Ryan Moore is used to making history, but on the third day of Royal Ascot, he has a chance to prevent Stradivarius from claiming his position in the record book.
When superstar resident Stradivarius wins, he joins the Great Yeats and becomes the only horse to win the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4,000m) four times, after winning the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup. It bounces off the race in good shape. Third time on his last start.
Stradivarius has become a true fan favorite in the UK thanks to owner Bjorn Nielsen’s continued training rather than cramming into the studs. If he hits the front inside the last Furlong, cheer this week.
Having won many of the world’s largest races, including Group One in the Hong Kong International Races, Moore is aiming for his third Gold Cup victory after winning Queen Elizabeth in 2013 and the Knights of St. George in 2016. And this year, he rides the latest kids in the Cyprios stay block.
The four-year-old hasn’t raced over 2,800 meters yet, so he pushes his stamina to the limit. This will be a test of his class and internal organs.
Moore’s Mount has taken a big step against the proven Group 1 performer, but promotes his qualifications more than he did when he won Group 3 in 14 lengths in Leopardstown on his final start. I couldn’t.
Hollie Doyle, who recently said she was open to riding longer stints in Hong Kong, would have been raindancing most of last week to help her Mount Trushan.
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But with no rain in the UK for at least the last seven days, she’s unlikely to get the chance to tackle the most famous race at the conference.
Elsewhere on the card, Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes (2,400m) lost some of its brilliance following the asylum of the unlucky Oaks’ second Emily Upjohn, but the race was Doyle’s husband. Tom Mercand offers a good opportunity to record another Royal Ascot victory.
He embarks on the very promising Sea Silk Road. The Sea Silk Road has been undefeated in the two starts of the season and represents informal trainer William Hagas.
The last impressive winner at Goodwood, she needs to continue to rank up here when she steps up to the levels listed in her steps.
The only Royal Ascot success of the current Hong Kong Jockey Harry Bentley took place in 2019 at the Britannia Stakes (1,600m) on a biometrics for trainer Ralph Beckett. Ralph Beckett seems to have another chance to race with Jimi Hendrix.
Having lightly raced with two wins from just four starts, he had an impressive Haydock victory at the last start and appealed as a possible type of race when he sneaked beneath the weights. Victory.