With only a month to go till the newest renewal of Royal Ascot, followers of flat racing up and down the nation shall be rubbing their fingers in anticipation of the long-lasting assembly. In fact, the occasion came about behind closed doorways throughout the peak of the pandemic final June. Nevertheless, this yr followers shall be welcomed again to the historic course and that can undoubtedly make for a a lot better pageant as horses and jockeys alike revel within the environment.
There’s little question that Stradivarius would be the identify on everybody’s lips within the construct as much as Royal Ascot. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori and the John Gosden-trained seven-year-old are gunning for an historic fourth-successive victory within the Group 1 race and they’re the outright favourites to take action at round 6/4. Stradivarius’ type left just a little to be desired in direction of the again finish of final season, as he didn’t win in three outings — his worst run of type since he began competing in 2016. Nevertheless, he was again within the winners’ enclosure at Ascot final month, and that can fill his backers with confidence.
At 6/1, Subjectivist is the likeliest horse to cease Stradivarius, Dettori and Gosden from taking dwelling a fourth Gold Cup. The Mark Johnson-trained four-year-old got here dwelling in third at 22/1 within the King George V Stakes at Ascot final summer season, and went on to have a good flat season — successful at Hamilton and Goodwood earlier than touchdown the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp in Paris. He’s began this yr with a victory within the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan and he’s definitely in good nick to push Stradivarius all the best way at Royal Ascot.
Sir Ron Priestly
Sir Ron Priestly is one other horse from Johnson’s esteemed yard hoping to usurp the chances on this yr’s Gold Cup. The five-year-old, who’s at present 8/1, had a cracking season in 2019 — successful 5 of his seven races — and it appears like 571 days with no race hasn’t hampered his profession as he’s again to successful methods, scooping victories at Nottingham and Newmarket already. The Gold Cup shall be a step up, however don’t rule him out.
Trueshan is sizzling on the heels of Sir Ron Priestly at 9/1. The Alan King-trained horse was a little bit of a blended bag for probably the most a part of final season — successful twice in 4 outings. Nevertheless, he has regarded a lot better since Hollie Doyle has taken the reins from Martin Harley. Doyle and the five-year-old landed a victory at 11/1 within the British Champions Lengthy Distance Cup at Ascot in October however had been narrowly overwhelmed by Ryan Moore and Japan at Chester earlier this month.
The likes of Tiger Moth (10/1), Search For A Music (12/1), Ocean Wind (12/1) and Santiago (14/1) are all subsequent in line.