Ascot Gold Cup

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The Ascot Gold Cup is arguably the most prestigious long-distance flat race in the world.

The race was first run in 1807, making it the longest surviving race at Royal Ascot.

Despite the trend towards speed over stamina in the breeding industry, the Gold Cup has endured as one of the highlights of the British flat racing season.

Yeats famously won the race for four consecutive seasons while other multiple winners include Sagaro, Ardross and Stradivarius.

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Ascot Gold Cup

Ascot Gold Cup – Race Overview

The Ascot Gold Cup is still widely regarded as the highlight of Royal Ascot and is the feature race on day 3, known as Ladies’ Day.

The Gold Cup is a Group 1 event.  It is held every year in June at Ascot Racecourse with a distance of 2 miles 3 furlongs and 210 yards.

It is the first leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown which is made up by the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup.

The popularity of the race owes much to the fact that the same horses return year after year. Very few flat racers truly stay this marathon trip and top-class stayers like Yeats and Stradivarius can dominate the division for several seasons.

Famous Ascot Gold Cup Winners & History

The inaugural running of the Ascot Gold Cup in 1807 was won by the three-year-old Master Jackey. The enormous prestige of the Gold Cup once attracted Epsom Derby winners with Ocean Swell winning both races in 1945.

The last three-year-old to win was Gainsborough in 1918 but this age group is no longer eligible.

The first horse to win three Gold Cups was Sagaro (1975 – 1977), trained in France by Francois Boutin and ridden by Lester Piggott. The horse is remembered by the Sagaro Stakes, an early-season Gold Cup trial at Ascot.

The late seventies and early eighties were the golden age for the Ascot Gold Cup.

Le Moss won back-to-back Gold Cups in 1979 and 1980 for Henry Cecil, defeating the Irish-trained Ardross in three epic encounters for the stayers’ Triple Crown. Le Moss was retired to stud and Ardross was purchased by Charles St George and moved to Henry Cecil’s stable. He won the Gold Cup in 1981 and 1982 and was beaten only a head in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on his final start.

Yeats eclipsed the record of Sagaro by winning four successive Ascot Gold Cups between 2006 and 2009. He had been favourite for the Epsom Derby in 2004 but was forced to miss the race through injury.

A statue of Yeats stands proudly in the parade ring at Ascot racecourse to honour this great champion.

Her Majesty The Queen fulfilled a lifelong dream when Estimate won the Gold Cup in 2013. Her Majesty became the first reigning monarch to win the race when Ryan Moore drove Estimate home in front of a jubilant crowd.

The staying star of recent seasons has been John Gosden’s Stradivarius, completing a hat-trick of victories between 2018 and 2020.

Ascot Gold Cup Previous Winners

Take a look at the previous winners of the Ascot Gold Cup:

1807Master Jackey3
1817Sir Richard4
1820Champignon4T A Fraser
1821Banker5W ButlerDuke of York
1822Sir Huldibrand4J Ramsbottom
1823Marcellus4Will WheatleyWilliam ChifneyEarl of Darlington
1824Bizarre4Bill ArnullDixon BoyceLord George Cavendish
1825Bizarre5Bill ArnullDixon BoyceLord George Cavendish
1826Chateau Margaux4George DockerayR StephensonC Wyndham
1827Memnon5Sam Chifney Jr.William ChifneyEarl of Darlington
1828Bobadilla3Thomas LyeRobert PettitA Molony
1829Zinganee4Sam Chifney Jr.William Chifney6th Earl of Chesterfield
1830Lucetta4Jem RobinsonH ScottSir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1831Cetus4Jem RobinsonH ScottSir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1832Camarine4Jem RobinsonH ScottSir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1833Galata4Bill ArnullCharles Marson2nd Marquess of Exeter
1834Glaucus4William ScottJohn Scott6th Earl of Chesterfield
1835Glencoe4Jem RobinsonJames Edwards5th Earl of Jersey
1836Touchstone5John Barham DayJohn Scott1st Marquess of Westminster
1837Touchstone6William ScottJohn Scott1st Marquess of Westminster
1838Grey Momus3William DayJohn Barham DayLord George Bentinck
1839Caravan5Jem RobinsonIsaac DayIsaac Day
1840St Francis5Sam Chifney Jr.Robert PettitRobert Pettit
1841Lanercost6William NobleWilliam I'AnsonW Ramsay
1842Beeswing9D CartwrightWilliam Orde
1843Ralph5Jem RobinsonW Edwards4th Earl of Albemarle
1844The Emperor3George WhitehouseW Edwards4th Earl of Albemarle
1845The Emperor4George WhitehouseW Edwards4th Earl of Albemarle
1846Alarm4Nat FlatmanMontgomery DillyCharles Greville
1847The Hero4Alfred DayJohn Barham DayJohn Barham Day
1848The Hero5Alfred DayJohn Barham DayJohn Barham Day
1849Van Tromp5Charles MarlowJohn Fobert13th Earl of Eglinton
1850The Flying Dutchman4Charles MarlowJohn Fobert13th Earl of Eglinton
1851Woolwich5Job MarsonJohn ScottA Campbell
1852Joe Miller3George MannWilliam DayMr Farrance
1853Teddington5Job MarsonAlec Taylor Sr.John Massey Stanley
1854West Australian4Alfred DayJohn Scott1st Baron Londesborough
1855Fandango3Tommy AshmallGeorge Abdale2nd Earl of Zetland
1856Winkfield5James BartholomewS DeathS Walker
1857Skirmisher3John CharltonGeorge Abdale2nd Earl of Zetland
1858Fisherman5John WellsT ParrJ B Starkey
1859Fisherman6William CresswellT ParrF Higgins
1860Rupee3Harry GrimshawJos Dawson7th Earl of Stamford
1861Thormanby4Harry CustanceMathew DawsonJames Merry
1862Asteroid4John WellsG ManningSir Joseph Hawley
1863Buckstone4Arthur EdwardsMathew DawsonJames Merry
1864Scottish Chief3Harvey CoveyMathew DawsonJames Merry
1865Ely4Harry CustanceTom OlliverW S Cartwright
1866Gladiateur4Harry GrimshawTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange
1867Lecturer4George FordhamJohn Day4th Marquess of Hastings
1868Blue Gown3Tom CannonJohn PorterSir Joseph Hawley
1869Brigantine3F ButlerWilliam DaySir Frederick Johnstone
1870Sabinus3Robert RowellJ G Hessey
1871Mortemer6George FordhamTom JenningsC. J. Lefevre
1872Henry4George FordhamTom JenningsC. J. Lefevre
1873Cremorne4Charles MaidmentWilliam GilbertHenry Savile
1874Boiard4William CarverHenri Delamarre
1875Doncaster5George FordhamRobert PeckJames Merry
1876Apology5John Osborne Jr.John OsborneMr Seabrook
1877Petrarch4Tom CannonJoseph Cannon4th Earl of Lonsdale
1878Verneuil4Jem GoaterTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange
1879Isonomy4Tom CannonJohn PorterFrederick Gretton
1880Isonomy5Tom CannonJohn PorterFrederick Gretton
1881Robert the Devil4Tom CannonCharles BlantonCharles Brewer
1882Foxhall4Tom CannonWilliam DayJames R. Keene
1883Tristan5George FordhamTom JenningsC. J. Lefevre
1884St. Simon3Charles WoodMathew Dawson6th Duke of Portland
1885St. Gatien4Charles WoodJames WaughJack Hammond
1886Althorp4Tom CannonJohn PorterMaurice de Hirsch
1887Bird of Freedom5Billy WarneJ RyanD Baird
1888Timothy4Jack RobinsonJames JewittHarry McCalmont
1889Trayles4Jack RobinsonJames JewittW de la Rue
1890Gold4Frederic WebbTom JenningsPrince Soltykoff
1891Morion4John WattsRichard MarshLord Hartington
1892Buccaneer4George BarrettS PickeringLord Rosslyn
1893Marcion3Seth ChandleyW MatthewsR C Vyner
1894La Fleche5John WattsRichard MarshMaurice de Hirsch
1895Isinglass5Tommy LoatesJames JewittHarry McCalmont
1896Love Wisely3Sam LoatesAlec Taylor Jr.William Bass
1897Persimmon4John WattsRichard MarshPrince of Wales
1898Elf5E WatkinsRichard CountJacques de Brémond
1899Cyllene4Sam LoatesWilliam JarvisSir Charles Rose
1900Merman8Tod SloanJack RobinsonMr. Jersey
1901Santoi4Fred RickabyWallace DavisGeorge Edwardes
1902William the Third4Morny CannonJohn Porter6th Duke of Portland
1903Maximum4Archie McIntyreRichard CountJacques de Brémond
1904Throwaway5Willie LaneHerbert BraimeFred Alexander
1905Zinfandel5Morny CannonCharles Beatty8th Baron Howard de Walden
1906Bachelor's Button7Danny MaherCharles PeckSolomon Joel
1907The White Knight4William HalseyHarry SadlerTom Kirkwood
1908The White Knight5William HalseyHarry SadlerTom Kirkwood
1909Bomba3Freddie FoxFred PrattJimmy de Rothschild
1910Bayardo4Danny MaherAlec Taylor Jr.Alfred W. Cox
1911Willonyx4William HiggsSam DarlingCharles Howard
1912Prince Palatine4Frank O'NeillHenry BeardsleyThomas Pilkington
1913Prince Palatine5William SaxbyHenry BeardsleyThomas Pilkington
1914Aleppo5Freddie FoxAlec Taylor Jr.Alfred W. Cox
1915Apothecary3Edward LancasterFred Pratt
1917Gay Crusader[a]3Steve DonoghueAlec Taylor Jr.Alfred W. Cox
1918Gainsborough[a]3Joe ChildsAlec Taylor Jr.Lady James Douglas
1919By Jingo!5George HulmeJames RhodesW T de Pledge
1920Tangiers4George HulmeRichard DawsonSir William Nelson
1921Periosteum4Frank BullockBasil JarvisBen Irish
1922Golden Myth4Charlie ElliottJack JarvisSir George Bullough
1923Happy Man7Victor SmythThomas HoggF Hardy
1924Massine4Fred SharpeElijah CunningtonHenri Ternynck
1925Santorb4Steve DonoghueJames RhodesA Barclay-Walker
1926Solario4Joe ChildsReg DaySir John Rutherford
1927Foxlaw5Brownie CarslakeReg DaySir Abe Bailey
1928Invershin6Brownie CarslakeGeorge DigbyJohn Reid Walker
1929Invershin7Richard PerrymanGeorge DigbyJohn Reid Walker
1930Bosworth4Tommy WestonFrank Butters17th Earl of Derby
1931Trimdon5Joe ChildsJoseph LawsonCharles Lambton
1932Trimdon6Joe ChildsJoseph LawsonCharles Lambton
1933Foxhunter4Harry WraggJack JarvisEdward Esmond
1934Felicitation4Gordon RichardsFrank ButtersAga Khan III
1935Tiberius4Tommy WestonJoseph LawsonSir Abe Bailey
1936Quashed4Richard PerrymanColledge LeaderLord Stanley
1937Precipitation4Patrick BeasleyCecil Boyd-RochfortLady Zia Wernher
1938Flares5Bobby JonesCecil Boyd-RochfortWilliam Woodward Sr.
1939Flyon4Eph SmithJack Jarvis1st Baron Milford
1940no race 1940
1941Finis[a]6Harry WraggOssie BellSir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen
1942Owen Tudor[a]4Gordon RichardsFred DarlingCatherine Macdonald-Buchanan
1943Ujiji[a]4Gordon RichardsJoseph LawsonAlfred Allnatt
1944Umiddad[a]4Gordon RichardsFrank ButtersAga Khan III
1945Ocean Swell4Eph SmithJack Jarvis6th Earl of Rosebery
1946Caracalla4Charlie ElliottCharles SemblatMarcel Boussac
1947Souverain4Marcel LollierouHenri DelavaudF. R. Schmitt
1948Arbar4Charlie ElliottCharles SemblatMarcel Boussac
1949Alycidon4Doug SmithWalter Earl18th Earl of Derby
1950Supertello4Doug SmithJohn WaughWilfred Harvey4:25.00
1951Pan4Roger PoinceletEtienne PolletEugène Constant4:22.40
1952Aquino4Gordon RichardsSam ArmstrongMaharanee of Baroda4:29.60
1953Souepi5Charlie ElliottGeorge DigbyGeorge Digby4:35.20
1954Elpenor4Jacques DoyasbèreCharlie ElliottMarcel Boussac4:32.80
1955Botticelli4Enrico CamiciEnrico della RocchettaMario della Rocchetta4:29.02
1956Macip4Serge BoullengerCharlie ElliottMarcel Boussac4:48.80
1957Zarathustra6Lester PiggottCecil Boyd-RochfortTerence Gray4:23.93
1958Gladness5Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienJohn McShain4:30.18
1959Wallaby4Freddie PalmerPercy CarterGeoffroy de Waldner4:34.02
1960Sheshoon4George MooreAlec HeadPrince Aly Khan4:28.42
1961Pandofell4Lester PiggottFreddie MaxwellH. Warwick Daw4:30.32
1962Balto4Freddie PalmerMax BonaventureAndré Rueff4:48.04
1963Twilight Alley4Lester PiggottNoel MurlessLady Sassoon4:52.95
1964no race 1964, course waterlogged [b]
1965Fighting Charlie4Lester PiggottFreddie MaxwellLady Mairi Bury4:34.47
1966Fighting Charlie5Greville StarkeyFreddie MaxwellLady Mairi Bury4:34.56
1967Parbury4Joe MercerDerek CandyHerbert Holt4:36.05
1968Pardallo5Bill PyersMick BartholomewSuzy Volterra4:35.84
1969Levmoss4Bill WilliamsonSeamus McGrathSeamus McGrath4:25.60
1970Precipice Wood4Jimmy LindleyRosemary LomaxBobby McAlpine4:27.35
1971Random Shot [c]4Geoff LewisArthur BudgettMrs G. Benskin4:41.39
1972Erimo Hawk [c]4Pat EdderyGeoffrey BarlingY. Yamamoto4:28.69
1973Lassalle4Jimmy LindleyRichard Carver Jr.Zenya Yoshida4:33.46
1974Ragstone4Ron HutchinsonJohn Dunlop16th Duke of Norfolk4:35.01
1975Sagaro4Lester PiggottFrançois BoutinGerry Oldham4:48.60
1976Sagaro5Lester PiggottFrançois BoutinGerry Oldham4:26.15
1977Sagaro6Lester PiggottFrançois BoutinGerry Oldham4:28.25
1978Shangamuzo5Greville StarkeyMichael StouteMrs E. Charles4:27.30
1979Le Moss4Lester PiggottHenry CecilCarlo d'Alessio4:25.22
1980Le Moss5Joe MercerHenry CecilCarlo d'Alessio4:28.40
1981Ardross5Lester PiggottHenry CecilCharles St George4:51.23
1982Ardross6Lester PiggottHenry CecilCharles St George4:35.24
1983Little Wolf5Willie CarsonDick HernLord Porchester4:24.36
1984Gildoran4Steve CauthenBarry HillsRobert Sangster4:18.81
1985Gildoran5Brent ThomsonBarry HillsRobert Sangster4:25.19
1986Longboat5Willie CarsonDick HernDick Hollingsworth4:22.11
1987Paean4Steve CauthenHenry CecilLord Howard de Walden4:33.26
1988Sadeem [d]5Greville StarkeyGuy HarwoodSheikh Mohammed4:15.67
1989Sadeem6Willie CarsonGuy HarwoodSheikh Mohammed4:22.68
1990Ashal4Richard HillsHarry Thomson JonesHamdan Al Maktoum4:28.58
1991Indian Queen6Walter SwinburnLord HuntingdonSir Gordon Brunton4:23.90
1992Drum Taps6Frankie DettoriLord HuntingdonYoshio Asakawa4:18.29
1993Drum Taps7Frankie DettoriLord HuntingdonYoshio Asakawa4:32.57
1994Arcadian Heights6Michael HillsGeoff WraggJohn Pearce4:27.67
1995Double Trigger4Jason WeaverMark JohnstonRon Huggins4:20.25
1996Classic Cliche4Michael KinaneSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin4:23.20
1997Celeric5Pat EdderyDavid MorleyChristopher Spence4:26.19
1998Kayf Tara4Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin4:32.36
1999Enzeli4Johnny MurtaghJohn OxxHH Aga Khan IV4:18.85
2000Kayf Tara6Michael KinaneSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin4:24.53
2001Royal Rebel5Johnny MurtaghMark JohnstonPeter Savill4:18.92
2002Royal Rebel6Johnny MurtaghMark JohnstonPeter Savill4:25.64
2003Mr Dinos4Kieren FallonPaul ColeConstantine Shiacolas4:20.15
2004Papineau4Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin4:20.90
2005Westerner [e]6Olivier PeslierÉlie LelloucheEcurie Wildenstein4:19.49
2006Yeats5Kieren FallonAidan O'BrienMagnier / Nagle4:20.45
2007Yeats6Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienMagnier / Nagle4:20.78
2008Yeats7Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMagnier / Nagle4:21.14
2009Yeats8Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMagnier / Nagle4:20.73
2010Rite Of Passage6Pat SmullenDermot WeldDr Ronan Lambe4:16.92
2011Fame and Glory5Jamie SpencerAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier et al4:37.51
2012Colour Vision4Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin4:42.05
2013Estimate4Ryan MooreSir Michael StouteHM Queen Elizabeth II4:20.51
2014Leading Light4Joseph O'BrienAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor4:21.09
2015Trip To Paris4Graham LeeEd DunlopLa Grange Partnership4:22.61
2016Order of St George4Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor4:26.21
2017Big Orange6James DoyleMichael BellBill Gredley4:22.40
2018Stradivarius4Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenBjorn Nielsen4:21.08
2019Stradivarius5Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenBjorn Nielsen4:30.88
2020Stradivarius6Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenBjorn Nielsen4:32.60
2021Subjectivist4Joe FanningMark JohnstonDr Jim Walker4:20.28
2022Kyprios4Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienMoyglare Stud / Smith / Magnier / Tabor4:26.52
2023Courage Mon Ami4Frankie DettoriJohn and Thady GosdenWathnan Racing4:20.97

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Ascot Gold Cup 2023 Odds

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Ascot Gold Cup Tips

Here are the tips for the Ascot Gold Cup 2023:

  • 2 points to win on TBC
  • 1 point each way on TBC

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Key Ascot Gold Cup Trials

The key trials for the Ascot Gold Cup are the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and the Henry II Stakes at Sandown Park.

Double Trigger (1995), Colour Vision (2012) and Estimate (2013) all won the Sagaro Stakes before winning the Gold Cup.

Mr Dinos (2003), Papineau (2004) and Big Orange (2017) are among those to win the Henry II Stakes before taking the top stayers’ prize.

Yeats used The Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan as a stepping-stone to his Ascot victories in 2007 and 2008.

O’Brien used the same path for Fame And Glory (2011) and Leading Light (2014).

It is possible for top stayers to emerge from handicaps, Trip To Paris doing exactly that in 2015. He won the Chester Cup off an official rating of 95 before finishing second in the Henry II Stakes and winning at Ascot.

Favourites have a fine record in the Ascot Gold Cup, winning eight of the last twelve renewals.

Stradivarius started favourite for each of his three victories while the O’Brien trio of Yeats, Fame And Glory and Leading Light were also market leaders.

Shock results are rare in this event where a proven stayer tends to dominate the betting.

Rite Of Passage (2010) did spring a surprise when returned at 20-1 for Dermot Weld and the late Pat Smullen.

Trip To Paris (2015) started at 12-1 but all other recent winners have been prominent in the Gold Cup betting.

Ascot Gold Cup Stats

  • Horses aged four to six have dominated this event.
  • Only defending champions Drum Taps (1993) and Yeats (2008 and 2009) have managed to win beyond the age of six in modern times.
  • Almost all recent winners had raced within the previous 2 months prior to Royal Ascot.
  • A high percentage of those had already won at least once at Group 1 to 3 level and were rated 117 or above.
  • There are very few flat races over this extreme distance and most of the field will be going into unknown territory in the home straight. It is a big risk to support horses that do not have proven form over two miles or further.
  • Fillies and mares rarely take part in the Ascot Gold Cup but Estimate proved that the fairer sex can take the ultimate staying prize.

Top Trainers and Jockeys of  the Ascot Gold Cup

Lester Piggott is by far the most successful jockey in the history of the Gold Cup with eleven victories. As well as his hat-trick aboard Sagaro, his other victories include Gladness (1958), Le Moss (1979) and Ardross (1981, 1982).

Frankie Dettori has eight Gold Cup victories to his credit, including three aboard Stradivarius.

Aidan O’Brien is the leading trainer in Ascot Gold Cup history with seven winners. Four of his victories were provided by Yeats with his most recent success coming with Order Of St George in 2016.

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Ante-post betting on the Ascot Gold Cup is available throughout the season.

It remains one of the busiest betting markets of Royal Ascot with punters enjoying the better of things in recent years. Bookmakers often offer enhanced prices on the favourite to a limited stake for new customers including 50-1 with Paddy Power in 2020 to a £1 stake!

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Popular Questions

What day is Ascot Gold Cup?

The Ascot Gold Cup will take on the 22nd of June 2023.

What distance is the Ascot Gold Cup?

The Ascot Gold Cup is 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 210 yards long.

What time is the Ascot Gold Cup?

The Ascot Gold Cup will start at 16:20.

Summary of the Ascot Gold Cup

The Gold Cup is one of the highlights of Royal Ascot week and the prospect of true champions defending their crown makes it popular with the punters.

The racing public have a special affection for top stayers like Double Trigger, Persian Punch, Yeats and more recently Stradivarius.

With a long and rich history, it remains one of the great races of the flat racing season.

The Britannia Stakes takes place on the same day as the following races:

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