Ascot Gold Cup 3-45
Yeats 5/2 11/4
Geordieland 4.25 3
Patkai 5 3
Eastern Anthem 8 25
Veracity 9.5 7
Sagara 12 50
Hindu Kush 25 40
Washington Irving 40 33
Centennial 100 33

I realise that I have not been interested in Group races recently unlike years ago when they would have been my first choice at this meeting. That leaves very little today – young horses, huge field lottery or various pattern races. The only attractive race is the Gold Cup though it looks pretty much sown up between the market favourites – Yeats, Geordieland or Patkai all at shortish odds. The best sensible-priced punt might be Veracity (9.5, 7) but I am going to take a wild swing on Sagara at 50/1 early. The basis is simply his being suited by the extreme distance and having run well in high grade races even though without winning. He should come on for his only run this season a couple of weeks ago.

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