Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 3) 2m

  • (3yo+, 2m, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720 5th £5,380 6th £2,700
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 26.50s
  • Off time: 13:50:16

Full Result

13:50 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (2) 3 Fame And Glory A P O'Brien 5 9-0 J P Spencer 3/1
SP 3/1 Tracked leader, led 12f out, made rest, ridden 2f out, idled and edged right througout final furlong, stayed on gamely opened 7/2 £2000-£500 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000 £1750-£500 £1400-£400
2nd (10) 5 Opinion Poll (IRE) M Al Zarooni 5 9-0 L Dettori 12/5f
SP 12/5f In touch, closed on leaders 5f out, wide into straight 3f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, held towards finish opened 5/2 touched 9/4 £5000-£2000(x2) £1250-£500 £900-£400
3rd (4) nse 9 Colour Vision (FR) M Johnston 3 8-3 S De Sousa 10/1
SP 10/1 In rear, headway on inside 2f out, switched left approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to snatch 3rd post opened 12/1
4th (8) s.h 4 Nehaam J H M Gosden 5 9-0 R Hills 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, lost 3rd post opened 14/1 touched 11/1
5th (1) 6 Times Up J L Dunlop 5 9-0 E Ahern 10/3
SP 10/3 Close up, chased winner over 3f out until over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 3/1 £1750-£500(x2) £8333-£2500 £3333-£1000 £1000-£300(x3) £6000-£2000
6th (6) 10 Eternal Heart (IRE) M Johnston 3 8-3 J Fanning 50/1
SP 50/1 Led 1f, tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, kept on one pace final 2f
7th (9) 8 Polly's Mark (IRE) C G Cox 5 8-11 G Mosse 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up, never on terms with leaders opened 40/1 touched 25/1
8th (5) s.h 2 Darley Sun (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor 5 9-0 William Buick 28/1
SP 28/1 Dwelt always in rear opened 25/1
9th (7) 8 7 Motrice Sir Mark Prescott 4 8-11 S Sanders 12/1
SP 12/1 Close up, effort over 3f out, weakened over 1f out £5000-£350
10th (3) 22 1 Chiberta King A M Balding 5 9-0 p J Fortune 33/1
SP 33/1 Led after 1f, headed 12f out, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out opened 28/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.30 Tote Place £1.70 £1.20 £2.20 Straight Forecast £9.93 Exacta £8.10 Trifecta £90.40 Swingers 1&2 £2.00, 2&3 £4.40, 1&3 £5.20

Jackpot £36,959.70, Pool: £442475.7, 8.5 winning tickets
Placepot £156.60, Pool: £253611.75, 1181.66 winning tickets
Quadpot £48.30, Pool: £12760.96, 195.36 winning tickets

Analysis

A return to form from FAME AND GLORY following two lacklustre runs. The Ascot Gold Cup winner was always in the right place under Jamie Spencer and his tactical nous and use of his colt's tactical speed proved decisive as he was closed right down to the line by the consistent Opinion Poll. Settled in second initially, Spencer took up the running in the back straight and quickened in the straight, opening up an advantage that proved critical. The quicker ground may well have helped the winner recapture his best form and he was the class act in the race and entitled to win as he did. His previous two outings raise some doubts about his desire and consistency but there's no doubt that he has the class to dominate this division when at the top of his game whilst he retains sufficient speed to drop down in distance should connections desire. Opinion Poll ran another fine race and is the very model of consistency but had to play second fiddle to the winner as he had at the Royal meeting. He was forced to challenge a little wide turning into the straight but was never quite getting there. Colour Vision was making a quick reappearance following a fine run in the Cesarewitch and it would be no surprise if this typically tough Mark Johnston gelding were wearing the same colours as the runner-up next season. This was a career best performance and he should be a factor in Cup races next season if he can maintain or reproduce this level of form. Nehaam was second in this race in 2009 at Newmarket but missed the whole of 2010; this was arguably his best performance since and bodes well for his future next season. He reversed last month's form with Times Up who had been widely tipped following that impressive success in Listed company at Newmarket. John Dunlop's charge was perfectly placed throughout and wasn't good enough on the day; he has shown his best form at both Newmarket tracks and at York where there's a long straight. He has progressed well this season and wouldn't need to make too much more progress over the winter to be a factor in the Cup races. Motrice proved disappointing but she was a shade free behind the steady early fractions; she's a Listed winner and Group Two placed and it would be no surprise if she were retired to the paddocks.