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Ascot Gold Cup 2018 Tips & Predictions - Order Of St George to continue his world dominance
Back Order Of St George in the 2018 Ascot Gold Cup
Ryan Moore riding Order Of St George on their way to winning The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot racecourse. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
The Ascot Gold Cup is one of the biggest races at Royal Ascot and we have tips and predictions for the 2018 edition this June.
Order Of St George is a world-renowned thoroughbred of the highest order and he's our clear top pick to take out the Group 1 staying feature during the Royal Ascot Festival.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained six-year-old is coming off a win in the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot and although pushed to within a half-length, he was never really in any doubt of winning.
His form around the world has stacked up nicely over the course of time and the 11-time winner is looking to go one better in the Ascot Gold Cup after finishing second behind Big Orange in 2017.
He only went down by a short head so he lost no admirers on that occasion and he looks capable of turning the tables with another year of experience under his belt.
3/1 is about as short as you'd want to take for this race but that's a fair price from bookmakers given his extensive galloping record in some of the world's most prestigious races.
On the second line of betting is Stradivarius at 6/1. The John Gosden-trained runner finished third behind Order Of St George last start but didn't get all favours during the run.
The son of Sea The Stars has won four of his nine career starts and although the four-year-old is giving up some experience to the likes of Order Of St George, he's a rising star in the staying world and shouldn't be overlooked.
He scored a quality win in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup over Big Orange last August and wins like that deserve plenty of attention.
Watch his form leading into the Ascot Gold Cup and his odds of 6/1 could tumble significantly.
We can't talk about the Ascot Gold Cup without mentioning Big Orange as a winning hope.
The seven-year-old has competed all around the world for trainer Mick Bell and he will enter this race as the defending champion. Whether or not he can replicate his efforts from 2017 is the big question and he didn't look overly impressive at Meydan recently, but there's room for improvement.
He'll enjoy being back at Royal Ascot and bettors should give him a chance at 7/1.