Last year’s Serpentine derby champion was added to face Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, serpentine He was a surprise 25-1 winner in the final season of the Epsom Classic – before failing to strike in two consecutive games.
He was well-beaten on his return to the court in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last month, but communications have snagged £30,000 to add to the field for Thursday’s first group advantage, which spans more than two and a half miles – a full mile beyond the serpentines that were dealt with her before.
O’Brien is also a Queen’s Vase winner and last year’s Irish Derby winner Santiago In the mix, along with deer song – who finished third on Epsom in 2020.
stay stars Stradivarius He is the favorite as he seeks to win the Gold Cup for the fourth time in a row.
Should the seven-year-old coached by John and Teddy Gosden win again, he would become the second four-time winner of the great race – joining Yates, who triumphed in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Stradivarius was a winner by 10 lengths last season – and after going through a few disappointing rounds at the end of last year, he’s back to his winning form at the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April.
Naif Road He’s back in third that day, second in the Gold Cup 12 months ago, and is one of two possible for Mark Johnston – along with a better stablemate. subjective.
The four-year-old won the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan on his 2021 bracket in March, and Johnston is enjoying the Gold Cup race – having won the race with the Double Trigger in 1995 and the Royal Rebel in both 2001 and 2002.
“Personality is in the Ascot Gold Cup next week, and that has always been his goal,” Johnston told Tattersalls.
“We haven’t had a winner on Dubai World Cup night since 2000, so 21, and in this race we couldn’t have been happier. He’s been serving them the whole time, and nothing else seemed to be looked at. To win, in massive fashion.
“I went to the annual October Sale at Tattersalls in 2018. We knew the autobiography was in the catalog, a half-brother of Sir Ron Priestley that we had already coached. He didn’t win for us, but we thought a lot about him already.
“I had a great deal of faith in the family.”
Group 1 winner Princess Zoe, from Tony Mullins Square, Donatcha O’Brien sun emperor husband of Melbourne Cup champion Joseph O’Brien Twilight push And the Reality master Complete a powerful Irish potential challenge.
An additional international element has been added – with Andreas Soborex set to win the German second set Rip Van Lips, which James Doyle was booked to ride.
Alan King Cup Long Distance Champion trochanCoach duo, Andrew Balding Spanish mission And the farm hand and 92 ratings Ben Lilly From David Brown’s yard complete the potential lineup for 15.