Today's racecards

Ascot

  • 16:25 Gold Cup 2m 4f

  • Winner £212,662 2nd £80,625 3rd £40,350 4th £20,100
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in Places on Round Course
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 21.09s
  • Off time: 16:29:04
16:25 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
-1 Tac De Boistron (FR)
-1 Pale Mimosa (IRE)
1st Leading Light (IRE) 10/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 22129-6 Royal blue Ahzeemah (IRE) 34
Nag meCourse Winner
5 9-2 p Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 111 25/126.00
2 (1) 53518-1 White, royal blue ball, white sleeves, blue and white quartered cap Altano (GER) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
8 9-2 t Andreas Wohler E Pedroza 117 7/18.00
3 (4) 1158-11 Turquoise, dark blue cap Brown Panther 21
Nag meCourse Winner
6 9-2 Tom Dascombe R Kingscote 115 5/16.00
4 (5) 5016-37 Royal Blue, White spots, White sleeves, Royal Blue armlets and spots on White cap Oriental Fox (GER) 21
Nag me
6 9-2 M Johnston J Fanning 105 50/151.00
5 (13) 12151-2 Royal Blue, Red chevrons, White and Red striped sleeves, Red and White quartered cap Royal Diamond (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse Winner
8 9-2 J P Murtagh R Hughes 114 12/113.00
6 (9) 035-006 Yellow, red chevrons, hooped cap Saddler's Rock (IRE) 32
Nag me
6 9-2 b1 J M Oxx William Buick 108 33/134.00
7 (15) 405-506 Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Simenon (IRE) 50
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-2 W P Mullins L Dettori 111 14/115.00
9 (11) 5378-65 White, Emerald Green hoops, Dark Blue sleeves and cap Havana Beat (IRE) 19
Nag me
4 9-0 A M Balding David Probert 102 66/167.00
10 (14) 11110-1 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Leading Light (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse Winner
4 9-0 p A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 118 10/111.91
11 (2) 1-74051 Black, Red epaulets, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Ralston Road (IRE) 19
Nag me
4 9-0 J P Shanahan R P Whelan 107 66/167.00
12 (3) 125-363 Royal Blue, Red epaulets, striped cap Shwaiman (IRE) 19
Nag me
4 9-0 J R Fanshawe T P Queally 104 50/151.00
13 (6) 133/117- Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Estimate (IRE) 243
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 8-13 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 112 8/19.00
14 (10) 123-341 Brown and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, brown cap, yellow spots Missunited (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
7 8-13 M Winters Jim Crowley 107 40/141.00
Non runners
8 (12)3121-12Tac De Boistron (FR)79-2M BottiMartin Harley117
15 (8)15/174-3Pale Mimosa (IRE)58-13D K WeldP J Smullen109

Verdict

Estimate has reportedly been working well in preparation for the defence of her staying crown. The Queen's mare will love the drying ground but faces high-class opposition including last year's St Leger winner Leading Light, who made a winning reappearance at Navan when easily beating today's rivals Royal Diamond, Pale Momosa and Saddler's Rock. Simenon was only beaten a neck last year but arrives out of sorts and more interesting is German raider ALTANO. He was only fifth 12 months ago but was finishing best of all having trailed entering the straight and would have gone close had he not met interference. He went on to beat the very useful Tac De Boistron over 2m4f in the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp, though Marco Botti's grey did reverse that form in the Prix Royal-Oak later and has been impressive in both runs this year. Michael Owen's Brown Panther is back to his best but has come up short in Group 1 races in the past, though did beat Ahzeemah and the selection in last year's Goodwood Cup.