Royal Ascot – Gold Cup Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

The Ascot Gold Cup is one of the highlights of the season, taking place on Day Three (Ladies Day) of the five day Royal Ascot meeting. Run over 2 miles 4 furlongs, the Gold Cup is one of the longest flat races of the season and is a test of stamina for all of the runners, making for thrilling viewing.

For the best part of a decade we’ve seen Aidan O’Brien’s runner Yeats dominate the competition at Royal Ascot. Yeats won set a new record by winning the race for four consecutive years between 2006 and 2009, and won again in 2011.

Vent De Force looks to be one of the key competitors in this year’s race after winning in the Group 3 Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes last month. Under Richard Hughes, the winner led throughout the two mile course and looks good to stay the course for the Ascot Gold Cup.

“It was Richard Hughes decision to lead,” said trainer Hughie Morrison of that victory. “It is nice to see that you can ride him wherever you like. That should hopefully put him spot on for Royal Ascot.”

Vent De Force is our favourite for the race at 9/1 with Betway.

Another one to watch for Thursday’s meeting is Peter Niven’s Clever Cookie (10/1, Sky Bet). The gelding has improved over the course of the year, following on from success at Ormonde Stakes with another victory in York’s Listed Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup.

The seven-year-old is in top form but, at 6 furlongs further than his York victory, Clever Cookie may lack the stamina to be the first past the post at Ascot.

The market is headed up by Forgotten Rules (3/1, Paddy Power) but trainer Dermot Weld has warned that the favourite’s performance on Thursday will be affected by the weather, commenting, “The usual ground proviso applies in the case of Forgotten Rules, who doesn’t want very fast ground.”

Brown Panther (8/1, Betway) also look good in this race having run well last year, as does Luca Cumani’s Mizzou (6/1, Betway) who won the Sagaro Stakes at the end of April.