1pt win Trueshan @9/2, 16:15 Thursday, Royal Ascot

2m4f Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1)

Stradivarious has been the dominant player in this division for the last four years now and he looks primed for another big performance today. He might just turn out to be too good once again at the tender age of seven, but as we saw earlier in the week with the likes of Battash flopping there is no such thing as a dead cert in horse racing.

The deluge of rain that’s come overnight may also make his task ever so slightly harder and there is a possibility that he is now a horse in decline which we may see exposed tomorrow.

It looks a much deeper renewal than previous years and the one that stands out is the rapidly-improving TRUESHAN who looks to have all the ingredients to become a true staying champion.

He showed just how classy he was on Champions Day last year when sprinting away from his opposition (including Stradivarious) and his seasonal reappearance run over an indequately short-trip when giving 5lbs away to Japan showed that he is possibly in the form of his life.

Trueshan has deseperately needed the rain to arrive, but thanks to some torrential downpours he should hopefully have his conditions for the Gold Cup and the step up to 2m 4f could bring about the necessry improvement to dethrone the current champ.

At bigger odds, Emperor Of The Sun could be interesting as well for Coolmore, but I’m not keen on putting too much money against the fav.

1pt win Trueshan @9/2, 16:15 Thursday, Royal Ascot

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