A gloomy day presented for Gold Cup day at Ascot, also known as ladies day. The Queen surprised a few with a full purple outfit with the hat to match!
A ripping Norfolk Stakes opened the day at Ascot with a competitive 5 furlongs down the straight. Favourite No Nay Never was acting up down to the barriers and in-turn missed the start, but made up ground quickly as the field spread across the track on the grandstand side out to the middle. No surprise moves occurred down to the 2 furlong pole and by this stage No Nay Never was close to the lead with Coach House. From the furlong pole it was three of them fighting it out and No Nay Never kicked clear for a strong win in track record time over Coach House with Wind Fire flying home for third.
The Riddlesdale Stakes over 2400m was second up on the card and Winsili came up the favourite. Equal 2nd favourite Riposte jumped poorly from the gate to be 2 lengths behind the field early. The race was fairly quiet with a low pace set upfront and Queally decided to make his move to bring Riposte to the front. Leading by a length past the 2furlong pole from Elik, Riposte put the turbo boosters on and won with ease from a strong finishing Just Pretending and Elik with the favourite Winsili not finding enough and falling out to 4th.
The 2013 Gold Cup was certainly a race to remember! The Queen’s horse Estimate was well backed overnight into favourite on all totes. The race started with a slow tempo and increased throughout the race. There were no key moves with Estimate sitting 1 out 1 back the whole trip. Saddles Rock looked gone at the 2furlong pole and Estimate made her move at the 1.5 furlong mark, joined by Simenon. Colour Vision who had been out the front most the race fell out of it at this point and through the final furlong Estimate and Simenon battled out the finish. It seemed like Simenon was going stronger but Estimate kicked back to score the Queen’s first Gold Cup. Go Lizzy! Top Trip stayed on well for third.
The 1600m Britannia Stakes down the straight was the upset race of the day. Wentworth started favourite in the race. The race was also very straight forward with Roca Tumu hitting the front at the 2furlong pole and never headed at big odds. The two behind who got very close at the end in Tarikhi and Queensberry Rules were also big odds finishing 2nd and 3rd. The fav Wentworth ended up finishing fourth.
The Tercentenary Stakes over 2000m was a tough slog over the distance with a fair few runners blocked for runs. Coming around the turn, short priced favourite Remote was stuck on the fence with nowhere to go. Elkaayed, Windhoek and Van Deer Neer lead it down to the 1.5 furlong mark and Remote finally got out. Inside the final furlong, Remote headed the field and went on to hold out a strong finishing Shikarpour and Van Deer Neer who stayed on well.
The King George V Stakes over 2400m was a well run race with few key moves during the run. The front runners couldn’t last the distance and were all gone by the 1 furlong pole where Elidor took over and stayed on strongly to hold off the flying StarShip and Bold Sniper who threatened but didn’t produce enough sprint.