Royal Ascot Runners
The final list of Royal Ascot runners 2021 won’t be announced until right before the race. However, we already have some clear clues as to which horses are running at Ascot 2021.
In this article, we’ll discuss our favourites and see why we believe they are the current Royal Ascot favourites.
Which Horses Are Running at Royal Ascot 2021?
Royal Ascot has been the centrepiece of the UK racing calendar for well over a century.
In the following segment, we’ll go through some of the top Royal Ascot runners 2021. We’ll see what makes them Royal Ascot favourites and take a look at their performance so far:
*Odds updated 14/6/2021. All subject to change.
You should, however, be aware that changes in the lineup can happen even on the day of the race. That is why you should use the information on Royal Ascot horses only as an indication.
Regularly attended by the members of the British Royal Family, the event has also had the status of a major social event. It’s no wonder then that every year there is a ton of interest in Royal Ascot favourites. It’s because the event is a clash of some of the biggest names in horse racing.
Additionally, it will allow a huge number of people, to bet on Royal Ascot runners. Taking into account how monumental the event is, there will be many well-known names vying for the top spot.
Royal Ascot Runners 2021
As Royal Ascot 2021 draws closer we get ever nearer to knowing who will take part for certain. The big race of the week is the Gold Cup, run on Thursday over two-and-a-half miles at Group 1 level.
This is the prize they all want to win, with these five horses being the ones we consider to be among the favourites for the best staying race of the year – the 2021 Ascot Gold Cup.
Age: 7 / Jockey: L. Dettori / Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
The champ is back for more. Having landed an incredible four Goodwood Cup victories, the brilliant seven-year-old son of Sea The Stars is looking to match that feat in the Gold Cup.
His third win last year was the highlight of his impeccable racing career, despite being achieved on unfavourable soft ground. The competition is definitely better this year, but having reappeared with a cosy win in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot over two miles he seems ready for the task.
Age: 4 / Jockey: J Fanning / Trainer: Mark Johnston
From the elder statesman to the new kid on the block. Four-year-old Subjectivist looks sure to take over wherever and whenever Stradivarius leaves off, trainer Mark Johnston hoping he can get to the top early by knocking the champ off his perch.
Subjectivist was an excellent winner of the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak last autumn and ran away with a Group 2 event in Dubai back in March. Natural improvement would make him dangerous here.
Age: 5 / Jockey: H Doyle / Trainer: Alan King
In beating Withhold at Salisbury before taking down the British Champions Long Distance Cup last season Trusehan announced himself as one of the best stayers around.
Since then, he has chased Japan home at Chester, is improving all the time, likes most ground conditions and has handled Ascot well in the past.
Age: 5 / Jockey: W Buick / Andrew Balding
Overlooked by many, Spanish Mission comes into this as the current Doncaster Cup and Yorkshire Cup winner which is form that is very hard to ignore. Very soft ground would be a problem, so good weather is hoped for.
Age: 4 / Jockey: TBC / Andrew Balding
This is a very dangerous horse to overlook. Aidan O’Brien can call on his experience of having trained the great Yeats to a similar level of Stradivarius in years gone by. An Irish Derby winner, fourth in the St Leger and second last time to Spanish Mission this horse could yet be on the premises.
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Royal Ascot 2020 Gold Cup Results
There are eight Group 1 races at Royal Ascot each year with the entire breeding and training community pinning their hopes on this week. The central race in among all of this is the historic Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup is legendary, easily the most prestigious event of the week and the one they all want to win. There is more than just prize money at stake in this race every season.
The 2020 Gold Cup was held in front of empty grandstands on Thursday, June 18. Stradivarius was sent off the 4/5 favourite to win his third renewal in a row, only the soft ground planting doubts of the minds of punters and his trainer, John Gosden.
In the end, Strad got the job done with the minimum of fuss. Having come into the race smoothly, Frankie Dettory afforded himself some cheeky looks around with a couple of furlongs to go when he pressed the button and waited for the response underneath. That response was electric.
Despite the unfavourable going, Stradivarius and Frankie pulled an incredible 10 lengths clear of Nayef Road and 18 clear of Cross Counter back in third to record an historic win.
Here’s how they all finished in the 2020 Gold Cup:
- 1 Stradivarius (Frankie Dettori) (4/5F)2 Nayef Road (Ryan Moore) (11/1)
- 3 Cross Counter (James Doyle) (7/1)
- 4 Withhold (Jason Watson) (40/1)
- 5 Mekong (Jim Crowley) (33/1)
- 6 Prince Of Arran (Andrea Atzeni) (33/1)
- 7 Technician (Oisin Murphy) (4/1)
- 8 Moonlight Spirit (William Buick) (10/1)
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