Thu, Jun 22, 4:05pm by Senior Writer
Europe’s most famous staying the race, the Ascot Gold Cup, is the highlight of day three of the famous Royal Ascot carnival with a familiar name on top in the markets.
Order of St George, owned by five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, is $1.90 favourite to win the race for the second year in a row and continue trainer Aidan O’Brien’s recent domination of this event.
O’Brien-trained runners have won seven out of the past 11 runnings of the event, with Order of St George well placed to add to that extraordinary record.
Just as he did last year, he returned to win his first race of the year at Leopardstown over 2800m a few weeks back.
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Three of his rivals will also be very familiar to Aussie racing fans. Big Orange has contested two Melbourne Cups and is rated a $8 chance to win this, Quest For More ran in the 2015 Cup and is $23, while Trip To Paris, the winner of this race two years ago before finishing runner-up in the Melbourne Cup, is a $67 chance.
The other favoured runner in Simple Verse, the mare controversially denied the 2015 St Leger. She is ridden by Oisin Murphy, who rode as an apprentice in Australia to Danny O’Brien a few years back and is a $9 third pick.
But Order of St George looks a clear top pick in that race.
The best two races on the fourth day of the carnival (Friday night/Sat am AEST) are the Coronation Stakes for the fillies and the Commonwealth Cup for the three-year olds.
Aidan O’Brien again dominates the betting in both races, with his brilliant filly Winter the $1.57 favourite in the Coronation Stakes after her five-length victory at The Curragh last time out.
It’s hard to see anything beating her, although John Gosden’s Dabyah looks speedy and did win well at her only run this year in a Group 3 race at Newbury.
Caravaggio is unbeaten in his five starts, including a win at this carnival last year and is currently $2 to make it another win on Friday in the Commonwealth Cup.
Harry Angel ($4) and Blue Point ($5.50) are the two horses favoured to beat him, while the one at value could be the unbeaten American Bound For Nowhere. Ward has already had two winners this week and can make it three here with this guy at double figure odds.
Suggested Bets: Royal Ascot Days 3 and 4
Ascot Gold Cup: (Thur R4 No.3) Order of St George to win
Coronation Stakes: (Fri R4 no.7) Winter to win
Commonwealth Cup (Fri R3 No.2): Bound for Nowhere each-way
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