13:25 Ascot Sat 20 October 2018

Scheduled
  • Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) (Class 1)
  • 1m 7f 209y,
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£300,563.002nd£113,950.003rd£57,028.004th£28,408.005th£14,257.006th£7,155.00
  • Surface: Turf
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1
(2)
49-7OR: 110

Won the Doncaster Cup (Group 2) last season but yet to win this time around and has finished in behind Stradivarius on four occasions already this year. Handles cut in the ground but looks vulnerable, particularly from a win perspective.

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3
(1)
49-7OR: 120CD

Undefeated this year, winning the £1m stayers' bonus in the and winning four times including two Group 1 races. Kept away from soft ground generally but excellent third in this last year on soft and that was a stronger renewal. Hard to beat.

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4
(4)
89-7OR: 110BFCD

Won here over 2m4f at the Royal Meeting last year. Narrowly got the better of a stablemate when winning the Doncaster Cup last time out but that was an inferior renewal and he looks up against it in this class.

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5
(5)
38-13OR: 107D

Put up a career best effort when winning a Group 3 last time out at Naas. Still has plenty to find on official figures here though and seemingly the third-string on jockey bookings.

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6
(3)
38-13OR: 116

Has won four of his last five including the Irish St Leger last time. Up in trip here and may get an easy time of it from the front once again but this is a far stronger race despite it's Group 2 status; he will need to improve to beat Stradivarius.

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(6)
38-13OR: 105

Has only had four career starts, winning his maiden at the Curragh before going on to win a Listed race at Limerick last week. That was a dominant performance and more improvement likely up in trip but this is a huge step up in class.

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Non-Runners

2
(7)
Mount Moriah121
49-7OR: 109
T: R M BeckettJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
12Order Of St George59-74/5Full Result
T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore

Betting

Forecast

Stradivarius (10/11), Flag Of Honour (9/4), Sir Erec (8/1), Thomas Hobson (9/1), Desert Skyline (33/1), Cypress Creek (40/1), Mount Moriah (SP)

Verdict

STRADIVARIUS has progressed since his third in this race last year and he's expected to maintain his unbeaten record for the season and get the better of Flag Of Honour who ran well when able to dominate in the Irish St Leger last time. Stablemate of the latter Sir Eric is an interesting contender on just his fifth start but would need to improve markedly to trouble either of the aforementioned runners.
  1. Stradivarius
  2. Flag Of Honour
  3. Sir Erec
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