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Ascot Gold Cup Tips – Royal Ascot 2021

FREE professional horse racing tips for  Royal Ascot 2021.

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When is the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot 2020?

Please note the day and/or time of this race has been changed for 2020

Royal Ascot Thursday 20th June 3.35pm
The Gold Cup (Group 1)
Age: 4yo+
Distance: Two mile four furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lb (4yo), 9st 2lbs (5yo+), (3lb allowance for fillies and mares, 1lb allowance for Southern hemisphere 4yo’s)
Prize: £500,000

Queen Mary Stakes 2019 where Raffle Prize wins

History of the Ascot Gold Cup race at Royal Ascot

First run in 1807, the Gold Cup was originally open to horses 3 years and over.

An interesting fact is that the 1844 race was attended by Nicholas I of Russia, who was making a state visit to England. Czar Nicholas offered a new trophy for the race the “Emperor's Plate” and this became the title of the event for a short period. Its original name was restored in 1853, during the Crimean War.

Lester Piggott is the Gold Cup's most successful jockey, with a phenomenal eleven wins between 1957 and 1982.

The leading trainer is Aidan O’Brien who has recorded seven wins so far, four of them with the fantastic YEATS. YEATS remains the most successful horse of the Ascot Gold Cup, with none beating it’s four wins.

Royal Ascot Gold Cup Trends and Statistics

Here are the Ascot Gold Cup 12-year Trends and Statistics:

  • Age – Ten of the last twelve winners were aged between four and six.
  • Sex – While males have dominated over the last twelve years, four horses, four geldings and three colts having won. There have only been two fillies entered in the race in the last twelve years and one of them won (ESTIMATE owned by her majesty The Queen), a 50% strike rate.
  • Country – Eight of the last twelve winners were bred in Ireland, three were bred in Great Britain and one in France
  • Colour – Eight of the last twelve winners have been bay (b), three were chestnut (ch) and the other one grey (gr).
  • Starting Price (SP) –, Ten of the last twelve winners were sent off at 6/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – Eight winning favourites in the last twelve years
  • Headgear – Ten of the last twelve winners wore no headgear the other two had cheekpieces on. 
  • Draw – Winners have come from all parts of the draw but no winner in the last twelve has been drawn higher than 12. 
  • Last Run Form – Nine of the last twelve winners won on their last run before Ascot. Eleven finished in the first three last time out.
  • Days since last run – Eleven of the last twelve winners had their last run between 13 and 53 days ago.
  • Course Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run at Ascot, eight of them had at least one previous win at Ascot.
  • Flat Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least six previous flat runs and at least three previous flat wins.
  • Official Rating – Only ten of the last twelve winners had an official rating and they were between 107 and 124.
  • Group Wins – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least one win in a Group race, seven of them had prevailed in a Group 1.
  • Current Season Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one run that season, ten of them had at least one win that season.

Recent Winners of The Ascot Gold Cup

The runners in the Ascot Gold Cup

No.FormDHorseA/SW/HGJockeyTrainerMilesStallOROddsHRBCD
4111112313Stradivarius (IRE)6yo H9-2Dettori, LGosden, J H M8821224/7295CD
7532153112Nayef Road (IRE)4yo C9-1Moore, RyanJohnston, M243111312/1270
14112434277Cross Counter5yo G9-2Doyle, JamesAppleby, Charlie8861186/1249C
3562583312Prince Of Arran7yo G9-2Atzeni, AndreaFellowes, Charlie88811325/1231
5111015712Withhold7yo G9-2 CkPcWatson, JasonCharlton, R57711033/1209
83125616278Technician (IRE)4yo C9-1Murphy, OisinMeade, M5451165/1204
21227204243Mekong5yo G9-2 Hood1Crowley, JimOsborne, J A28411250/1203
61114365Moonlight Spirit (IRE)4yo G9-1Buick, WilliamAppleby, Charlie88311016/1188

What's Keith's Ascot Gold Cup Tips for Royal Ascot?

Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers.  He's been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, and here's his thoughts ahead of the race:

Originally billed as a rematch between dual Gold Cup winner and peoples favourite STRADIVARIUS and KEW GARDENS who lowered his colours in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day but KEW GARDENS has since been scratched. There are still plenty of questions that need answering though, is STRADIVARIUS as good as he was at around 4/7 the betting market confidence is high? What about the other leading contender's TECHNICIAN, CROSS COUNTER, and NAYEF ROAD. I have my eye on an each-way option to take STRADIVARIUS  but a lot will depend on race day conditions. Sun is forecast for gold cup day, lets hope they have got it right.

Keith's final choice

15:35 NAYEF ROAD 16/1 each way – Every fibre of my body screams STRADIVARIUS will win his third Gold Cup but at 4/5 the value is poor. Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee ran him close three times last season earning us a bit of place money in the process. NAYEF ROAD is another Johnston inmate, he galloped strongly to win the Sagaro at Newcastle 2 weeks ago and is cracking each-way value at 16/1.

How it fared

NAYEF ROAD 2ND 16/1 (ADV) – WOW!! What a fantastic race, NAYEF ROAD took the race by the scruff of the neck and attempted to make all and without the machine STRADIVARIUS in the race, he would have done, but, when Frankie Dettori pressed the accelerator on the champion it was game over as the STRADIVARIUS landed his third Gold Cup by a wide margin. NAYEF ROAD himself was 8 lengths ahead of the field but 10 lengths behind the winner. WOW!!

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Ascot Gold Cup:

Leading Contenders
STRADIVARIOUS 13/8 – Dominated the staying division last season winning five from five and it will take something special to knock him off his perch, but the opposition look stronger this year. Won his prep race at York.
CROSS COUNTER 9/2 – Impressive CV, three wins from four at Group Level. Finished off last season with victory in the Melbourne Cup and started this season with a win in the Dubai Gold Cup.
DEE EX BEE 6/1 – Second in the Derby was definitely his best run last season. The step up to two miles brought out the best in him and he won the Sagaro here with some authority and followed up in the Henry II at Sandown has put him firmly in the picture to this race.
KEW GARDENS 12/1 – St Leger winner, seventh in the Arc only four lengths behind Enable. Won the Queen’s Vase at last year’s Royal Ascot in a faster time than STRADIVARIOUS the year before. Second on unsuitable going at Chester last time.

Readers of our Ascot Flyer will know that my original selection was KEW GARDENS each way and I still believe he will be involved but the way that DEE EX BEE 6/1 each way has been running this season is impressive and I think that is where the value lies.

What our members tipped in the 2019 Ascot Gold Cup

Each day we ask our members to select their Pick 6, their NAP for each race of the day.  We then collate all the picks, and present the top selections to our VIP members.  Our members picked these for the Ascot Gold Cup: 

A huge 55% of you on Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius but not much value here in the betting. Nayef Road and Moonlight Spirit had some early support, but next best is Technician with 10.5% of the selections.

No guessing who gets the lion’s share of the votes, with Stradivarius way out in front with almost 60% of the votes.  Dee Ex Bee the nearest contender with 21.7% of the votes.

Royal Ascot Ascot Gold Cup Results 2019

1 Stradivarius 1/1F
2 Dee Ex Bee 7/2
3 Master Of Reality 66/1
11 ran Distances: 1l, nse, ¾l

Our Verdict:

It nearly didn’t happen for Stradivarius as he got blocked in until a furlong out, but as space opened up, and Dettori asks for effort, Stradivarius delivers, taking the Ascot Gold Cup from Dee Ex Bee who led for much of the race. Our members and our Tipster both agreed to form the forecast – Stradivarius and Dee Ex Bee leaving plenty of punters happy with that result.

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