O’Brien claims seventh Gold Cup victory
Favourite Order of St George gave Aiden O’Brien a second win of the day at Royal Ascot, with the Gold Cup winner adding to Even Song’s victory earlier on in the Ribblesdale Stakes. The pre-race 11/10 favourite with Betway overcame a troublesome race to claim victory through jockey Ryan Moore. O’Brien broke another record with the win, becoming the first man to achieve fifty Royal Ascot successes. Despite coming under severe fire from pundits in the build up to the race surrounding his stamina for such a race, Order of St George showed his pedigree against a quality field in the end.
The favourite saw off strong competition from Mizzou and Sheikhzayedroad, who finished in second and third respectively, having come to life on the back straight at the iconic circuit. With a record number of horses leaving the gates, the eighteen participants certainly made it difficult for O’Brien’s most prized asset, with Mile Et Mile setting an incredible early pace. Moore was forced to navigate his horse around a whole host of rivals in front of him, but having done so, showed no sign of giving up his lead. The odds for today’s race of 40/1 from Betway for Sheikhzayedroad will certainly have pleased those fond of a horse racing bet with his finishing position.
Despite attention places firmly on events at Royal Ascot this week, the summer provides an opportunity for horse racing fans to win big on a whole host of high profile races. The upcoming Irish Derby is perhaps the next opportunity, with US Army Ranger currently the 5/4 favourite with Betway. Having finished in second place in the recent Epsom Derby, the Aiden O’Brien trained three-year-old will be eager to go one better this time around.
Elsewhere, the King VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot is always a favourite among the racing community, and the mile-long race is an opportunity for the Luca Cumani trained Postposed to successfully defend his title. The Irish-bred is currently even money with Betway to claim a second successive victory.