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The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

12.00pm Ascot

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Hollie Doyle Trueshan
  • Distance 2m
  • Class 1
  • Group 2
  • Prize money £500,000

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 £500,000 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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Doyle makes history as Trueshan trounces rivals

The tenth QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot got off to a sensational start as Trueshan landed the Long Distance Cup.

It was a first QIPCO British Champions Day success for both trainer Alan King and jockey Hollie Doyle.

The four-year-old, an 11/1 chance, ravelled strongly throughout the two-mile contest and moved up smoothly to challenge for the lead a quarter of a mile from home. After swooping to take up the running entering the final furlong, the result was never in doubt with Trueshan lengthening impressively to score by seven and a half lengths from Search For A Song.

The 11/10 favourite Stradivarius was under pressure before the home turn and came home 12th of the 13 runners.

A delighted Doyle was becoming the first woman jockey to win a race on QIPCO British Champions Day and said: “That was incredible; he has given me some feel there, I travelled all over them. I had Stradivarius on my inside, he came off it probably three-and-a-half/four down.

“He doesn’t like being crowded, so I switched him at the three-pole and the further I went the better. This is a proper horse. I rode him on his first two wins and have always liked him, but I am not going to lie, I didn’t realise he would be up to Group 2 level like today.

“I have to pinch myself really, that was absolutely amazing. I rode Trueshan at Wolverhampton when he won and it was a bit of a surprise, and then he went and bolted up at Ffos Las. I haven’t been on him since as I haven’t been able to ride him, but I am really grateful to the owners and Alan for putting me back on him today. It was great.”

She added: “He was almost over-travelling with me, I had to stay out a bit wide for the first three furlongs and luckily I managed to slot in and get a nice position upsides Stradivarius. The further I was going, the better and he was tanking me – he went through the ground like a tractor, he loved it!

“The pace was reasonable but Trueshan was over-travelling, it felt like we were hacking round. Probably three and a half, four down, Stradivarius came off it, but he can do that sometimes, so I didn’t think too much of it. I switched my fellow around horses because they said he didn’t like getting too crowded in the Ebor. When I pushed the button, he responded. It is testing. It’s wet, heavy ground and it’s hard work.

“I am really happy people are seeing me as just a jockey and not a female jockey. Shout out to Alan King because he is some trainer.”

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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 £4m 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.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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