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Gold Cup 2020 Racecard

The Gold Cup is a Group 1 Flat race held on the third day of Royal Ascot (Thursday), over a distance of roughly two and a half miles, and is open to horses of four years and older.

3:35

Thursday 18 June

Distance: 19f 210y Age: 4yo + Prize: £250000 Going: Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. CROSS COUNTER
J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
5
9-2
2018 Melbourne Cup winner. Not disgraced under big weight in valuable Saudi Arabia handicap on reappearance in February. Sure to be in mix but Stradivarius had his measure last year.

2
Jocket Silks 2. MEKONG
J: Jim Crowley
T: Jamie Osborne
5
9-2
Some 6 lengths behind Stradivarius here last autumn on final run for Sir Michael Stoute. In front of Cross Counter when second in Saudi Arabia in February but meets that rival on 7 lb worse terms now.

3
Jocket Silks 3. PRINCE OF ARRAN
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Charlie Fellowes
7
9-2
Tremendous globe-trotting star who won another good prize in Australia in October. Split Mekong and Cross Counter in Saudi Arabia in February. Also fine third to Nayef Road at Newcastle 12 days ago.

4
Jocket Silks 4. STRADIVARIUS (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John Gosden
6
9-2
Champion stayer who has won this race for the last 2 years. Good reappearance third in Coronation Cup dropped to 1½m at Newmarket 13 days ago. Clear on form now stepping back up in distance.

5
Jocket Silks 5. WITHHOLD
J: Jason Watson
T: Roger Charlton
7
9-2
Has a few top-level staying handicaps to his name and also bagged listed prize at Newmarket last autumn. Disappointed in blinkers on Newcastle return and no surprise to see usual cheekpieces return.

6
Jocket Silks 6. MOONLIGHT SPIRIT (IRE)
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
4
9-1
Longchamp Group 3 winner over 15f last September and improved again when ¾-length second to Technician in Group 2 there final start. Will need to up his game to go close but unexposed at 2m+.

7
Jocket Silks 7. NAYEF ROAD (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Mark Johnston
4
9-1
Third (Moonlight Spirit fourth) in Queen's Vase at this meeting last year. Also good third in St Leger final start and duly proved suited by step up to 2m when winning Sagaro at Newcastle on return.

8
Jocket Silks 8. TECHNICIAN (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Martyn Meade
4
9-1
Has very good record on going softer than good, accounting for Moonlight Spirit in Longchamp Group 2 last October before landing Group 1 Prix Royal Oak there on final start. Any rain in his favour.

Analyst's Verdict

It's hard to see past STRADIVARIUS as he bids to become only the third three-time winner of this race. His reappearance run at Newmarket over a much shorter trip suggests he retains all his ability and he can confirm last year's superiority over Cross Counter. Nayef Road could have more to come at this trip and may prove best of the rest.

With a purse of £500,000, £283,550 of that going to winning connections, it is the feature race on the Thursday card, and the premier stayers’ race of the UK Flat calendar.

At around a quarter of a mile longer than any other UK pattern race, it represents an extreme test of stamina, and is the first leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown, followed by the Goodwood Cup (Group 1, 2m) and the Doncaster Cup (Group 2, 2m 2f).

The race has been run annually for over 200 years, having been established in 1807, though it was originally open to horses of three years and older. It has almost always been known as the ‘Ascot Gold Cup’, but in fact ‘Ascot’ does not appear in the race’s official name.

With no maximum age allowed, horses commonly compete in the Gold Cup in successive years, and many have managed successive wins. Since the turn of the millennium, two horses have managed such a feat: the Mark-Johnston-trained Royal Rebel (2001, 2002) and Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant Yeats, who won a record four times (2006-2009). Unsurprisingly, O’Brien is also the leading trainer, with seven wins altogether (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016).

The jockey record is equally impressive, with the great Lester Piggott managing no fewer than 11 Gold Cup victories over the course of 25 years (1957, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1982).

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Gold Cup 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Gold Cup?

2 miles, 3 furlongs 210 yards

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Thursday

What time is the Gold Cup?

15:35

What weights are carried in the Gold Cup?

9 st 2 lb. 1 lb allowance for four-year-olds. 3 lb allowance for fillies

What is the purse for the Gold Cup?

£250,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Gold Cup*?

Lester Piggott, with 11 wins

Who is the leading trainer in the Gold Cup*?

Aidan O’Brien, with 7 wins

Who won the Gold Cup?

You can check out our Gold Cup results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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