Ascot Gold Cup Odds & Field and Betting Pick

Proven stamina meets progressive class in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday, the historic highlight of the week. Coltrane has won at this marathon distance while G1 winner Eldar Eldarov looks as though he might, and they take on 2021 winner Subjectivist and 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf one-two Yibir and Broome in the latest edition of a race that dates back to 1807. Here are the latest Ascot Gold Cup Odds!

Breeders Cup Odds

2023 Gold Cup

G1, £600,000, 2m 4f turf (round), 4yo+, 11.20am ET

The flagship race of Royal Ascot – the third-day Thursday highlight – is a level-weight contest over an archaic super-marathon distance, and although this year’s Gold Cup lacks a little of the quality of recent years the search for the winner is as compelling as ever.

The distance is the key. Very few of the field have even tried it – two miles is straightforward but the extra half-mile really makes the difference. One for whom it will hold no fears is Coltrane (7-2), winner over course and distance in a handicap last year before graduating to Group races in style.

He turned up for this with a romping defeat of Wise Eagle (50-1) in the G3 Sagaro here over two miles, clearing away by four and three-quarter lengths with the mud-loving Trueshan (22-1) beaten seven lengths into fourth and Nate The Great (80-1) fifth, and he’s a worthy favorite.

The main threat to Coltrane comes from the younger Eldar Eldarov (4-1), who has never won beyond the mile-and-six at which he took the G2 Queen’s Vase at this meeting 12 months ago. He races as though the further he goes the better he’ll be, though, and was bringing back the winner all the way to the line when beaten a half-length in the mile-six G2 Yorkshire Cup at York on his first run of 2023.

He had Broome (12-1) a length back in third there and has the class to take this – if he can see out the distance. Broome was coming off a victory in the two-mile G2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, when he had 2021 Gold Cup winner Subjectivist (10-1) – the only other course-and-distance winner in the field – five lengths back in third, but is only his in-form stable’s second-string behind the filly Emily Dickinson (6-1).

She improved for moving up to two miles when winning the G3 Loughbrown at The Curragh in October and is highly touted by connections, but she ran a career-worst last time when the fast ground may have been to blame, and that’s a concern.

Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Yibir (12-1) goes a mile further than ever before and is becoming too quirky to trust, while Courage Mon Ami (7-1) is three-for-three but takes a monster class hike from the minor leagues and also lacks the experience for such a tough test.

Echoes In Rain (14-1) is a probable stayer and has been running well over jumps this winter and spring, so she could appeal to exotics players as should Tashkhan (66-1), who ran fifth in this race 12 months ago, beaten five lengths in a stronger edition than this one.

Ascot Gold Cup Odds & Prediction

Prediction  The front two have an edge on the field. ELDAR ELDAROV has always looked like he’d stay this distance and his proven class makes him the choice.

HORSEJOCKEYODDS BY JAZZSPORTS
COLTRANEOisin Murphy+330
ELDAR ELDAROVDavid Egan+400
EMILY DICKINSONRyan Moore+700
COURAGE MON AMIFrankie Dettori+800
SUBJECTIVISTJoe Fanning+1000
BROOMEWayne Lordan+1200
YIBIRWilliam Buick+1200
ECHOES IN RAINTom Marquand+1400
TRUESHANHollie Doyle+2000
LONE EAGLERossa Ryan+4000
WISE EAGLEDaniel Tudhope+4000
BIG CALLStephane Pasquier+5000
TASHKHANJames Doyle+6600
NATE THE GREATHarry Davies+8000

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