Royal Ascot 2018 Race Cards
Royal Ascot has something for everyone, even if you're a racehorse. There are races at Royal Ascot for two-year-olds, like the Albany Stakes and Coventry Stakes, all the way up to the Ascot Stakes which tends to attract a few hurdlers. Form students at Royal Ascot take particular notice of the handicaps, such as the Royal Hunt Cup, the Britannia Stakes, the Duke of Edinburgh and, the betting highlight for many, the Wokingham Stakes.
GOLD CUP (Group 1) (1)
With 18 Group races (eight of those at Group 1 level) spread across the five days of Royal Ascot, it is not uncommon to see previous winners come back year after year. Might we see Big Orange and Order of St George lock horns once again in the Gold Cup? Or will The Tin Man, who powered home to win the Golden Jubilee, return to defend his sprinters’ crown in 2018?
Distance : 19f 210y Age : 4yo + Prize : £500000
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MAX DYNAMITE (FR)
J: William Buick
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Virtually as good as ever in a light Flat campaign in 2017 (placed for a second time in the Melbourne Cup), but left for dead by Stradivarius at York last month and possibly not the force of old.
ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
The highest-rated stayer in Europe, successful in this in 2016 and going down narrowly 12 months ago to Big Orange. Bloodless wins both starts this year and the one to beat.
J: Jim Crowley
T: Andrew Balding
Raced just 3 times since his sixth on firm ground in this in 2015, well beaten the following year and again in listed race back here after 23 months off last time. Impossible to fancy.
J: Martin Harley
T: David Simcock
Ran right up to his best when second to idling Vazirabad in the Dubai Gold Cup in March but well beaten in Sandown Group 2 8 weeks later. Will do well to better his 2016 third in this.
J: Colm O'Donoghue
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
Goes well at Ascot, splitting Order of St George and Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup last season and winning the Sagaro Stakes in the mud last month. Could better last year's fifth.
J: Christophe Soumillon
T: A. de Royer Dupre, France
Has won the 2m Dubai Gold Cup and Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier on his last 2 starts, both for the third year running. Stamina proven, most consistent, and can't be ruled out on first run in this.
DESERT SKYLINE (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: David Elsworth
Won the Doncaster Cup last season and improved again when second in the Yorkshire Cup last month for all he was beaten for a fourth time by Stradivarius. Suspect he'll relish this stiffer test.
J: Harry Bentley
T: Ralph Beckett
Course winner and belied huge odds to take fourth in the Long Distance Cup in October. Successful on reappearance but disappointing at Sandown next time. Has something to find over new trip.
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John Gosden
Highly progressive in 2017, winning the Queen's Vase and Goodwood Cup, and returned with an impressive success in the Yorkshire Cup. Very likeable and seems sure to stay this far. Leading claims.
STRADIVARIUS is a stayer on the up judged by his emphatic win in the Yorkshire Cup and he can improve past 2016-winner and last year's second Order of St George and take his place at the top table. Vazirabad is the best in the division in his native France and a big danger to all on his first run in the race.