• 13:45 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup 2m

  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720
  • Going: Soft (Round Course: Soft (Heavy in places))
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 35.98s
  • Off time: 13:46:41
13:45 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rite Of Passage 8/1
2nd Aiken 4/1
3rd Askar Tau (FR) 33/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 1-11144 White, Emerald Green hoop Aiken 35
Course Winner
4 9-7 J H M Gosden W Buick 112 4/15.00
2 (6) 654266 Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves Askar Tau (FR) 36
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-7 v M P Tregoning G Baker 110 33/134.00
3 (1) 3-11373 Royal blue Colour Vision (FR) 13
Course WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-7 p1 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 116 6/17.00
4 (9) 155742 Orange, Black stars, halved sleeves Electrolyser (IRE) 56
Course and Distance Winner
7 9-7 C G Cox A Kirby 108 33/134.00
5 (5) 241-176 Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, pink and emerald green quartered cap Fame And Glory 35
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-7 A P O'Brien J P Spencer 116 11/26.50
6 (8) 407U-11 Grey, black epaulets, armlets and cap Ile De Re (FR) 112
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-7 D McCain Jnr Jim Crowley 105 6/17.00
7 (4) 22-2112 Royal blue, white cap Opinion Poll (IRE) 121
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-7 M Al Zarooni M Barzalona 116 10/34.33
8 (3) 111/3- PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Rite Of Passage 510
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 9-7 D K Weld P J Smullen 118 8/19.00
9 (2) 231954 Yellow, red chevrons, hooped cap Saddler's Rock (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
4 9-7 t J M Oxx Johnny Murtagh 115 10/111.00


Fame And Glory beat Opinion Poll in last year's inaugural running but the younger stayers look to have caught up with them this season. Last year's third, Colour Vision, has already taken his revenge with victory in the Ascot Gold Cup in June and he also finished a length ahead of Goodwood Cup winner Saddler's Rock when third in heavy ground at Longchamp last time. The latter pair look sure to be in contention again but today's conditions could prove ideal for AIKEN. He was a close-up fourth in a blanket finish of the Irish St Leger last month and the last time he raced in genuinely soft ground, John Gosden's colt won a Listed event over 1m4f at this track by 10 lengths. With the 2m trip expected to suit, he gets the nod. Askar Tau, Ile De Re and Electrolyser look likely to come up short in this company but 2010 Ascot Gold Cup hero Rite Of Passage is not easily dismissed despite returning from a lengthy absence.