Final 12 months’s Derby hero Serpentine has been supplemented to tackle Stradivarius within the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Educated by Aidan O’Brien, Serpentine was a shock 25-1 winner of the Epsom Basic final time period – earlier than failing to strike in two subsequent begins.
He was properly overwhelmed on his return to motion within the Tattersalls Gold Cup final month, however connections have stumped up £30,000 so as to add him to the sphere for Thursday’s Group One function subsequent week, which is run over two and a half miles – a full mile additional than Serpentine has tackled earlier than.
O’Brien additionally has final 12 months’s Queen’s Vase and Irish Derby winner Santiago within the combine, together with Amhrann Na Bhfiann – who completed third at Epsom in 2020.
Staying star Stradivarius is a scorching favorite as he bids for a fourth successive Gold Cup victory.
Ought to the John and Thady Gosden-trained seven-year-old prevail as soon as once more, he’ll develop into simply the second four-time winner of the nice race – becoming a member of Yeats, who triumphed in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Stradivarius was a 10-length victor final time period – and having turned in a few disappointing runs on the back-end of final 12 months, he roared again to profitable kind within the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April.
Nayef Highway was again in third that day, and second within the Gold Cup 12 months in the past, and he’s one in all two possibles for Mark Johnston – together with better-fancied stablemate Subjectivist.
The four-year-old gained the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan on his 2021 bow again in March, and Johnston is relishing a Gold Cup run – having gained the race with Double Set off in 1995 and Royal Insurgent in each 2001 and 2002.
Johnston instructed Tattersalls: “Subjectivist is within the Ascot Gold Cup subsequent week, and that is at all times been his goal.
“We hadn’t had a winner on Dubai World Cup night time since 2000, so 21 years, and in that race we could not have been happier. He was serving as much as them all through, and it regarded like nothing else obtained a glance in. It was an amazing race to win, and in great fashion.
“I went to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2018. We knew Subjectivist was within the catalogue, a half-brother to Sir Ron Priestley who we already skilled. He hadn’t gained for us, however we already thought a number of him.
“I had a substantial amount of religion within the household.”
Group One winner Princess Zoe, from Tony Mullins yard, Donnacha O’Brien’s Emperor Of The Solar and the Joseph O’Brien-trained pair of Melbourne Cup hero Twilight Cost and Grasp Of Actuality full a robust potential Irish problem.
An additional worldwide factor is added – with Andreas Suborics set to area German Group Two winner Rip Van Lips, for whom James Doyle is booked to trip.
Alan King’s Lengthy Distance Cup hero Trueshan, the Andrew Balding-trained duo Spanish Mission and Ranch Hand and 92-rated Ben Lilly from David Brown’s yard full the potential line-up of 15.