Gold Cup: Fame And Glory has plenty in hand
by Geir Stabell (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2011-06-21 06:57:43 (First published: 2011-06-15 05:28:53 )
Royal Ascot Thursday
Stepping up to 2 1/2 miles takes Fame And Glory into unknown territory, but last year's Coronation Cup (G1) winner is a worthy favourites in the Gold Cup (G1) on Ladies Day. If ratings are anything to go by, this Ballydoyle runners should win with ease.
THE GOLD CUP (G1)
Royal Ascot 16 June 2011 / 4yo+ / 2 ½ miles
Runners presented with best Globeform rating, sire, trainer / jockey
Globeform ratings are expressed in pounds. One length equals 1lb over this distance
124 - FAME AND GLORY (Montjeu) A O'Brien / J Spencer
117 - DUNCAN (Dalakhani) J Gosden / W Buick
116 - KASBAH BLISS (Kahyasi) F Doumen / T Hulliez
115p - BRIGANTIN (Cozzene) A Fabre / P-C Boudot
114 - TASHTAHIL (Singspiel) B Hills / R Hills
114? - GEORDIELAND (Johan Quatz) J Osborne / R Hughes
113 - MANIGHAR (Linamix) L Cumani / K Fallon
113 - OPINION POLL (Halling) M Al Zarooni / M Barzalona
110 - BLUE BAJAN (Montjeu) D O'Meara / D Tudhope
109 - HOLBERG (Halling) S bin Suroor / F Dettori
108 - ASKAR TAU (Montjeu) M Tregoning / G Baker
105 - MOTRICE (Motivator) Sir M Prescott / S Sanders
103 - THE BETCHWORTH KID (Tobougg) A King / H Turner
101 - FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (Stravinsky) V Ward / F Berry
100 - AIM TO PROSPER (Val Royal) B Meehan / R Moore
FAME AND GLORY – a top class performer over 1 ½ miles at three and four – looks a sure thing in this year's Gold Cup, now that last year's winner of the marathon, Rite Of Passage, has dropped out. Fame And Glory has had two runs in Ireland this year, stretching out in distance, and he has been a game (albeit not impressive) winner on both occasions. He landed the Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom last year, when ridden very much for stamina to beat Sariska, and he was not beaten far when fifth to Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp in October. Such form puts Fame And Glory in a different league here and taking 2-1 about the Aidan O'Brien runner is actually like taking 2-1 about him staying the trip. Or, more precicely, about him almost staying the trip. Fame And Glory does not have to produce his absolute best form to win on Thursday. He won the Irish Derby (G1) in 2009, when he was also one of the few capable of making Sea The Stars run for his money. In all probability, he has way too much quality for these rivals.
DUNCAN won the Yorkshire Cup (G2) over 1 ¾ miles in May, after making all, and he is the second best horse in the race but 2 ½ miles may be too far for this guy, and the progressive 4-year-old BRIGANTIN, Andre Fabre's only runner at Royal Ascot this year, is perhaps a better candidate. He showed improved form when gaining a narrow in the 2-mile Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (G2) at Longchamp last time out, and has been shaping like a horse who has more to offer.
KASBAH BLISS, another French raider, also holds place claims, despite having been beaten a long way when fifth in last year's Gold Cup. This okd battler has some pretty smart formlines on his CV.
TASTAHIL is another tough stayer. He is coming off one of his career best efforts when beaten by just one horse (the well handicapped favourite Overturn) under a tough weight in the Chester Cup last month.
A: 5 FAME AND GLORY
B: 13 BRIGANTIN
C: 4 DUNCAN, 8 KASBAH BLISS, 11 TASTAHIL
WIN: 5 Fame And Glory
A: 5 with 13
B: 13 with 5
B: 5 with 4, 8, 11
A: 5 with 2, 4, 8, 11, 13 with 2, 4, 8, 11, 13
B: 5 with 13 with All
C: 5 with All with 13
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