4:20pm: Gold Cup (Group 1)
The Ascot Gold Cup, the highlight of the week’s racing, is a prestigious Group 1 race spanning a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. Scheduled for 16:20 on Thursday, 22nd June, it holds a prominent position on the third day of the highly anticipated Royal Ascot 2023. Last year’s Ascot Gold Cup was a thrilling showcase of stamina and determination. In a nail-biting finish, the rising star stayer Kyprios displayed incredible resilience to fend off the challenge of the promising Mojo Star and the three-time Gold Cup champion Stradivarius. Kyprios enjoyed a smooth passage throughout the race, while Stradivarius faced a more challenging journey, having to navigate through traffic and take a wider route to launch his bid. This victory marked the beginning of a remarkable Group 1 winning streak for Kyprios, who went on to secure triumphs in the Goodwood Cup, the Irish St Leger, and the Prix du Cadran, where he astoundingly left the field behind, triumphing by an astonishing margin of 20 lengths.
Key Trends for Ascot Gold Cup Winners
Age:All 12 of the last winners were aged 4-6.
Price: 8 out of 12 winners have been favourites/joint favourites, and 10 out of 12 winners finished in the top 3 in the betting.
Last Run: 10 out of 12 winners won on their last run before Ascot, and 11 out of 12 winners had their last run within 50 days.
Previous Course Form: 9 out of 12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Ascot, and 7 out of 12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Ascot.
Previous Distance Form: 9 out of 12 winners had at least 1 previous run over 16 furlongs or further, 7 out of 12 winners had at least 2 previous runs over 16 furlongs or further, and 9 out of 12 winners had at least 1 previous win over 16 furlongs or further.
Rating: 10 out of 12 winners had a rating of 117 or higher.
Group Wins: 7 out of 12 winners had at least 1 win in a Group 1 race, and 11 out of 12 winners had at least 1 win in a Group 1-3 race.
Previous Flat Form: 10 out of 12 winners had at least 8 previous flat runs, and 10 out of 12 winners had at least 5 previous flat wins.
Season Form: All 12 winners had at least 1 run in the current season, and 11 out of 12 winners had at least 1 win in the current season.
Past 10 Winners
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||Order Of St George 
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Yibir is a high-class performer who concluded the 2022 season with a victory in the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket. Looked rusty in his recent outing, finishing fourth of seven in the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury over 12 furlongs on good to firm ground. While he needs to prove his stamina, there are few in this field who possess his level of class and for that reason is worth having on your side.
Emily Dickinson showed great potential as a stayer when winning the Group 3 Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh late last season. She resumed her progress with a victory in the listed Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on her return. Disappointed on quicker ground in her most recent race, that performance may well be an anomaly and a few from the yard not running well at the time. Still has potential at this level and a big player.
Trueshan has established himself as one of the leading stayers in recent years. Alan King runner demonstrated his quality by winning the Northumberland Plate last summer while carrying a significant weight. He followed up that success by narrowly defeating Coltrane to secure his third consecutive Long Distance Cup at this venue. Although he hasn’t been at his best this season, the recent rain will be advantageous for him. and has undergone a breathing operation.
Eldar Eldarov achieved success at the Queen’s Vase during this meeting last year before triumphing in the St Leger at Doncaster. Ran well on return, finishing a close second in the Yorkshire Cup, and has shown on previous occasions that he may appreciate a longer distance.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips: Emily Dickinson
Each Way Alternative: Yibir
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