No trainer has won the Ascot Gold Cup more than Aidan O'Brien, whose win in 2022 with Kyprios took his tally to eight, and he could have Broome in his team for this year's showpiece.
Reigning champion Kyprios is set to miss the defence of his crown, leaving the Ballydoyle supremo to make plans without him.
Broome, winner of the Dubai Gold Cup in March, could feature prominently.
|What||Ascot Gold Cup|
|Where||Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse|
|When||4.20, Thursday 22nd June, 2023|
|How to watch||bet365 live Sports Streaming, ITV & Sky Sports Racing|
|Odds||Coltrane 7/2, Eldar Eldarov 4/1, Emily Dickinson 5/1, Broome 7/1, Echoes In Rain 8/1, Point Lonsdale 9/1|
He's now a seven-year-old and this son of Australia has become part of the furniture at Ballydoyle.
He debuted all the way back in July 2018 in a Killarney maiden that was won by stablemate Anthony Van Dyck.
Broome opened his own account at the second time of asking in a Galway maiden and would end his juvenile season with a neck-second behind Royal Marine in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc weekend.
Back-to-back wins at Leopardstown over a mile-and-a-quarter in the spring of 2019 set him up for a crack at The Derby, but Anthony Van Dyck was the answer once more in that Epsom puzzle.
After a disappointing Irish Derby run, Broome was put away for the season by late June. He reappeared in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket in June 2020 and was well beaten as Ghaiyyath scored, while his only other outing that year saw him tailed off in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day.
Upon his reappearance in the spring of 2021, Broome won the Listed Devoy Stakes at Naas and then added successive Curragh wins in the Alleged Stakes and Mooresbridge Stakes – all three at a mile-and-a-quarter.
In a busy spell, he'd take home a silver medal from the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as Wonderful Tonight won, then notch a Group 1 in France via the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
He was a jet-setter throughout that season, with two more visits to France, a second in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar behind Yibir and a Japan Cup appearance in November.
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Having missed out a year before, Broome went one better in the 2022 Hardwicke Stakes in the hands of Ryan Moore.
Odds-on favourite Hurricane Lane was only good for third as Broome cleared away, with Mostahdaf in second spot.
A succession of top-level engagements followed that Group 2 romp but despite running with credit in the likes of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, another Breeders' Cup Turf and Hong Kong Vase – he couldn't add to his tally.
The passport was out once more for a trip to Doha in February this year where he finished fifth before going to Meydan to narrowly fend off Siskany in the Dubai World Cup.
Though Broome would see Giavellotto turn the tables from Meydan when they clashed in the Yorkshire Cup in May at the Dante Festival, the Knavesmire run wasn't any kind of disaster when dropped back to one-mile-and-six-furlongs.
Moore was hard at work early in the home straight at York and while Giavellotto surged strongly to beat the Roger Varian-trained St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov, he did so while causing plenty of interference to both Broome (third) and Quickthorn (fourth) on his inside.
After that York run, Broome is now a veteran of 33 career starts. He is yet to race beyond two-miles but could get that opportunity in the Ascot Gold Cup this summer, a race he's 7/1 to win.
There is also the possibility of bidding for another Hardwicke Stakes win two days later at the Royal Meeting. Whatever course is chosen, this tough and durable performer is likely to give it everything.
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