Royal Ascot Runners

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The final list of Royal Ascot runners 2020 won’t be announced until right before the race. However, we already have some clear clues as to which horses are running at Ascot 2020.

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 2020?

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 2020. We’ll see what makes them Royal Ascot favourites and take a look at their performance so far:

Coronation Stakes Runners - Day 5

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QUADRILATERAL flag

Coronation Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Jason Watson / Trainer: R. Charlton
Quadrilateral is the ante-post favourite for the Coronation. She won her three starts at age 2, looking like a filly who’d be better as a 3-year-old, and turned in a solid 2020 debut finishing third June 7 in the 1000 Guineas. Quadrilateral is a Khalid Abdullah homebred by Frankel trained by Roger Charlton.
QUADRILATERAL TO WIN 11/4*
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ALPINE STAR flag

Coronation Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori / Trainer: Mrs John Harrington
Although Alpine Star missed her engagement in the French 1,000 Guineas due to travel restrictions, the filly from Ireland has a live chance in the Coronation Stakes courtesy of Jessica Harrington and with the assistance of Jockey Frankie Dettori.
ALPINE STAR TO WIN 7/2*
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RUN WILD flag

Coronation Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 3 / Jockey: James Doyle / Trainer: John Gosden
Run Wild is ready to have a leading chance after her reappearance at Newmarket this month, where she had a commanding win in the Betfair EBF Pretty Polly Stakes.
RUN WILD TO WIN 5/1*

St James's Palace Stakes Runners - Day 5

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PINATUBO flag

Race: St James's Palace Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: William Buick / Trainer: C. Appleby
Pinatubo, who came in third after Wichita in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago, is set to renew rivalry against his contendent at the St James’s Palace Stakes. Charlie Appleby, Pinatubo’s trainer, seems confident that his colt has continued to grow and develop since last season.
PINATUBO TO WIN 7/4*
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WICHITA flag

Race: St James's Palace Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Ryan Moore / Trainer: A P O'Brien
Wichita will be looking for his momentum to defeat Pinatubo, his close rival in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket two weeks ago. He began his season with a win in his Group race in Newmarket and then ran very well in the Dewhurst.
WICHITA TO WIN 9/4*
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PALACE PIER flag

Race: St James's Palace Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori / Trainer: John Gosden
Palace Pier has a real chance of passing the Guineas placed horses and land the St James’s Palace Stakes. He was impressive at Sandown in two minor events as a juvenile.
PALACE PIER TO WIN 4/1*

Diamond Jubilee Runners Day 5

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SCEPTICAL flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori / Trainer: D. Hogan
Sceptical, the highest-rated sprinter in Ireland, a firm favourite to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. A Godolphin reject that has proven his worth over time.
SCEPTICAL TO WIN 10/3*
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ONE MASTER flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 6 / Age: 4 / Jockey: James Doyle / Trainer: W. Haggas
Ran a blinder at Ascot last October coming second to Donjuan Triumphant by only one length. The track was heavy back then so this horse would be hoping for much of the same come Royal Ascot 2020. He also ran 1st in the ParisLongChamp last October on very soft ground.
ONE MASTER TO WIN 9/2*
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HELLO YOUMZAIN flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Kevin Stott / Trainer: K. Ryan
Hello Youmzain was disappointing last time out as the 4-year-old finished eighth. But, Kevin Ryan will be hoping that he can reach his previous best form that he showed at Haydock in September.
HELLO YOUMZAIN TO WIN 5/1*

Queen Anne Stakes - Royal Ascot Runners Day 1 Results

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS (Winner) flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Ryan Moore / Trainer: A P O'Brien
Circus Maximus was headed near the finish by Terebellum, ridden by Frankie Dettori, but Ryan Moore got him just in front again at the line.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS S/P 4/1F*
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TEREBELLUM (2nd) flag

Race: Queen Anne /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori / Trainer: J. Gosden
After winning this race 3 times, Frankie Dettori was pipped at the post. Terebellum travelled well though Circus Maximus got the better of him in the last seconds.
TEREBELLUM S/P 5/1*
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MARIE'S DIAMOND (3rd) flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Joe Fanning / Trainer: M. Johnston
Began the race with a quick pace, leading the field momentarily. Though Circus Maximus and Terebellum got the better of the Mark Johnston horse from 2f out.
MARIE'S DIAMOND S/P 40/1*

King's Stand Stakes - Royal Ascot Runners Day 1 Results

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BATTAASH (WINNER) flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 5 / Jockey: Jim Crowley / Trainer: C. Hills
One of the fastest sprinters in the world won the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs. The colt made it third time lucky after being runner up in this race in 2018 and 2019.
BATTAASH S/P 5/6 Fav
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EQUILATERAL (2nd) flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: James Doyle / Trainer: C. Hills
Bataash's stablemate ran a gallant second in the King's Stand Stakes. He travelled well, was slightly held up at the back, but maintained a good pace from 1f out.
EQUILATERAL S/P 10/1*
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LIBERTY BEACH (3rd) flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Jason Hart / Trainer: J. Quinn
The adaptability of this horse puts her in good stead to face any conditions at Ascot. She stays the six furlong trip only pipped for 2nd place at the post by Equilateral.
LIBERTY BEACH S/P 4/1*

Prince of Wales Stakes - Royal Ascot Runners Day 2 Results

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LORD NORTH flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 4 / Jockey: James Doyle / Trainer: J. Gosden
A bit short of room in the pack, Lord North switched left over 2f out and charged home. His stamina during final furlong, was too much for the rest of the field. He won comfortably.
LORD NORTH S/P 5/1
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ADDEYBB flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 6 / Jockey: Tom Marquand / Trainer: W. Haggas
Despite being a favourite, Addeybb was past over 2f out. He briefly led over 1f out, but could not stay the pace of Lord North.
ADDEYBB S/P 4/1
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BARNEY ROY flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 6 / Jockey: William Buick / Trainer: C. Appleby
As a favourite, Barney Roy started the race well, only held up in behind the leaders. The Godolphin sprinter was outpaced over 2f out, but he kept on in the final 110yds. He nudged Japan out of third place towards finish.
BARNEY ROY S/P 7/1

Gold Cup - Royal Ascot Runners Day 3 Results

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STRADIVARIUS (WINNER) flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori / Trainer: J. Gosden
Stradivarius made history winning a hat-trick of Royal Ascot Gold Cups. He began in the midfield, worked his way through the pack at around 3f and 2f out. After then it was smooth sailing for the champion sprinter. He finished well clear inside the final furlong, winning convincingly.
STRADIVARIUS S/P 8/11
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NAYEF ROAD flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 4 / Jockey: Ryan Moore / Trainer: M. Johnston
Nayef Road had a great race, leading up until 2f from the finish line. Passed by the winners, Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius at around 1f out, he kept on, holding off the rest of the field until the end. All in all, a very good run from the young colt and jockey Ryan Moore.
NAYEF ROAD S/P 12/1
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CROSS COUNTER flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: James Doyle / Trainer: Charlie Appleby
In an attempt at redemption from a poor start at the Melbourne Cup last year, Cross Counter didn't start well. At the rear of the pack, he had a lot of work to chase the leaders. At the end stages, he went third inside final furlong.
CROSS COUNTER S/P 8/1

Commonwealth Cup Runners - Day 4 Results

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GOLDEN HORDE (WINNER) flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup /Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Adam Kirby / Trainer: Clive Cox
Trainer Clive Cox has high hopes for the Lethal Force colt, Golden Horde, who won the Richmond Stakes last term and was twice placed in a meeting with Group One competitors. He is ready to kick off his campaign in the Commonwealth Cup.
GOLDEN HORDE S/P 5/1
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KIMARI flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: Frankie Dettori/ Trainer: W. A. Ward
In 2019, Kimari, a two-year-old filly, ran a convincing second behind Raffle Prize in the Queen Mary Stakes. She is one of two older horses that Ward is set to send over from Kentucky.
KIMARI S/P 11/2

*Odds updated 19/6/2020. 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.

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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 2020

As we get closer to the event, the Ascot race card will be announced, so we will have a better idea of the lineup. Not only will we get more insight into which horses are running at Ascot Gold Cup, but we’ll also know the entries for the rest of the races.

For now, though, these are the runners we consider to be in the running for the title. Note that these are the horses that we currently see as favourites. Not all of them might end up running in time for the Gold Cup 2020.

Stradivarius

Age: 5 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: J. Gosden

2019 Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner, Stradivarius has become the first horse to win the race twice in a row in ten years. The Irish-bred Thoroughbred will be 6 in time for the race, which means he is well within his prime. The horse has already had a remarkable streak in the last couple of seasons.

We’ve seen him snag back-to-back victories at Goodwood Cup, Lonsdale Cup, Yorkshire Cup in addition to Gold Cup. Unfortunately, his dominating two-year win streak was recently broken at QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup by Kew Gardens.

Battaash

Age: 5 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: C. Hills

According to his trainer, Charlie Hills, Battaash is in the best shape of his life. The star sprinter has so far been unable to win at Ascot, but he has remained unbeaten in Goodwood for two consecutive years. Looking at his current form, he looks to be one of the fastest horses in the flat racing season.

His strong performances will put him at the front of participating Royal Ascot horses lineup. We’ll definitely follow his performance in the races leading up to the event.

Kew Gardens

Age: 4 / Jockey : TBA / Trainer: A. O’Brien

Kew Gardens, unfortunately, missed the last Gold Cup due to an injury. It all seemed grim at the time as Aidan O’Brien had doubts that the horse will ever be back. However, the unimaginable happened, and Kew Gardens got back into form in strides. He made a sensational victory, beating Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup.

Dee Ex Bee

Age: 4 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: M. Johnson

Dee Ex Bee came just short of winning the 2019 Gold Cup, coming second behind Stradivarius. Leading up to the race, Mark Johnson was confident that his 4-year-old could topple the champion. His confidence still remains strong in spite of the defeat. Being that Dee Ex Bee finished behind Stradivarius three times this season, Johnson and his horse will have extra motivation.

It will be interesting to see how the rivalry progresses moving forward. So far, though, it seems that their best chance at winning is catching Stradivarius out of his usual form.

Cross Counter

Age: 4 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charley Appleby

Cross Counter made history in 2018 becoming the first British horse to win the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, the horse fell short of expectations in 2019 Melbourne Cup, finishing 8th.

Nevertheless, he remains a strong contender for the next years Gold Cup. Charlie Appleby certainly still has hope. In any case, the stakes and the expectations will be high for this one, going into this season.

Technician

Age: 3 / Jockey: TBA/ Trainer: M. Meade

After success in the Prix Royal-Oak, Martyn Meade has high hopes of glory at the next Royal Ascot. The 3-year-old Technician has had an impressive list of achievements this year. He won a Listed, a Group Three, a Group Two and a Group One, all while competing against older horses.

Technician has had a string of 5 victories this season, and his form makes him well-suited for Ascot. Although this will be the horse’s Gold Cup debut, Meade is confident that the race will be “right up his street”.

One thing is for sure, the horse is definitely on the rise. So, there is a good chance we’ll see him do well.

Sir Ron Priestley

Age: 3 / Jockey: TBA/ Trainer: M. Johnson

The final horse we’ll mention in our review of Royal Ascot runners is Sir Ron Priestley. Another one of Mark Johnson’s hopefuls, Sir Ron Priestley hasn’t found success at the last Royal Ascot. His form, however, is fast improving. Johnson has already led the cold to four victories.

If the trend continues, we will have another strong contender on our hands. The bookies have already made notice and are currently putting Sir Ron Priestly in the top five picks for the Gold Cup.

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Royal Ascot 2019 Gold Cup Results

Every year, Royal Ascot is packed with excitement and anticipation. Being the centrepiece of the race all eyes are turned towards the Gold Cup. The race is by far one of the most prestigious races and the Royal Ascot runners who come out on top achieve legendary status. So, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

In 2019, the Gold Cup was held on Thursday, June 20. The race was as exciting as always seeing Frankie Dettori guide Stradivarius to a back to back win. In total, this was a seventh Gold Cup victory for Frankie Dettori. The race itself was a thriller, with Dee Ex Bee leading the majority of the race. Stradivarius took the first opening to take the lead, eventually taking the first successive victory ever since 2009, when Yeats made an impressive 4 win streak.

So far there is little doubt that Frankie Dettori has ensured a legendary status among Royal Ascot jockeys. We will wait with anticipation if he will manage to ride Stradivarius to the third consecutive victory in 2020.

Here is how the rest of the Royal Ascot runners fared in the 2019 Gold Cup race:

  1. Stradivarius (L. Dettori) (1/1F)
  2. Dee Ex Bee (S. De Sousa) (7/2)
  3. Master of Reality (W. M. Lordan) (66/1)
  4. Cross Counter (J. Doyle) (4/1)
  5. Flag of Honour (R. L. Moore) (11/1)
  6. Capri (D. O’Brien) (16/1)
  7. Raymond Tusk (J. P. Spencer) (40/1)
  8. Called To The Bar (Oisin Murphy) (20/1)
  9. Magic Circle (Jim Crowley) (25/1)
  10. Thomas Hobson (Andrea Atzeni) (25/1)
  11. Cypress Creek (J. A. Heffernan) (66/1)

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