Ascot Gold Cup - Johnston All Out For Stradivarius With Dee Ex Bee

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus

Mark Johnston is gunning for leading stayer Stradivarius this season having his stand out marathon runner Dee Ex Bee primed for the Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal Meeting.

Johnston has landed the feature race on the Thursday at Royal Ascot three times during his career as a trainer and he believes he has one of his strongest chances for a many years, calling Dee Ex Bee a "dream stayer".

It has been 17 years and counting since the trainer landed the Ascot Gold Cup with Royal Rebel back in 2002 but his four year old this season looks to have all the attributes of going close in the big race.

Dee Ex Bee last year finished second in the Epsom Derby to the surprise of many but since then, whenever he has been upped to marathon trips has looked a class above and at the moment looks to be one of the leading contenders to knock John Gosden's Stradivarius off his perch.

Johnston thinks his colt is tailor-made for the job and he will follow a route he has used with other horses he has placed in the run up to the big race on June 20 in Thursday's Group 3 Matchbook-backed Henry II Stakes at Sandown.

(Credit Racing Post) The trainer said: "If I go back to one of the years Royal Rebel won the Gold Cup, I had five in the Henry II Stakes that year and won it with Akbar.

"Back in those days I was a huge believer in giving these Gold Cup horses a couple of runs and we do think if Dee Ex Bee wasn't running in the Henry II Stakes he would need to be doing some fairly serious work to ensure he was 100 per cent for the Gold Cup. Our inclination at the moment is to run."

The Godolphin bred colt is currently a best price of 12/1 to land the Royal Ascot feature which for us seems slightly overpriced bringing some smart form in the race with a good fourth in last year's St Leger and the aforementioned runner up in the Derby.

Dee Ex Bee on his only run to date this season stepped up to two miles for the first time in his career and revelled in the experience going on to win the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

The staying division is very arguably there for the taking, even though they do have to overcome the superstar Stradivarius, you can argue he has not beat anything special and this year's Ascot Gold Cup will be his hardest test to date.

What a race this seasons Gold Cup at the Royal meeting is set to be.

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
💚 Bet £10 on racing, get £40 racing bonus 💚
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Once your £10 qualifying bet is settled £40 Racing bonus will be triggered. Wagering requirements: Racing 1x, odds of 2.00 minimum (1/1) for each bet placed. £10 Casino Bonus, 35x. Only one bonus can be used at a time. Racing bonus must be wagered before using the Casino bonus, unless the Racing bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
New members only. £10 min deposit and bet, placed and settled at 1.50 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Awarded as 2x non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens. Valid for 14 days. Sportsbook only. Click for full rules.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET!
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £40 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet ¤5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C's Apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.