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Gold Cup 2021 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.

4:15 Thu 17 Jun GOLD CUP

Distance: 19f 210y Age: 4yo + Prize: £213,017 Going: Firm

Analyst's Verdict

STRADIVARIUS has dominated this division since 2018 and went with all his usual zest when winning the Sagaro here on his return. He can emulate the mighty Yeats and land a fourth Gold Cup. Subjectivist and Trueshan look the chief dangers.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. NAYEF ROAD (IRE)
J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
5
9-2
Chased home Stradivarius in this last year but has a couple of heavy defeats to put behind him this time around. Hard to fancy.
2
jockey silks 2. RIP VAN LIPS (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: A. Suborics, Germany
5
9-2
Back to winning ways in 2m Group 2 in Germany 6 weeks ago. Suspect he'll stay this longer trip but he looks out of his depth in this company.
3
jockey silks 3. SPANISH MISSION (USA)
J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-2
Back to winning ways in the Yorkshire Cup last month from Santiago, gradually drawing clear. Consistent and looked all stamina when landing the Doncaster Cup in September, so place claims.
4
jockey silks 4. STRADIVARIUS (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
7
9-2
Has led all before him in the British staying division since 2018 and bounced back to winning ways with an impressive victory in the Sagaro here 7 weeks ago. Can land this for the fourth year running.
5
jockey silks 5. TRUESHAN (FR)
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Alan King
5
9-2
Stormed clear to win the Long Distance Cup here in October, with Stradivarius having an off-day, and returned with an encouraging run behind Japan in the Ormonde at Chester. Can go well up in trip.
6
jockey silks 6. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
8
9-2
Melbourne Cup hero who has been a bit below that form in 2 runs in Ireland this year, no match for Emperor of The Sun at Leopardstown latest. First go over this trip and wouldn't be sure to stay.
7
jockey silks 7. AMHRAN NA BHFIANN (IRE)
J: W. M. Lordan
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Lightly-raced Derby third who opened his account easily in Dundalk maiden in April. Possibly amiss behind Emperor of The Sun at Leopardstown since and the blinkers go on now. Remains unexposed.
8
jockey silks 8. BEN LILLY (IRE)
J: Graham Lee
T: David Brown
4
9-1
Useful handicapper who has been a credit to his trainer but surely biting off more than he can chew in this stepped up in trip.
9
jockey silks 9. EMPEROR OF THE SUN (IRE)
J: G. M. Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Gained a deserved second success, and a first at listed level, at Leopardstown last month. This sort of test could bring out more from him and it's not hard to see him running into the frame.
10
jockey silks 10. SANTIAGO (IRE)
J: Seamie Heffernan
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Irish Derby winner who was also fourth in the St Leger last season. Better run second time back this year when behind Spanish Mission in the Yorkshire Cup but needs to improve for this longer trip.
11
jockey silks 11. SERPENTINE (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Not really seen to advantage since his stunning Derby success last year, possibly needing the run at the Curragh last month. Interesting he's been supplemented for this as he goes up markedly in trip.
12
jockey silks 12. SUBJECTIVIST
J: Joe Fanning
T: Mark Johnston
4
9-1
Relished the test of stamina when winning heavy-ground Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp last season and was electric when bolting up in the Dubai Gold Cup in March. Longer trip will suit. Dangerous.
13
jockey silks 13. PRINCESS ZOE (GER)
J: J. M. Sheridan
T: Anthony Mullins, Ireland
6
8-13
Completed a stunning 5-timer in the Prix du Cadran in 2020, so she won't want for stamina, and she caught the eye on her latest start. Could ruffle a few feathers if back on song back up in distance.

Betting Forecast : 5/4 1.25 STRADIVARIUS, 13/2 6.5 SUBJECTIVIST, 7/1 7 TRUESHAN, 10/1 10 SPANISH MISSION, 16/1 16 SANTIAGO, 20/1 20 EMPEROR OF THE SUN, 25/1 25 SERPENTINE, 28/1 28 PRINCESS ZOE, 33/1 33 TWILIGHT PAYMENT, 50/1 50 AMHRAN NA BHFIANN, 80/1 80 NAYEF ROAD, 250/1 250 RIP VAN LIPS, 300/1 300 BEN LILLY

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 2021 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?

16:15

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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