Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 3) 2m
- (3yo+, 2m, Class 1, 12 runners)
- Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720 5th £5,380 6th £2,700
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 38.09s
- Off time: 13:45:09
|1st||7 Royal Diamond||20/1|
|2nd||5 Harris Tweed||nse||8/1|
|3rd||12 Eye of The Storm||¾||13/2|
Ahzeemah (IRE) 34
|4||133 9-7 p||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||113||15/2|
|5||133 9-7 p1||J H M Gosden||R Hughes||107||12/1|
|4||133 9-7 p1||D R Lanigan||T E Durcan||109||16/1|
|6||133 9-7||J H M Gosden||William Buick||110||14/1|
Harris Tweed 56
|6||133 9-7 p||W J Haggas||G Baker||115||8/1|
High Jinx (IRE) 13
|5||133 9-7 t||J R Fanshawe||James Doyle||110||16/1|
Royal Diamond (IRE) 34
|7||133 9-7||J P Murtagh||J P Murtagh||112||20/1|
Saddler's Rock (IRE) 34
|5||133 9-7||J M Oxx||D P McDonogh||112||25/1|
Times Up 13
|7||133 9-7||E A L Dunlop||C Soumillon||112||20/1|
Estimate (IRE) 121
|4||130 9-4||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||114||2/1f|
Pale Mimosa (IRE) 34
|4||130 9-4||D K Weld||P J Smullen||109||14/1|
Eye of The Storm (IRE) 20
|3||123 8-11||A P O'Brien||W J Lee||112||13/2|
Rite Of Passage
||8||9-7||D K Weld||P J Smullen||8/1|
ESTIMATE has plenty going for her in the opener. Sir Michael Stoute's progressive filly won the Sagaro Stakes over track and trip before landing the Gold Cup here in June, goes well fresh and handles soft ground. Saddler's Rock has something to find with the likely favourite but finished ahead of Royal Diamond and Pale Mimosa in the Irish St Leger when just behind runner-up Ahzeemah. The Godolphin runner has decent claims on his Lonsdale Cup victory at York where he beat Caucus while the latter's stablemate and last year's runner-up, Aiken, can figure if back to his best. Times Up beat High Jinx and Biographer to land the Doncaster Cup and also makes more appeal than the in-form Harris Tweed over today's distance and the three-year-old Eye of The Storm may well be capable of further progress having won a Listed event over 2m at the Curragh last month.
Royal Diamond (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 3f out, under pressure in 4th 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 11l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-8) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Harris Tweed 2-1fav (9-7) Made all, clear over 1f out, strongly pressed close home, held on gamely, all out, won at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Aug beating Mount Athos (9-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Eye of The Storm (IRE) 8-13fav (9-0) Chased leaders in 6th, closer in 5th on outer 3f out, ridden in close 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Curragh 2m Listed stks (1) gf in Sep beating Missunited (9-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Pale Mimosa (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no extra over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 17l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-8) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Saddler's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, lost place 5f out, pushed along in 7th 4f out, ridden in 6th 2f out, stayed on in 4th 1f out, kept on in 3rd inside final furlong and just held for 2nd, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-8) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Biographer 5-2 (9-3) Held up in 5th, headway to 4th 6f out, ridden and went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, soon dropped to 4th, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Times Up (9-3) at Doncaster 2m 2f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Estimate (IRE) 7-2fav (8-11) Never far away in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely and always holding on, won at Royal Ascot 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Simenon (9-2) by nk, 14 ran.
Times Up 4-1fav (9-2) 3rd of 10, 9l behind Altano (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft.
Ahzeemah (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Led early, headed after 1f and chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 5f out, pushed along in close 5th 3f out, 3rd 2f out, kept on to 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner, all out for 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-8) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
High Jinx (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) 5th of 10, 11l behind Altano (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft.
Caucus 15-8fav (9-6) Close up, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 2m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep beating Statutory (8-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Aiken 3-1fav (8-13) 11th of 14, 12l behind Domeside (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.