This year's renewal of The Gold Cup will be run as The Gold Cup in Honour of The Queen's 90th Birthday.
First ran in 1807, the Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot, traditionally the busiest day of the week and colloquially known as “Ladies’ Day”.
It is the oldest and one of the most prestigious races at Royal Ascot. In 2013 The Queen became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup as her filly, Estimate, stormed to victory. It was the Queen’s 22nd winner at Royal Ascot in a period spanning 60 years.
Staged over the marathon trip of two-and-a-half miles, the race is a stiff test of stamina and attracts the very best staying horses in Europe. Many horses have distinguished themselves with dual Gold Cup wins, enhancing the race’s reputation as a specialists’ event. Sagaro won three times in the 1970s but Yeats did betterstill, becoming a four-time winner in 2009.
Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday in the race title of The Gold Cup. The Gold Cup, recently won of course by The Queen herself, is the historic centrepiece of Royal Ascot, and is very much the race which resonates most with the public."
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