It’s one of the absolute highlights at Royal Ascot each year, and we’ll be treated to a strong edition of the Group 1 Gold Cup early on Friday morning AEST.
The Gold Cup typically always produces one or two genuine Melbourne Cup contenders, and it has been won by the likes of Big Orange, Order Of St George and Trip To Paris.
It has also been won by Stradivarius in each of the last three years, and the champion stayer has opened odds-on as he chases a fourth crown this week.
Check out my 2021 Ascot Gold Cup Tips below.
Winx was to the Cox Plate as Stradivarius is to the Gold Cup, and it would take a braver man than me to tip against him.
The seven-year-old son of Sea The Stars has clearly been an utter star since making his competitive debut, and there is no doubt that he is one of, if not still the best distance horse in the world.
He returned to the races this time for a lovely win in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes, and I simply cannot wait to see him under Frankie Dettori once more.
Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment will step out in this year’s Gold Cup and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
Having won the Race That Stops a Nation in impressive fashion last year, handing trainer Joseph O’Brien his second win on the first Tuesday of November, Twilight Payment has had just two starts since returning home, but he has been competitive in each.
He worked home well to fill the minors in the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes when resuming last month, and he was last seen finishing third again, this time behind Emperor Of The Sun in the Listed Levmoss Stakes.
He looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and he adds some serious value to our Gold Cup first four at odds of $26.
Subjectivist will take winning form into the Ascot Gold Cup and looks a competitive chance once more.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt has been a model of consistency since making his debut in 2019, and he ended his last preparation with a lovely win in the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp.
He picked up where he left off with a dominant win in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup in March, and while I think a couple of these have him covered for class, I don’t see why he won’t return another bold effort.
It almost wouldn’t be a Group 1 race during the Royal Ascot Carnival without something from the Aidan O’Brien yard, and Santiago looks a competitive chance in the Gold Cup as well.
The Authorized entire has missed placing only twice in nine career starts, and resumed this time for a credible fourth in the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan before hitting the line for second behind Spanish Mission in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes last time.
He’s another horse who looks ready to do something third-up, and I’m keen to see what he can do over the long trip.