13:25 Ascot Sat 20 October 2018
- Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 209y,
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Turf
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Year's Winner
|12||Order Of St George||5||9-7||4/5||Full Result|
|T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore|
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)
- Flag Of Honour
- Sir Erec
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