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13:45 Ascot

Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 3) (Class 1)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft (Round Course: Soft (Heavy in places))
  • Surface: Turf
  • £200,000 added
  • Winner: £113,420
  • 2nd: £43,000
  • 3rd: £21,520
  • 4th: £10,720
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 35.98s
  • Off Time: 13:46:41
  • 9 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
4/1

    3rd
    Silk -
    1(7)
    Silk - White, Emerald Green hoop

    Aiken

    35 C
    4/1
    • Form 1-11144
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 112

    held up disputing 5th, headway on outside over 2f out, disputing 2nd 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, headed and no extra final 50 yards

    2(6)
    Silk - Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves

    Askar Tau (FR)

    36 v DCD
    33/1
    • Form 654266
    • Age 7
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 110

    held up last, ridden 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on well to take 3rd well inside final furlong

    3(1)
    Silk - Royal blue
    6/1
    • Form 3-11373
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 116

    tracked leading pair until pushed along 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, behind and virtually pulled up final 2f, tailed off

    4(9)
    Silk - Orange, Black stars, halved sleeves
    33/1
    • Form 155742
    • Age 7
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 108

    tracked leading trio, went 3rd 5f out, edged right over 2f out, disputing 2nd briefly 2f out, chased leading pair until inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, went 4th post

    5(5)
    Silk - Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, pink and emerald green quartered cap

    Fame And Glory

    35 BFCCD
    11/2
    • Form 241-176
    • Age 6
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 116

    tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, lost 2nd final 100 yards, no extra in 4th well inside final furlong, dropped to 5th post

    6(8)
    Silk - Grey, black epaulets, armlets and cap

    Ile De Re (FR)

    112 DCD
    6/1
    • Form 407U-11
    • Age 6
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 105

    led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out

    7(4)
    Silk - Royal blue, white cap
    10/3
    • Form 22-2112
    • Age 6
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 116

    held up in last trio, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and no impression approaching final furlong, virtually pulled up inside final furlong, tailed off

    8(3)
    Silk - PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap
    8/1
    • Form 111/3-
    • Age 8
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 118

    held up in last pair, pushed along and headway on inside over 2f out, squeezed through narrow gap to 3rd inside final furlong, chased leader final 100 yards, stayed on gamely to lead final 50 yards

    9(2)
    Silk - Yellow, red chevrons, hooped cap
    10/1
    • Form 231954
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 115

    held up in 5th and 6th, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, never reached leaders and weakened inside final furlong

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    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.

    Formwatch

    Aiken 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, kept on under pressure and every chance well inside final furlong, no impression and lost 2 places close home, 4th of 9, 1/2l behind Royal Diamond (9-11) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) in Sep.

    Askar Tau (FR) 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Times Up (9-1) at Doncaster 2m 2f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.

    Colour Vision (FR) 7-2 (9-2) 3rd of 11, 3l behind Molly Malone (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs.

    Electrolyser (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Quest For Peace (9-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug.

    Fame And Glory 11-4fav (9-11) Led, ridden 2f out and headed 150 yards out, no extra, 6th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Royal Diamond (9-11) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 1 (1) in Sep.

    Ile De Re (FR) 5-2fav (9-3) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders on outer halfway, led over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, under pressure final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) hvy in Jun beating Crackentorp (9-0) by 1/2l, 16 ran.

    Opinion Poll (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led narrowly and bumped twice inside final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Colour Vision (9-0) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.

    Rite Of Passage 9-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, pushed along in closer 3rd under 4f out, challenged in 2nd over 1f out, dropped to 3rd and kept on without matching 1st 2 inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Fame And Glory (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May '11.

    Saddler's Rock (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Molly Malone (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs.