QIPCO British Champions
Long Distance Cup
|Group 2, Ascot 13:20
3yo plus, 1m 7f 209y,
|Saturday 17th October 2020
1 Trueshan 11/1
2 Search For A Song 7/1
3 Fujaira Prince 10/1
13 ran Distances: 7½l, ½l, nk
Time: 3m 35.75s (slow by 12.75s)
The 10th QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot got off to a sensational start as Trueshan (11/1) landed the G2 QIPCO British Champions Day Long Distance Cup. It was a first QIPCO British Champions Day success for both trainer Alan King and jockey Hollie Doyle
The four-year-old travelled strongly throughout the two-mile contest and moved up smoothly to challenge for the lead a quarter of a mile from home. After swooping to take up the running entering the final furlong, the result was never in doubt with Trueshan lengthening impressively to score by seven and a half lengths from Search For A Song
The 11/10 favourite Stradivarius
was under pressure before the home turn and came home 12th of the 13 runners.
A delighted Hollie Doyle, who becomes the first woman jockey to win a race on QIPCO British Champions Day, said: "That was incredible; he has given me some feel there, I travelled all over them. I had Stradivarius on my inside, he came off it probably three-and-a-half/four down.
"He doesn't like being crowded, so I switched him at the three pole and the further I went the better.
"This is a proper horse. I rode him on his first two wins and have always liked him, but I am not going to lie, I didn't realise he would be up to G2 level like today.
"I have to pinch myself really, that was absolutely amazing. I rode Trueshan at Wolverhampton when he won and it was a bit of a surprise, and then he went and bolted up at Ffos Las. I haven't been on him since as I haven't been able to ride him, but I am really grateful to the owners and Alan for putting me back on him today. It was great.
"He was almost over-travelling with me, I had to stay out a bit wide for the first three furlongs and luckily I managed to slot in and get a nice position upsides Stradivarius. The further I was going, the better and he was tanking me - he went through the ground like a tractor, he loved it!
"The pace was reasonable but Trueshan was over-travelling, it felt like we were hacking round. Probably three and a half, four down, Stradivarius came off it, but he can do that sometimes, so I didn't think too much of it. I switched my fellow around horses because they said he didn't like getting too crowded in the Ebor. When I pushed the button, he responded. It is testing. It's wet, heavy ground and it's hard work.
"I am really happy people are seeing me as just a jockey and not a female jockey. Shout out to Alan King because he is some trainer."
Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
£300,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 7f 209y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
1 (11) Trueshan 4 9-7 Alan King Hollie Doyle 11/1
2 (6) 7½ Search For A Song 4 9-4 D K Weld Oisin Murphy 7/1
3 (13) ½ Fujaira Prince 6 9-7 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 10/1
4 (7) nk Morando 7 9-7 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 20/1
5 (4) ½ Sovereign 4 9-7 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 14/1
6 (9) 1½ Dawn Patrol 3 8-13 A P O'Brien Pierre-Charles Boudot 10/1
7 (12) 5½ Spanish Mission 4 9-7 Andrew Balding William Buick 14/1
8 (8) 2¾ Mildenberger 5 9-7 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 125/1
9 (2) 1½ Monica Sheriff 4 9-4 William Haggas Tom Marquand 80/1
10 (5) 14 Max Vega 3 8-13 Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley 50/1
11 (3) 27 Dubious Affair 4 9-4 Charlie Fellowes James Doyle 150/1
12 (1) 1 Stradivarius 6 9-7 John Gosden Frankie Dettori 11/10F
13 (10) ½ Broome 134 4 9-7 A P O'Brien Colin Keane 12/1