Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
International Field of Twelve Set for $3 Million Breeders' Cup Turf
The scratch of returning champion Magician has left Saturdays $3 million Breeders Cup Turf a wide open affair. The Grade 1 race has drawn an international field of twelve to compete in the mile and a half contest.
Flintshire (GB) has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 for trainer Andre Fabre. The four-year-old son of Dansili (GB) is winless from four starts this year but has been second three times, most notably last time out to Treve in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). He will have regular rider Maxime Guyon in the irons and they are slated to break from post position seven.
Telescope (IRE) a top threat from the inside post
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Telescope (IRE) for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. The four-year-old son of Galileo (IRE) has been on the board in all five of his starts this year in Great Britain and was last seen finishing third behind the highly regarded Australia in the Juddmonte International (G1). Ryan Moore, who has had the mount for his last eight races, will remain aboard from the rail.
Main Sequence the strongest hope of the United States horses
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Main Sequence, undefeated from three starts in the United States for Graham Motion. The five-year-old gelded son of Aldebaran struggled in Great Britain last year but is a perfect three for three this year. He was last seen pulling off a narrow victory in the Turf Classic (G1). John Velazquez will be aboard from post twelve and is replacing Rajiv Maragh, sidelined with injury.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most important races of the Royal Ascot meeting! With a £1 million purse, the race is one of the richest of the entire week, and it also offers its winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The 2022 Belmont Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, June 11, drew an exciting field of eight to compete for $1.5 million and a place in horse racing immortality. Several familiar New York horses will line up for the race, including Wood Memorial (G2) winner Mo Donegal and Peter Pan (G3) winner We the People.
The best horses in the older dirt male division line up for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park! The race is at a mile and an eighth on the main track, an intermediate distance that draws both Classic runners and milers alike. Nine horses have passed the entry box, and are ready for a thrilling renewal of the winter’s biggest race!