Royal Ascot Tips & Preview | Thursday, June 20, 2024


9:30AM ET | Norfolk S. (Gr II)
10:05AM ET | King George V. H.
10:45AM ET | Ribblesdale S. (Gr II)
11:25AM ET | Gold Cup (Gr I)
12:05PM ET | Brittania H.
12:40PM ET | Hampton Court S. (Gr III)
1:15PM ET | Buckingham Palace H.


Royal Ascot Day 3 Preview & Pick Sheet from UK’s At the Races

Gold Cup Video Preview

Brittania Video Preview

Setting the Scene

Thursday is Gold Cup Day at Royal Ascot, as all eyes are focused on the day’s 2 1/2-mile feature, which goes as Race 4, at 11:25AM ET. Favoritism is with Aidan O’Brien’s exceptional #3 KYPRIOS (4/5). He won this race in 2022 over the legendary Stradivarius and has won 10-of-14 lifetime. One blemish on his calendar came in the Gr II British Champions Long Distance last October at Ascot at the hands of #6 TRAWLERMAN (10/1), who enters this race a winner of 7-of-16 in his career. Other features on the day are the five furlong Norfolk (Race 1), and the 1 1/2-mile Ribblesdale (Race 3), which pits marquee ownership groups of Godolphin (#2 DIAMOND RAIN), Juddmonte (#1 KALPANA and #10 SIYOLA) and Coolmore (#8 PORT FAIRY and #10 RUBIE SARE RED) against one another.

American Runners

America’s hopes on Thursday are focused on #14 SATURDAY FLIRT (10/1) in the opener, the Gr II Norfolk, at 9:30AM ET. The Wesley Ward-trained daughter of Mendelssohn kicked to victory in her Keeneland debut on April 26, overcoming a tardy start to win going away. Joel Rosario is in the irons.

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