Group One Gold Cup Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
3(2)
Frankie Dettori

Stradivarius

J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-4
OR: 118
Days: 34

The former king of the staying ranks is trying to recapture his crown. A three time winner of this race, Stradivarius was sent off favourite last season to record a 4 timer here but couldn’t get near the front running Subjectivist and had to settle for a disappointing 4th.

He bounced back to form to score at York and Doncaster after but failed to score at group 1 level again when being well beaten by Trueshan in the Prix Du Cadran and the British Champions stayers’ race.

He’s returned this season looking his old self despite being 8 years old. Dropping back in trip for the Yorkshire Cup he showed his brilliant turn of foot to win nicely.

He’s got to prove he can still do it at his old age at the top level.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/05/22YOR14Gd9-61
16/10/21ASC16GS9-73
02/10/21LON20VSft9-22
10/09/21DON18GF9-81
20/08/21YOR16.5GF9-31
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
2(10)
Liam Keniry

Earlofthecotswolds

J: Liam Keniry
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-4
OR: 102
Days: 62

Another jumps representative, Earlofthecotswolds has some decent form over hurdles and fences for Nigel Twiston-Davies but has found a new lease of life now being unleashed in staying races on the flat.

Running in a maiden over 12 furlongs, he easily won at Kempton in a low level event. Making all of the running relatively unchallenged.

Moved up in trip and class after that saw him win a brace of class 2 conditions races on the all weather. Scoring easily to beat Coltrane at Kempton before a narrow victory over Marshall Plan up at Newcastle.

He looks to have the stamina necessary but might lack tactical speed at a crucial time to keep himself involved.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/06/22ASC20GF9-49
15/04/22NCS16.5St9-51
12/03/22KEM16St/Slw9-51
23/02/22KEM12St/Slw10-01
05/02/22KEM16St/Slw9-53
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
4(9)
Hollie Doyle

Trueshan

J: Hollie Doyle
T: Alan King
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-4
OR: 120
Days: 71

Alan King’s 6 year old rose to prominence as a stayer with a dazzling performance in the 2020 renewal of the British Champions stayers’ race.

He proved that was no fluke when going to Glorious Goodwood the following summer to win the Goodwood Gold Cup in fine fashion too.

Unbeaten since then, Trueshan captured the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp well before defending his British Champion Stayers’ crown only two weeks later.

Easily winning a pipe opener in listed company on comeback he’s primed for another big run. However he’s at his best on softer ground and won’t get conditions to suit here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
06/04/22NOT14GS9-81
16/10/21ASC16GS9-71
02/10/21LON20VSft9-21
27/07/21GOO16Sft9-91
26/06/21NCS16.5St9-136
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
1(1)
Saffie Osborne

Alignak

J: Saffie Osborne
T: Jamie Osborne
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-4
OR: 109
Days: 82

Originally trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Alignak showed some smart form. Winning a novice at the fourth attempt, he stepped up from that the following season to win a listed race and run well in group company.

His form seriously tailed off after that however and she found herself moved into the care of Jamie Osborne. He fared better in new surroundings going up in trip.

Running well on the all weather at Newcastle over 2 miles and a spell in Meydan over the spring saw some decent efforts over a variety of trips.

Placing in listed level and in a handicap, he also wasn’t disgraced in a grade 2 over 2 miles.
He’s got to step up majorly here to have a say though.

He has stamina to prove and is likely to be outclassed.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/03/22MEY16Gd9-14
05/03/22MEY12Gd9-06
11/02/22MEY12Gd9-32
28/01/22MEY14Gd9-02
14/01/22MEY12Gd9-15
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
9(8)
William Buick

Burning Victory

J: William Buick
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-1
OR: 106
Days: 250

Representing Willie Mullins and the jumps is Burning Victory. Picked up as a decent flat horse from France, she took to hurdles well as a juvenile hurdler and scored the 2020 Triumph at the expense of Goshen.

Returning to the flat for a few runs last season between hurdle races, she culminated the season with a brilliant effort in the Cesarewitch. Just being beaten late on by the turn of foot shown by Buzz.

She didn’t have the best spell over hurdles last season but did score a group 3. She showed plenty of stamina in flat races to be placed in the Cesarewitch and will likely love the trip here.

Quick ground might not be her ideal and she has to prove her quality.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/06/22ASC20GF9-14
30/04/22PUN19Gd11-54
15/03/22CHL20GS11-59
23/02/22PUN20.5Sft/Hy10-131
28/12/21LEO24Sft11-53
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
10(4)
J M Sheridan

Princess Zoe

J: J M Sheridan
T: Anthony Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 9-1
OR: 113
Days: 50

After looking like a real promising sort who rose through the handicap ranks smartly before scoring the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp in 2020.

Her form took a bit of a dip at the start of the next season, being beaten in listed races. She bounced back to form with a fine 2nd in the Gold Cup last year behind Subjectivist.

Again her form dipped off the back of that and she failed to win in a few outings. Beaten in a Irish St Leger trial, the Prix Du Cadran and in a handicap over in Meydan.

However she got herself back in the winner’s enclosure after a long absence to score here at Ascot in the Sagaro Stakes over 2 miles. The form has been working out well since. She could put in another stellar outing.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/04/22ASC16GF8-131
26/02/22JAN15GF9-810
02/10/21LON20VSft8-135
13/08/21CUR14Y9-82
17/06/21ASC20GF8-132
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
6(7)
Rossa Ryan

Mojo Star

J: Rossa Ryan
T: Richard Hannon
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 116
Days: 256

Only seen once as a 2 year old, Mojo Star was beaten by a nose and was put away for the winter afterwards.

Despite being beaten in a maiden over 10 furlongs on his first outing of last season, he was pitched into the Derby and ran a screamer at a big price to be 2nd.

Unable to replicate the form in the Irish Derby, he finally broke his maiden off the back of that at a very short price.

Bumping into Hurricane Lane again in the St Leger, he got closer to the rival this time but again couldn’t live with him. Last seen contesting the Arc in Paris, he was outclassed but finished 10th.

Steps up majorly in trip, he has stamina to prove.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/10/21LON12Hy8-1310
11/09/21DON14.5GS9-12
14/08/21NBY12Gd9-51
26/06/21CUR12Gd9-25
05/06/21EPS12GS9-02
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
5(5)
Ryan Moore

Kyprios

J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 117
Days: 34

An emerging talent in the staying ranks, Kyprios debuted over a mile as a 2 year old on deep ground and showed strong stamina to get up late.

Beaten in the Zetland Stakes on his last outing as a 2 year old he was then put away for the winter. Returning over 10 furlongs again at 3, he handily won a low level event before trying listed level in a Derby Trial. Those were his only runs of the season as he was then off for another year.

Returning over a much longer trip and in listed company he easily dispatched the very smart Search For A Song. Beating a former Irish St Leger winner teed him up nicely for a lethal display in group 3 company.

Bolting up by 14 lengths easily.
He’s got another step up here and has a fair distance of unexplored territory.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/06/22ASC20GF9-31
13/05/22LEO14Gd9-51
23/04/22NAV14Gd9-51
08/05/21LIN11.5Sft9-04
23/04/21COR10Gd9-61
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
8(3)
Gerald Mosse

Bubble Smart

J: Gerald Mosse
T: M Delzangles
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-1
OR: 108
Days: 21

A raider coming over from France, Bubble Smart has slowly stepped up in trip and has really found her feet over staying distances.

Handling rises from the handicapper saw her record a Patrick of victories on a variety of grounds. Moved into group company off the back of that, she scored a group 3 handily at Longchamp.

Rounding out the season with an admirable 3rd in the Prix Du Cadran behind Trueshan.

She’s not returned this season in the same form however and has been better in group 2 and group 3 company.
The trip will suit and she’s shown talent to be placed in a Cadran.

She needs to recapture that form to have a say.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/05/22LON15.5Sft8-106
01/05/22LON15.5GS8-102
02/10/21LON20VSft8-133
05/09/21LON15.5GS8-111
20/07/21VIC15Sft9-01
Ascot - June 15 2022
Ascot 15:20
7(6)
Ben Robinson

Tashkhan

J: Ben Robinson
T: Brian Ellison
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 115
Days: 34

Mainly seen in handicaps during his career, Tashkan rose the ranks with a few low level wins and handled the handicappers' raises and moving up in trip.

Finishing the season with some decent runs in group races. Coming 5th in the Prix Chaudenay behind Monobo and then coming a very good 2nd to Trueshan in the British Champion Stayers’ race.

The gelding has been beating in both outings this season. Being fended off by Princess Zoe here at Ascot in the Sagaro Stakes and then by Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup.

He looks unlikely to be reversing either of those two pieces of form.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/05/22YOR14Gd9-33
27/04/22ASC16GF9-05
16/10/21ASC16GS8-132
02/10/21LON15VSft9-25
21/08/21YOR14Gd9-15

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