FORMER Gold Cup winner Order Of St George is set to try and avenge last year’s dramatic defeat to Big Orange.
The Aidan O’Brien trained stayer has been the one to beat in the division for the past few seasons but has a few younger horses snapping at his heels.
Four-year-old Stradivarius is many people’s idea of the winner and could well go off favourite come the race.
He won the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at the meeting last year and looked to have come on leaps and bounds with his successful return at York.
Vazirabad also opposes and is France’s star horse and comfortably won the Dubai Gold Cup over the winter.
Further down the betting Desert Skyline looks set to be David Elsworth’s big hope for the week and could be the each-way alternative.
Full field for the 2018 Gold Cup:
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