Royal Ascot 2020: Day three entries released with runners and riders for the feature Gold Cup

Royal Ascot 2020: Day three entries released with runners and riders for the feature Gold Cup

KEW Gardens has been ruled out of Thursday's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

The highly-anticipated rematch with Stradivarius, after the pair fought out a ding-dong finish on Champions Day, will have to wait for now.

That means the reigning champion, who has won the last two Gold Cups for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, has an easier task on his hands in the 2m4f Group 1, and he is now the 1-2 favourite with Betfair.

He heads up nine entries and shaped with plenty of promise when third in his prep race in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket.

Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter was disappointing when last sighted in Saudi Arabia but he will likely provide the biggest threat to the jolly.

Four-year-olds Technician, Moonlight Spirit and Nayef Road, the last-start Sagaro winner, bring plenty of potential to the field.

Prince Of Arran, Withhold, Mekong and Oriental Eagle complete the entries for the £250,000 feature.

Day Three Entries

Gold Cup Stakes

Cross Counter
Mekong
Moonlight Spirit
Nayef Road
Oriental Eagle
Prince Of Arran
Stradivarius
Technician
Withhold

The Group 3 Jersey Stakes has attracted 26 entries in total, headed by Richard Hannon's Superlative Stakes winner Mystery Power and Gimcrack runner-up Lord Of The Lodge.

Elsewhere, there are 26 entries in the Listed Wolferton Stakes, including John Gosden's Lord North and one-time Derby contender Bangkok.

Pinatubo was a hugely impressive winner of the Chesham Stakes last season, and his trainer Charlie Appleby saddles impressive debut winner Modern News this time around. There are 19 entries in total.

There are bumper entries in the Britannia and Sandringham Handicaps, with 42 and 23 potential runners respectively, while the new Golden Gates Handicap has attracted 39 entries.

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