Gold Cup Betting Preview And Tips

Order Of St George will be a prominent figure in the Gold Cup Odds despite failing to retain his Royal Ascot staying crown 12 months ago, where he was touched off by Big Orange, but the Aidan O'Brien-trained raider will have a new adversary to get the better of in Thursday's showpiece event at 4:20pm as Sir Michael Stoute's Stradivarius will aim to launch himself into the elite of the staying division.

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Stradivarius to win    Best Bet 2/1

Gold Cup Odds

A three-length winner of the 2016 Gold Cup, Order Of St George was beaten in a short-head in last year's renewal, so he is entitled to be the 7/4 favourite with Betfred to recapture the 2m 4f Group 1 crown, and he warmed up for the Royal meeting with easy wins at Navan and Leopardstown, when sent off at skinny odds.

Stamina is certainly his forte, and he just failed to reel in the front-running Big Orange last season, but if Ryan Moore can hold him prominently throughout the race then he's sure to be doing his best work late on, but he will face a huge rival in the shape of Stradivarius, who has showed signs of improving at the staying trips, and many punters will snap up the 2/1 with Coral about the Freemason Lodge charge.

A winner of the Goodwood Cup last season and the Yorkshire Cup last month, Stradivarius could only finish third to Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot at the back end of last season, but the softer ground played into the Irish raider's favour that day, and with the ground set to be a lot quicker at the Berkshire venue on Thursday then Stoute's raider could just have a little too much speed for his market rival.

Vazirabad has been a regular in top-class staying races around the world, and the French raider is looking to add another notable victory to his glittering CV, and the Alain Du Royer-Dupre-trained six-year-old was last seen beating Marmelo in a Group 2 prize, and with Marmelo last seen winning in style then Vazirabad has to be respected at 5/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers in this contest.

Gold Cup Tips

In the last six years the biggest priced winner of this race was 12/1, so it's often a race that can be fought out by the fancied contenders, and that is set to be the case once again in 2018, and it's Stradivarius that makes the most appeal as he could still be on the upgrade over these marathon distances, and the 2/1 with Coral has to be snapped up from a betting perspective.

Jessica Harrington's Torcedor was a fine winner of the Sagaro Stakes last time out, but has failed to beat Order Of St George in his last two tries, so the 10/1 with Paddy Power can be ignored, while Desert Skyline was well beaten by Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup in May, so at 14/1 with Coral can't be fancied.

Of the others, Sheikhzayedroad (25/1) and Mount Moriah (50/1) often come unstuck in top-class company, so avoid them and stick with the Stoute-trained star, who can launch into the elite category of the marathon division.

Gold Cup Odds

Stradivarius
Stradivarius 2 2 9/4 9/4 5/2 9/4 2 9/4 9/4
Cross Counter
Cross Counter 11/2 5 5 6 - 5 6 - 6
Capri
Capri 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 6 6
Magic Circle
Magic Circle - - 8 - - - - - -
Call The Wind
Call The Wind - - 12 - - 12 10 - -
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens 12 12 8 12 6 10 8 8 12
Brundtland
Brundtland - - - - - - 14 - -
Flag Of Honour
Flag Of Honour - 10 - - 8 12 14 10 -
Count Octave
Count Octave - - 12 - 14 14 14 14 -
Ispolini
Ispolini - - 12 - - - - - -
Rekindling
Rekindling - - 16 - - - - - -
Cypress Creek
Cypress Creek - - 20 - 20 20 20 - -
Vazirabad
Vazirabad 14 10 12 16 14 12 20 12 16
Southern France
Southern France 20 - 12 16 - 16 12 16 16
Weekender
Weekender - - - - - - - - -
Thomas Hobson
Thomas Hobson - - - - - - - - -
Idaho
Idaho - - 16 - - - 20 - -
Young Rascal
Young Rascal - - 20 20 - - - 20 20
Torcedor
Torcedor 25 - 20 20 14 14 - 20 20
Called To The Bar
Called To The Bar 25 25 - - - - - - -
Dubhe
Dubhe - - - - - - - - -
Holdthasigreen
Holdthasigreen 25 - - - - - 12 - -
Call To Mind
Call To Mind - - - - 25 - 25 - -
Marmelo
Marmelo 25 - - - - 10 - - -
The Pentagon
The Pentagon - - 33 - - - - - -
Dee Ex Bee
Dee Ex Bee - 25 25 - - - 25 - -
Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carrier - - - - - - - - -
Raa Atoll
Raa Atoll - - - - - - 33 - -
Sheikhzayedroad
Sheikhzayedroad - - - - - - - - -
Desert Skyline
Desert Skyline - - 40 - 40 - 33 40 -
Mengli Khan
Mengli Khan - - 33 - - - - - -
BEST ODDS
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9/4
9/4
9/4
9/4
9/4
2/1
2/1
2/1
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6/1
6/1
11/2
5/1
5/1
5/1
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7/1
6/1
6/1
6/1
6/1
6/1
6/1
5/1
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12/1
12/1
12/1
10/1
8/1
8/1
8/1
6/1
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6. Flag Of Honour
14/1
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12/1
10/1
10/1
8/1
VISIT ODDS
10/1
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16/1
16/1
14/1
14/1
12/1
12/1
12/1
10/1
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12/1
10/1
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14/1
14/1
14/1
12/1
12. Holdthasigreen
25/1
VISIT ODDS
12/1
13. Southern France
20/1
VISIT ODDS
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
12/1
12/1
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20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
14/1
14/1
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16/1
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20/1
20/1
20/1
19. Cypress Creek
20/1
VISIT ODDS
20/1
20/1
20/1
20. Called To The Bar
25/1
VISIT ODDS
25/1
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25/1
25/1
VISIT ODDS
25/1
23. Desert Skyline
40/1
VISIT ODDS
40/1
40/1
33/1
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Odds correct as of 16th Apr, 06:18 Odds subject to change.


Posted: Wednesday, 20th June 2018
Author: Steve Chambo