Royal Ascot Runners
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. Taking into account how monumental the event is, there will be many well-known names vying for the top spot.
In this article, we’ll discuss our favourites and see why we believe they are the current Royal Ascot favourites. 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.
Which Horses Are Running at Royal Ascot 2020?
Royal Ascot has been the centrepiece of the UK racing calendar for well over a century. 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.
In the following segment, we’ll go through some of the top Royal Ascot runners 2020. We’ll see what makes them contenders and take a look at their performance so far.
Royal Ascot 2020 – Royal Ascot Runners
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.
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.
Regardless, his trainer, John Gosden, still has his eyes firmly fixed on the Ascot Gold Cup. We’ll see if the current top favourite among Royal Ascot Runners can come close to Yeats’ 4 back-to-back win streak.
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.
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.
O’Brien is confident that the Kew Garden will be the top favourite in time for the next Gold Cup. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to keep his momentum until then. Hopefully, he will stay injury-free this time.
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.
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. But the horse is poised to face tough competition from other Royal Ascot runners. We certainly hope he gets a shot at redemption after 2019 poor performance at the Melbourne Cup.
In any case, the stakes and the expectations will be high for this one, going into the next season.
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:
- Stradivarius (L. Dettori) (1/1F)
- Dee Ex Bee (S. De Sousa) (7/2)
- Master of Reality (W. M. Lordan) (66/1)
- Cross Counter (J. Doyle) (4/1)
- Flag of Honour (R. L. Moore) (11/1)
- Capri (D. O’Brien) (16/1)
- Raymond Tusk (J. P. Spencer) (40/1)
- Called To The Bar (Oisin Murphy) (20/1)
- Magic Circle (Jim Crowley) (25/1)
- Thomas Hobson (Andrea Atzeni) (25/1)
- Cypress Creek (J. A. Heffernan) (66/1)
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