Gold Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 21st June 2018
The feature contest on day three at Royal Ascot is the top staying event of the British season. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips for the historic Gold Cup.
First run at Ascot in 1807, this 2m4f, Group 1 contest for runners aged four and older now offers prize money of £400,000 and is one of only three perpetual trophies to be awarded at the Royal meeting.
Ascot Gold Cup 2018 Betting Offers and Enhanced Odds
- CORAL – 33/1 ON ORDER OF ST GEORGE TO WIN ASCOT GOLD CUP – 18+. New UK+IRE customers only. Certain deposit types and cash out excluded. Winning bets paid in cash at normal price. Enhanced odds paid in £5 free bets credited within 24 hours, valid for 4 days, stake not returned. T&Cs Apply.
- LADBROKES – 33/1 ON STRADAVARIUS TO WIN ASCOT GOLD CUP –+18. New UK+IRE players only. Time limited. Use “ASCOT”. Certain deposit types and cash out excluded. Min deposit £5. First bet £1. Winning bets paid in cash at normal price. Enhanced odds paid in £5 free bets credited within 24 hours, valid for 4 days, stake not returned. Losing £5 free bet excludes Grid customers. T&Cs Apply.
- RACEBETS – PLACE £20 ON GOLD CUP, GET STAKE BACK AS BONUS CASH IF BET LOSES – New customers from UK/IRE only. Min stake £/€20. Day of the race market only. Bet must be placed on the selected race of the day. Bet on any horse. Your selection must lose. Stake Back as a bonus cash. Max refund Stake £/€20. Bonus must be wagered x5 at odds of 1.5+ before withdrawal. 18+ begambleaware.org
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Ascot Gold Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Ascot Gold Cup 2018 Betting Tips and Race Preview
Thursday at Royal Ascot is Ladies’ Day. The focus is very much on fashion in the stands but it’s the Ascot Gold Cup that attracts most of the attention on the track. This Group 1 is run over two miles, three furlongs, 210 yards and is the most prestigious staying race of the entire British Flat season.
Recent races have produced some thrilling finishes but last year’s winner and the 2016 runner up, Big Orange, is sadly not in attendance for the 2018 renewal. Don’t think that his rival, Order Of St George, will have things his own way though. Not with young pretender, Stradivarius, snapping at his heels.
Take a Gamble on Stradivarius Going the Distance
Last year’s battle between Order Of St George and Big Orange will go down in Royal Ascot legend. The latter somehow managed to win by a short head and in so doing won even more fans. Order Of St George had already proven to be an out an out stayer and the bookies are probably right to make the six-year-old the favourite at a general 15/8. However, there is every chance he will come out second best again in another hotly anticipated head to head battle, this time against Stradivarius.
The first thing to say about backing Stradivarius at 2/1 with BetVictor is that it comes with a certain amount of risk. After all, John Gosden has admitted that he won’t know whether his charge is capable of getting the trip until the race. Two miles is the furthest that Stradivarius has gone so far. The first time he stepped up to that trip he won beat Big Orange by almost two lengths on good ground but the second time he finished behind both Order Of St George and Torcedor on soft ground at Ascot.
It’s clear that Stradivarius is a better horse on firmer ground. Gosden will therefore be delighted that the going is good to firm at Ascot and that the weather forecast suggests it’s only going to get firmer if anything. Stradivarius is the sort of horse who just gets on with his business and has risen to plenty of challenges before including when winning the Yorkshire Cup in May so he could be about to steal Order Of St George’s Gold Cup crown.
Torcedor Looks Very Much the Best of the Rest
The new Weatherby’s Hamilton Stayers’ Million has added even more excitement to the staying division. Thanks to his win Sagaro Stakes win at Ascot at the start of May, Torcedor is one of those horses still in with a chance of winning the £1,000,000 for his connections and he has a real chance of keeping those hopes alive by claiming Gold Cup success.
Jessica Harrington’s six-year-old was fifth in this race 12 months ago but has subsequently turned in some fine performances including when finishing second to Order Of St George twice towards the end of last season. His win at Ascot on his British seasonal reappearance has connections dreaming of a big prize and Torcedor certainly looks a solid each way option at 10/1 with Betfair.
Gold Cup Previous Winners
- 2017 – Big Orange – jockey James Doyles, trainer Michael Bell
- 2016 – Order Of St George – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Trip To Paris – jockey Graham Lee, trainer Ed Dunlop
- 2014 – Leading Light – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2013 – Estimate – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2012 – Colour Vision – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2011 – Fame and Glory – jockey Jamie Spencer , trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2010 – Rite Of Passage – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Dermot Weld
- 2009 – Yeats – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2008 – Yeats – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Yeats – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2006 – Yeats – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
Gold Cup History
There aren’t many races in the British racing calendar which boast over 200 years of history but we have one here. Ascot’s Gold Cup has been the jewel in the crown for flat racing’s stoutest stayers since it first took place at the Berkshire venue way back in 1807.
Whereas the race is now only open to those runners aged four and older, the conditions for the inaugural running permitted three year olds to take part. It was a three year old who duly won the first Gold Cup, and whilst the name of the trainer, owner and jockey seem to have been lost to the annals of time, we do know that the horse went by the name of Master Jackey.
1824 winner Bizarre showed there was nothing strange about his triumph by following up in 1825. In so doing he became the first to take the prize on more than one occasion. A number of others have won back to back renewals over the years including Fisherman, Touchstone, Le Moss and Ardross.
The 1847 winner is unique in the history of this race in that he had no name at the time he crossed the line! A winner here deserves a name at least, and in honour of the watching Nicholas I of Russia, the horse was handed the title of “The Emperor”. Proving his victory to be no, fluke The Emperor put up another regal performance to win again in 1848.
1977 winner Sagaro earned his place in the history books in becoming the first horse to win this marathon event three years in succession. In the capable hands of Lester Piggott for each of his victories, the French trained colt now has one of the key Gold Cup trials named in his honour. The Sagaro Stakes has been run at Ascot since 1978, with a number of its winners going on to land this contest. To win this war of attrition three years in a row was a magnificent achievement and it would take a pretty remarkable racehorse to better it.
In 2006 that horse arrived. Sired by the superstar stallion Sadler’s Wells, Yeats spent much of his first three seasons competing and winning smartly at around 1m2f-1m4f. Once stepped up to staying trips he progressed from being smart to becoming undoubtedly one of the greatest stayers of all time. Between 2006 and 2009 no other runner could get near him in the season’s biggest staying contest as the Aidan O’Brien star won four Gold Cup’s in a row. O’Brien had not won the Gold Cup prior to Yeats’ first win in 2006 but by 2016 was well out in front as the most successful trainer in the history of the race with seven wins.
Whilst Sagaro was the most prolific horse Lester Piggott rode to victory here, he was far from being The Long Fellow’s only winner. In addition to his treble on Sagaro, Piggott recorded a double in the race aboard Ardross as well as six other individual winners. All of which combined gives Royal Ascot’s greatest jockey an unsurpassed 11 wins in this staying showpiece, a record we don’t see being challeneged any time soon!