Fame And Glory’s Royal Ascot hopes on show at Leopardstown
Aidan O’Brien has already enjoyed one spell of dominance in the Ascot Gold Cup with Yeats and it is 7/4 that Fame And Glory embarks on a similar streak with a second triumph in the staying race this year.
Yeats triumphed in the 2m4f contest for four successive years between 2006 and 2009 and Fame And Glory made it five successes in six years for the trainer with his victory 12 months ago.
Given that he is still just a six-year-old, Fame and Glory has the capacity to at least emulate Yeats if not better his achievements, but to do so he must win the Ascot Gold Cup this year.
The omens are good for Fame And Glory, especially given that he triumphed on his seasonal reappearance at Navan last month.
On that occasion he beat classy mare Unaccompanied by a narrow margin, but the rival was fully fit after a complete hurdles season.
Furthermore, Fame And Glory sometimes takes a race to blow away any winter cobwebs and if he steps up for this performance, he will be extremely tough to beat in the Ascot Gold Cup.
O’Brien is following the same path as last season en route to Royal Ascot, with a run in the Seamus/Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown next on the agenda.
His main competition in this race is expected to come from Saddler’s Rock, who looked promisingly last season when landing the Doncaster Cup.
In this race he beat Opinion Poll, who was Fame And Glory’s chief rival in what proved a fairly weak staying division last season.
With few big rivals seemingly joining the division, competition looks slim for Fame And Glory again and Saddler’s Risk may well emerge as the main challenger.
He is 6/1 to win the Ascot Gold Cup and this price may shorten if he runs Fame And Glory close at Leopardstown.