Royal Ascot Results 2020 – Day 3

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With rain falling for much of the morning then stamina and the ability to handle the softer conditions was looking essential ahead of day three – Gold Cup Day.

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Royal Ascot Day Three – Thursday 18th June 2020

It was another top-class seven-race card to get stuck into that included the Britannia Stakes Handicap and the Group Three Jersey Stakes, but on the Thursday of Royal Ascot it’s only ever about one race – the Ascot Gold Cup.

All eyes, would once again be on the three-time winner for the Gold Cup – Stradivarius – as this popular John Gosden-trained 6 year-old was hoping to further etch his name in the Royal Ascot record books by winning the Gold Cup for a third time.

1.15 – Golden Gates Handicap (3yo) 1m2f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stHighland Chief20/1P F I ColeRossa Ryan
2ndTritonic9/1A KingOisin Murphy
3rdGlobal Storm7/2 FavC ApplebyW Buick

A tough race for punters to start with in what was one of the newly-added contests at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting this year. With the ground now soft after a lot of morning rain, getting this 1m2f trip was going to be a lot harder than had the race been run a few days ago. The Godolphin horse – Global Storm – has been steady in the betting all morning and was eventually sent off as the 7/2 favourite, but in this testing ground, jockey William Buick was hard at work a long way out and in the end actually did well to run on for third.

The race looked to be going to the front-running Grand Rock, who shot clear turning for home to lead by many lengths, but in this ground didn’t have the legs to sustain that effort and eventually got overrun in the final stages to finish fifth. The race was set up for a finisher and that came in the form of HIGHLAND CHIEF (20/1), who provided his veteran trainer Paul Cole with another Royal Ascot winner and a day to remember for up-and-coming jockey Rossa Ryan. Tritonic managed to run on well too and take the silver medal position for trainer Alan King and jockey Oisin Murphy.

1.50 – Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (4yo+ 0-110) 1m2f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stMountain Angel8/1R VarianJames Doyle
2ndSir Dragonet15/8 FavA P O’BrienR L Moore
3rdRegal Reality11/2Sir Michael StouteJim Crowley

Trainer Roger Varian took over the reigns at Kremlin House Stables that were formerly run by his mentor Michael Jarvis, who won this race in 2004 and 2010. Therefore, it was always going to be a prize the Varian yard would love to win. They sent MOUNTAIN ANGEL (8/1) to post this year and with James Doyle riding the horse looked to have a solid chance being a proven course winner at Ascot and having run well in soft ground in the past. The horse didn’t let his supporters down either – winning by 2 ¼ lengths at the line and holding off the late challenge from both Sir Dragonet, who was sent off the 15/8 favourite, and the Sir Michael Stoute runner Regal Reality, who eventually came home third.

2.25 – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (CLASS 1) (3yo) 7f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stMolatham11/2R VarianJim Crowley
2ndMonarch Of Egypt4/1A P O’BrienR L Moore
3rdSymbolize40/1A M BaldingDavid Probert

Someone is certainly shining down on jockey Jim Crowley this week at the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting. The former champion flat jockey fired in three winners on day one, added another on the second day and got on the scoresheet again on day three in the Jersey Stakes. He was riding the Roger Varian-trained MOLATHAM (11/2), who was also providing this yard with their second Royal Ascot winner on the afternoon after taking the previous race too.

Molatham was always travelling well and when Crowley kicked for home, he only really had one challenger and that came from the Ryan Moore-ridden Monarch Of Egypt. The pair were separated by just ½ a length at the line, but it was Crowley that came out on top again, giving him his five winner at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting and there was still plenty more to come. It was Symbolize that ran on well to grab third on the line, to deny Ropey Guest (4th) of a place finish in the dying strides.

3.00 – Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (2yo) 7f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stBattleground11/4 FavA P O’BrienR L Moore
2ndMarch Law18/1M JohnstonS De Sousa
3rdSeattle Rock80/1S KirkDavid Egan

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has landed the Chesham Stakes twice since 2016 and four times in total, so it was no shock to see his BATTLEGROUND (11/4) figuring high up in the betting for the 2020 renewal. This 2 year-old would have been picked out of a big bunch of runners from the O’Brien camp so the fact they sent it over was a good sign for backers. Only 5th on debut at Naas, but that race clearly taught the horse a lot as he didn’t let his supporters down by winning by an easy 2 ½ lengths.

The step up from 6f to 7f suited this War Front colt and based on what we’ve seen here he looks to have a good future – the 2,000 Guineas next season, plus the Derby would be possible targets. We also saw a much-improved run from the Mark Johnston runner – March Law – to take second at 18/1 and having run green in stages looks sure to get off the mark sooner rather than later, while the same can be said for the third – Seattle Rock – who ran all over the Berkshire track in the final furlong but still managed to grab third at a massive 80/1.

3.35 – Gold Cup (Group 1) (CLASS 1) (4yo+) 2m4f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stStradivarius4/5 FavJ H M GosdenL Dettori
2ndNayef Road11/1M JohnstonR L Moore
3rdCross Counter7/1C ApplebyJames Doyle

Wow – that was simply amazing, and it will take something special to top the performance of STRADIVARIUS (4/5) in winning the 2020 Ascot Gold Cup. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, this popular John Gosden stayer was looking to win the Ascot Gold Cup for a third year in a row and having travelled so well during the race his backers really never had any doubt. He cruised up to long-time leader Nayef Road a few furlongs out and as soon as Frankie pressed the button, he ended up putting 10 lengths between the rest of the field in a matter of strides.

A truly magical performance that has further etched this classy stayer into the Royal Ascot history books. He joins Sagaro as a past three-time winner of the race and will now be looking to equal Yeats, who won the Ascot Gold Cup four times between 2006 and 2009. Third went to the former Melbourne Cup winner – Cross Counter. Roll on to the 2021 Gold Cup!

4.10 – Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) (CLASS 2) (3yo 0-105) 1m

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stKhaloosy9/2R VarianJim Crowley
2ndFinest Sound11/4 FavS & E CrisfordAndrea Atzeni
3rdCherokee Trail16/1J H M GosdenR L Moore
4thEnemy6/1J H M GosdenOisin Murphy

Well, he’s only gone and done it again! Jockey Jim Crowley should easily have the 2020 Royal Ascot ‘top jockey’ title in the bag now as he bagged his second winner on day three and his sixth since the meeting started on Tuesday! He rode the Roger Varian runner – KHALOOSY (9/2)– here and after cruising through the race eventually won by an easy 4 ½ lengths and beating the well-backed favourite – Finest Sound – in the process. The win for trainer Roger Varian was also their third on the third day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting and their first in the Britannia Stakes. Trainer John Gosden, who has often done well in this race over the years, managed to saddle the third and fourth home with Cherokee Trail and Enemy.

4.40 – Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) 1m

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stOnassis33/1C FellowesHayley Turner
2ndWaliyak4/1R VarianDavid Egan
3rdDubai Love8/1S bin SuroorL Dettori

The was a bit of a delay ahead of the final race on the card but it was worth the wait if you backed the Charlie Fellowes-trained ONASSIS (33/1), who came with a cracking late run under Hayley Turner to win this race for a second year in-a-row for the trainer and jockey. They spoiled the party for trainer Roger Varian, who had already had three winners on the card, as their Waliyak was back in second, while Dubai Love, for Godolphin filled third. Wonder if Fellowes can make it three wins in this Ascot race in 2021?

We ended day two of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting with another new race, but after a winning favourite in the previous race the backers were looking to end the afternoon on a high with the Roger Varian-trained FUJAIRA PRINCE (3/1) well supported before the race to be sent off as the 3/1 favourite.

This lightly-raced grey has only had six career runs and was running here off the back of a 362-day break. He was last seen running third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago. But he got in here off the same mark, so it was clear that if fit he’d have every chance. That proved the case as he travelled well through the whole and looked the winner some way from home – he eventually got the job done by 3 ¾ lengths – a win that gave both trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni their first winners of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting. Selino ran on well to take second for the James Fanshawe yard, while third went to Almania for trainer David Simcock.

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