13:25 Ascot

Saturday 16 October 2021

All13:2514:0014:3515:1015:5016:30

    Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 7f 209y  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:25  |   Winning time: 3m 30.68s
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(2)
Horse silk
Baron Samedip1,t34
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7| J: D McMonagle| T: J P O'Brien| OR:  112| D
9/1
Completed a remarkable seven-timer in the Belmont Gold Cup in June. Had his winning run ended in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but shaped well when third in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Considered.
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2
(3)
Horse silk
Berkshire Roccop136
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7| J: Jason Watson| T: A M Balding| OR:  110| BF| C
25/1
Bagged listed event here in 2020 and runner-up on both starts seven months apart this year. Entitled to strip fitter for his Salisbury return last month and well worth a try at 2m. No forlorn hope.
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3
(1)
Horse silk
Hamish42
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-7| J: Tom Marquand| T: W J Haggas| OR:  111
11/2
Defied 15-month absence to win September Stakes at Kempton from one who has bolted up since. Aimed at this race since and promises to relish the step up to 2m. Player with ground conditions to suit.
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4
(12)
Horse silk
Master Of Reality34
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7| J: James Doyle| T: J P O'Brien| OR:  110
80/1
Won listed race at Downpatrick for the second year running in July but followed that with a below-par effort in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Highly capable but not one to place maximum faith in.
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6
(11)
Horse silk
Nicholas Th7
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-7| J: P Mulrennan| T: J S Goldie| OR:  97| D
200/1
Northumberland Plate winner at Newcastle in June. Has been a bit in-and-out since and disappointed in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last week. This is a very tall ask.
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7
(4)
Horse silk
Roberto Escobarrp1,t123
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7| J: W Buick| T: W J Haggas| OR:  108
33/1
Secured a listed race at York in June and has run respectably since. Unable to reel in Nayef Road at Newmarket last time, but he remains unexposed at 2m and appeals as a lively outsider.
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8
(10)
Horse silk
Stradivarius14
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-7| J: L Dettori| T: J & T Gosden| OR:  119| BF| CD
7/2
Has ruled the roost in the staying division for the past 5 seasons, but age is perhaps catching up with him as he had no excuses behind Trueshan in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp. Still much respected.
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9
(9)
Horse silk
Trueshan14
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-7| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A King| OR:  120| CD
1/1
Sparingly raced in 2021 but proved he is best stayer around when getting his conditions in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, much too strong for Stradivarius. Last year's winner is again the one to beat.
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11
(8)
Horse silk
Tashkhan14
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: Ben Robinson| T: B Ellison| OR:  106
50/1
Ex-Irish gelding who is much improved for current yard, bagging three handicaps this term before good fifth in Group 2 Prix Chaudenay at Longchamp (15f). This is a big step up in class, though.
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12
(5)
Horse silk
The Mediterraneanp20
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  113| BF
12/1
Smart colt who posted his best effort when third in St Leger at Doncaster. Only fair second in Loughbrown Stakes (evens) at the Curragh since and will need to pull out more if he's to reach a place.
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Non-Runners

5
(6)
Horse silk
Morando23
Weight: 9-7|  Age: 8
T: A M Balding  J: Non Runner
NR
10
(7)
Horse silk
Princess Zoe14
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 6
T: A Mullins  J: J M Sheridan
NR

Forecasts

Trueshan (1/1), Stradivarius (7/2), Hamish (11/2), Baron Samedi (9/1), Princess Zoe (10/1), The Mediterranean (12/1), Berkshire Rocco (25/1), Roberto Escobarr (33/1), Tashkhan (50/1), Morando (50/1), Master Of Reality (80/1), Nicholas T (200/1)

Verdict

TRUESHAN took this impressively 12 months ago and Alan King's 5-y-o appeals as very much the one to beat again on the back of his taking victory over Stradivarius in Longchamp's Prix du Cadran. John Gosden's legendary stayer is still much respected but William Haggas's lightly-raced Hamish is feared most on this occasion now he gets his first chance over 2m with ground conditions to suit too.

  1. TRUESHAN (FR)
  2. HAMISH
  3. STRADIVARIUS (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Trueshan
Weight: 9-7  |Age: 4
11/1

Prize Money

1st: £283,550.002nd: £107,500.003rd: £53,800.004th: £26,800.005th: £13,450.006th: £6,750.00

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