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The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

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History

With two demanding miles (3,200 metres) of Ascot’s famous turf to negotiate, the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup provides a thorough test of stamina for flat racing’s top stayers as they contest the final major long distance race of the British season.

The seven races in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance category vary in distance from the extended 1¾ miles (2,920 metres) of Doncaster’s Ladbrokes St Leger to the 2½ miles (4,000 metres) of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. The two-mile trip of the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup provides the perfect distance for the category finale.

With £300,000 in prize money, it is the third most valuable all-aged long distance race in the British calendar after the Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen‘s affair with Champions Day saw them take a second victory in the 2014 race with the classy Forgotten Rules, but it was Frankie Dettori that provided the jubilant crowds with a flying dismount in 2015, as he steered Flying Officer to success – a first Champions Day victory for Dettori and John Gosden.

Order Of St George disappointed in the 2016 renewal but made amends 12 months later. In 2018 the dominant Stradivarius capped a perfect season with victory under Frankie Dettori.

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Trueshan Dominates In The Long Distance Cup

Trueshan and Hollie Doyle combined for a very memorable Long Distance Cup victory in the opener on QIPCO British Champions Day.

Champion Stayer Stradivarius headed a very competitive field of 13 top class stayers looking for Champions Day glory.

In a very well-run race though it was Trueshan and the in-form Hollie Doyle who were out in a league of their own. Travelling prominently throughout Alan King’s stayer always looked to have every chance. Nestled alongside Dettori and Stradivarius, just one off the rail as they turned for home. As the pace started to quicken, Hollie searched for another gear and she found plenty. Trueshan picked up beautifully and came away from his rivals to come home well in front.

In truth, it never looked like Stradivarius’ race. Sat in the middle of the pack as they turned for home, Dettori urged his companion along but after a busy season it was not to be for the magnificent duo.

However, that will not take away from the wonderful story of Trueshan. A magnificent victory for trainer Alan King and another feather in the cap of record-breaking Hollie Doyle who continues to go from strength to strength.

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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Berkshire
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