IT’S Ascot Gold Cup day and Johnb hopes his faith is justified in Order of St George.
Our man has 7pts riding on this Nap/NB and will be a happy man if it delivers.
Johnb’s Thursday Tips
Long Awaited 11-4 racebets
Royal Ascot 3:40
Even Song 3-1 racebets
Long Awaited & Even Song 14-1 racebets
Royal Ascot 4:20
Order of St George NAP/NB
3 points at 13/8
4 points at 1/1
Johnb says: “Thursday sees the biggest betting race of the Royal Ascot meeting, it is also the most popular race of the meeting, the Ascot Gold Cup. Everyone should know by now that Order of St George is my bet of the year and if I am honest, my best bet since I have been on this site.
“Order of St George is the best horse in training, Aidan O’Brien is worried about the ground and Ryan Moore doesn’t sound too confident, yet he is my best bet for a few years.
“The only worry the horse could have is the distance. There aren’t many races for horses over the Gold Cup distance 2m 4f which is why a lot of horses over the years have had question marks regarding the distance. Order of St George is going beyond 1m 6f for the first time, that’s 6f further than he has ever run.
“I don’t see a problem and I think the trainer’s worry about the ground is only because of the distance. With a rating of 124 Order of St George is the highest-rated stayer in the world and he is 7lb higher than the next horse in this race. Connections were thinking of running him in last years Arc and were very confident but decided to put the horse away to concentrate on this race.”
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