Can Kyprios Win the Ascot Gold Cup again? 

Author: Published: June 17, 2024

This week sees Royal Ascot take place from June 18-22. Amid all the royalty and fashion, there’s actually some top-class horse racing. That includes the Ascot Gold Cup on June 20 with Kyprios attempting to win the race for the second time in three years. Who should you be betting on?

Another O’Brien triumph?

Kyprios is trained by Aidan O’Brien who recently won the Epsom Derby with City of Troy. Two years ago Kyprios won the Ascot Gold Cup and that gave O’Brien his eighth Ascot Gold Cup win. Yeats won this race for him four times and now Kyprios bids to win his second. He’s 4/5 at bet365 to win this race.

He won six races in 2022, including the Irish St Leger. Last year wasn’t a good one for Kyprios as injury meant he was unable to try and win another Ascot Gold Cup. When finally returning to fitness, he came second in two races but over a much shorter distance than this race is run over.

A familiar route to Royal Ascot has been followed this year by Kyprios. As in 2022, he’s had wins in the Vintage Crop Stakes and the Group 3 Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes. Both races were run in Ireland and he looks to be back to his best. 

O’Brien has been highly impressed, saying: “It’s amazing the way he has come back this year.” Kyprios has an excellent chance of again winning the Ascot Gold Cup.

In his absence, it was Courage Mon Ami that won the 2023 Ascot Gold Cup. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, this runner hasn’t been seen on a track since last August and recently had a setback at home. He’s not in the betting for this race, so who can stop Kyprios on June 20?

It could be another runner from the Gosden yard. Gregory is 5/1 second favourite at William Hill. Last year saw the three-year-old land an impressive hat-trick. That included a Class 1 success and then the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at last year’s Royal Ascot.

The run of success ended with two defeats to the Aidan O’Brien trained Continuous. This year has seen Gregory come third in the Yorkshire Cup at York. Now he’s tried over two miles and three furlongs for the first time. This is four-and-a-half furlongs further than he’s ever raced but there are good each-way chances here.

Trawlerman is an interesting runner and also hails from the Gosden yard. The six-year-old is priced up at 10/1 if your bet is placed with WIlliam Hill. Trawlerman won three races last year and beat Kyprios by a neck in the third of those victories. 

His only run of this year was a controversial one. Trawlerman came third in the Dubai Gold Cup and his jockey Keiran Shoemark found himself in the stewards room. They reminded him to ride his horses out in the final stages of the race. Hopefully there’ll be no repetition this week.

Mullins bids for Royal Ascot success

Willie Mullins is best known for his amazing success over the jumps. Could he also win the Ascot Gold Cup with Vauban? In 2022 this runner won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Last year saw Vauban finish fourth in the Champion Hurdle so like his trainer, he’s handy over both the jumps and the flat.

This year has seen him finish second in the Yorkshire Cup and will come on for that run. You can get 7/1 on Vauban winning the Ascot Gold Cup and looks a good each-way bet.

One horse we know can be effective over this distance is Coltrane. Can he be a cracker on June 20? The seven-year-old is trained by Andrew Balding and was second in this race last year. It may well have been first but for hanging right. 

Since that race, Coltrane has reversed form with Courage Mon Ami when winning at York. This year Coltrane has won at Ascot last month and is 12/1 at bet365.

This looks a fascinating race but it does look as if Kyprios can win his second Ascot Gold Cup in three years.

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