Last 12 months’s Derby hero Serpentine has been supplemented to tackle Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Serpentine was a shock 25-1 winner of the Epsom Classic final time period – earlier than failing to strike in two subsequent begins.
He was effectively overwhelmed on his return to motion in the Tattersalls Gold Cup final month, however connections have stumped up £30,000 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 in the combo, together with Amhrann Na Bhfiann – who completed third at Epsom in 2020.
Staying star Stradivarius is a sizzling favorite as he bids for a fourth successive Gold Cup victory.
Should the John and Thady Gosden-trained seven-year-old prevail as soon as once more, he’ll turn out to be simply the second four-time winner of the good 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 successful type in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April.
Nayef Road was again in third that day, and second in the Gold Cup 12 months in the past, and he’s one in every of 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 Trigger in 1995 and Royal Rebel in each 2001 and 2002.
Johnston informed Tattersalls: “Subjectivist is in the Ascot Gold Cup next week, and that’s always been his target.
“We hadn’t had a winner on Dubai World Cup evening since 2000, so 21 years, and in that race we could not have been happier. He was serving up to them all through, and it regarded like nothing else bought a glance in. It was an amazing race to win, and in great model.
“I went to the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2018. We knew Subjectivist was in the catalogue, a half-brother to Sir Ron Priestley who we already trained. He hadn’t won for us, but we already thought a lot of him.
“I had quite a lot of religion in the household.”
Group One winner Princess Zoe, from Tony Mullins yard, Donnacha O’Brien’s Emperor Of The Sun and the Joseph O’Brien-trained pair of Melbourne Cup hero Twilight Payment and Master Of Reality full a powerful potential Irish problem.
An further worldwide factor is added – with Andreas Suborics set to subject German Group Two winner Rip Van Lips, for whom James Doyle is booked to trip.
Alan King’s Long 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.