The Ascot Gold Cup

The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated race of the Royal Ascot meeting, and the feature race of the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

The Ascot Gold Cup was first run in 1807, and marked the high point of ‘Ladies Day’ at the races. The race has added importance as one of the races in the British Stayer’s Triple Crown, alongside the Doncaster Cup and the Goodwood Cup – a series that has only been won six times in the history of flat racing.

The Ascot Gold Cup is a Group 1 race open to four-year-old and above thoroughbreds. The race is run over two miles, four furlongs making it the premier stayers’ race in the United Kingdom.

Ascot Gold Cup Betting

The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious stayer’s race in the UK. It’s also a tough race to call, as it attracts entries of variable quality, some of which have never run over the race distance but have the potential to surprise higher rated horses when asked to stay 20 furlongs. Your best bet in this race is to focus your betting on proven stayers, even if they’re short on Group 1 experience and have national hunt experience. The market can be a good guide to the race outcome, but steer clear of highly rated horses that top the betting despite a lack of experience over distances greater than 12 furlongs.

Ascot Gold Cup Winners

The most successful jockey in the history of the race was Lester Piggot, who rode 11 Ascot Gold Cup winners between 1957 and 1982, partnering the great Sagaro for three of his wins.

Saeed bin Suroor, the gifted trainer from the United Arab Emirates, has the distinction of having trained the greatest number of winners of flat racing’s biggest event. Suroor achieved his first Ascot Gold Cup win in 1996, and in the following decade has seen three more of his horses pass the finishing post in first place.

Ascot Gold Cup Odds