If there’s rain about before Ascot I’d be interested in Princess Zoe if she takes up her engagement in this race. Rapidly progressive mare last season and won a Longchamp slog in the mud in the autumn, and by no means disgraced in the Prix Du Cadran.
Two runs this season, no impression over 1m 4f first time then would have been closer at Gowran Park over 1m 6f but for trouble in running. Gives the impression of one being wound up for something bigger.
If Serpentine runs he will be the first Derby winner to take part in the Gold Cup since Blakeney in 1970.
And if he wins, he would be the first horse to win the Derby at Epsom and the Gold Cup at Ascot since Persimmon (owned by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII) in 1897!
I remember seeing Persimmon’s stuffed head in the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket. Racing was very different in his day. After he won the Gold Cup, his next (and final) start was in the Eclipse!