Royal Ascot Gold Cup
Hailed as Royal Ascot’s oldest surviving race, and indeed the most prestigious event for stayers – horses specialising in long-distance races – this particular Royal Ascot Gold Cup Group one contest has the makings of an all-out, entertaining affair. You’ll be pleased to know that our writers have provided you with the means to find out, including the latest Ascot free bets and tips to match.
Royal Ascot Gold Cup Favourite
The horse the tipsters have forecasted to lead the charge to Ascot glory is none other than the Ascot Gold Cup reigning champ – STRADIVARIUS. Having already won the race in consecutive years, the son of SEA THE STARS is on track to claim a historic hat-trick of staying victories in this year’s renewal. However, as impressive as his form has been in the staying division, he’s been beaten just once over two miles or further in the last two tears, it’ll be no walk in the park for the talented stayer as he takes on a host of young guns itching to wrestle away his crown
Spearheading the list of potential contenders is KEW GARDENS – a name that will haunt fans of the Royal Ascot Gold Cup favourite, given that he broke STRADIVARIUS’s’ staying streak at British Champions Day last year. Kew Gardens has any amount of improvement to come over these marathon trips, being beaten just once in four races over 1m6f or further. Whether or not he can repeat his Champions Day heroics in the 2020 Royal Ascot is up for debate given that there are still concerns surrounding his race fitness as he has not been seen on the track for eight months, but bookmakers rate him a solid chance to ruin the hat-trick party of Stradivarius.
The Best of The Rest
Despite the likelihood of a big field, the 2020 Ascot Gold Cup is shaping up to be a two-horse race between Stradivarius and his Ascot conqueror Kew Garden. But those punters who back outsiders have plenty of horses to choose from as they select their Royal Ascot tips. TECHNICIAN has been highly spoken of and comes into the race on the back of a career-best effort when landing the Prix du Cadran in France last season. One huge positive to his chances is that he could be ridden by champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
Another key contender is the Charlie-Appleby trained CROSS COUNTER. This colt made history by winning the 2018 Melbourne Cup but he was well beaten in the Ascot Gold Cup last year and there is no real reason to think he can turn around the form from that race and it will be a huge shock if he makes his way into the 2020 Royal Ascot winner’s enclosure.
So strap yourselves in and get ready to witness a potentially titanic struggle between STRADIVARIUS or KEW GARDENS in this year’s Royal Ascot Gold Cup and with no spectators allowed on track this year it could well be worth watching the race as it happens on our Ascot live streaming services.