06/19/2012 11:52AM

Royal Ascot: Fame and Glory eyes Gold Cup repeat

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The Group 1 Gold Cup, a 2 1/2-mile race, headlines Thursday’s action at Royal Ascot, with Fame and Glory widely expected to win for the second year in a row.

Fame and Glory, a 14-time winner trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the 2011 Gold Cup by three lengths over return rival Opinion Poll and had a useful prep race winning a listed stakes May 20 at Navan.

The Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes matches Shirocco Star, The Fugue, and Twirl, respectively the two-three-four finishers from the Group 1 Epsom Oaks.