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The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup

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Hollie Doyle Trueshan
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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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Trueshan lasts the distance to claim second Champions Day win

A fantastic battle up the Ascot straight saw Trueshan land the spoils over his old rival Stradivarius in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.

A well-fancied favourite, Trueshan showed all his usual zest in the opening stages, tanking through proceedings before Hollie Doyle chose to make their challenge around the home turn.

Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius, however, had to overcome trouble in running getting bumped about as they attempted to circle the field on the back straight.

Despite the slightly rough passage, Stradivarius was able to mount a serious challenge in the final quarter of a mile, with 50/1 outsider Tashkan also pitching in between the market principals.

But Hollie Doyle and Trueshan showed their class to repel the pair, winning eventually by a length and a half.

Winning rider Hollie Doyle said: “It’s an amazing feeling and all credit to Alan and the owners for putting me back on. The pressure was really on today to deliver given the great ride James gave him in France, so I’m glad it went well. It was a bit of a nightmare really.

He jumped nicely, I got a nice position early on and he switched off – but at halfway he came to life, put the brakes on and raced rather keenly, but that’s just the way he is

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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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