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Rite Of Passage beats Age Of Aquarius to win the Ascot Gold Cup 17.06.2010

Rite Of Passage set a track record winning the 2010 Ascot Gold Cup

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Rite Of Passage set for another Gold Cup bid

RITE OF PASSAGE is on track for another crack at the Gold Cup after working post-racing on Monday at the Curragh.

The nine-year-old, a winner of eight of the 12 races he contested throughout a career that has never been straightforward, pleased trainer Dermot Weld and is due to return at Leopardstown on June 7.

"I was very happy with Rite Of Passage, who worked after racing. He is on track for the Gold Cup, having set a track record in the race when he won it in 2010.

"He will go for the Saval Beg at Leopardstown before going to Ascot. As I said last year, the two races are too close together, but there aren't any other options for him really."

Rite Of Passage has run just once since the 2011 Saval Beg, winning the Group 3 Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October. He is a general 7-1 chance for Gold Cup glory on June 20. 

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