Racing Post reports that the Queen, who usually presents trophies on Gold Cup Day and has a favorite set of odds-on to run at Reach for the Moon at Hampton Court Stakes, is not at Royal Ascot today.
Good morning from Ascot on the most famous and historic day of the royal meeting. And perhaps this year is the only afternoon the Queen will attend. The Ladies Day Gold Cup is arguably the highlight of the week, with Stradivarius, one of the most popular horses in training, aiming to win a record fourth big race in this year’s race. ..
From 2006 to four consecutive victories, no horse has won the Gold Cup four times in history dating back to 1807. Because maintaining a “whole”, a non-gelled horse, that is of sufficient interest to produce the best shape at the age of eight is a very difficult task for trainers.
Strada Valius, who was the odds-on-shot of this race last year, faced a young resident with a talent for subjectivism and rapidly improving. The same is true this time, as Cyprios, four years old from Aidan O’Brien’s stables, is his biggest rival, but Cyprios may depart as a favorite on Stradivarius’ second pick. By the way, Trueshan is a non-runner for the fast ground, not the most amazing news of the week.
It’s not yet known if the Queen will be watching at the racetrack, but there is a great incentive to make a short trip from Windsor Castle. Her Colt, Reach for the Moon, departs for odds on at 5.35 at Hampton Court Stakes. .. He was considered a potential runner in Derby during the winter, but John Gosden was unable to prepare him in time after the injury reduced his boy campaign. Reach for the Moon returned to a satisfying action at Kempton’s Heron Stakes last month, but finished on Tuesday at St. James’s Palace Stakes, 1.5 times longer behind My Prospero, not far away.
Danny Tadhope will be very pleased with his weekly work so far, but this could also be a “moving day” for the contest to end the week as a major trainer and rider.
Tadhope has surpassed the jockey’s table with three wins ahead of William Buick and James McDonald. He is also riding his favorite Post-Impressionist at King George V Handicap this afternoon and has an additional few digit odds on Saturday. As for trainers, 14 different stables have won the 14 races so far, and Gosden is not yet included in them.
Keep in mind Factor 50 when heading to the course, as temperatures are set to rise today and are expected to reach a maximum of 27 degrees in the middle of the afternoon. If not, you can follow all Ladies Day actions on the live blog. Here are some thoughts on what might win.