To begin with, it’s a race that often throws up dual winners. Indeed, in the last 50 years, no fewer than 10 horses have won the race more than once; with Sagaro clocking up three wins (1975-77) and Yeats four wins (2006-09). So there’s nothing here to suggest that Fame And Glory won’t notch up another win today.
And there’s more than the usual stats pointers to Fame And Glory’s chances. Over the past 25 years one horse above all has had more influence on the Gold Cup than any other. Step forward Sadler’s Wells. He was the direct sire of two of those multiple winners, Kayf Tara (1998 and 2000) and Yeats. He was the great granddaddy of the 2004 winner, Papineau. And he’s the grandfather of Fame And Glory.
It’s all sewn up then isn’t it? Well, not quite, because Sadler’s Wells features in the breeding of three of Fame and Glory’s rivals in today’s line up. Like Fame And Glory, Askar Tau was sired by Montjeu.
Sadler’s Wells retired from stud duties in 2008, so four-year-old Saddler’s Rock is one of his last crop of racehorses.
As far as Caucus goes, the Sadler’s Wells influence is on the dam side, as he fathered the mum of Caucus, Maid To Perfection.
With Sadler’s Wells playing a part in the breeding of four of today’s field of nine runners, it looks likely that he’ll have a hand in the winner once again.