QIPCO British Champions
Long Distance Cup
Group 2, Ascot 13:25
£500,000 added,
3yo plus, 1m 7f 209y,
Class 1   
Saturday 19th October 2019

The popular five-year-old chestnut has repeated last year’s victories in the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup and the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. His third win in the Qatar Goodwood Cup might have only come by a neck from Dee Ex Bee but he remains on target to scoop the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million once more this year.

Trainer John Gosden said, “Stradivarius has been in good form since Goodwood. The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup is coming so we’ll freshen him up and then we’ll look at the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup again - I’m all pro for running on QIPCO British Champions Day.

“Stradivarius does look after himself and that’s one of the reasons he’s been able to hold this level of form. He does what he has to do and no more.

“He’s not an old boy, he’s only five. I was always told a Flat racehorse is at its peak – its zenith – at five.”

The signs are that Stradivarius could stay in training next year as well but Gosden joked, “That’s an owner’s decision not a trainer’s decision. We’d never let anything go if it was down to us, we’d be running them forever!”

Trainers Quotes

Dee Ex Bee has had to settle for a supporting role behind Stradivarius in both the Gold Cup and the Qatar Goodwood Cup. A third clash could be on the cards for trainer Mark Johnston.

He said: “We were disappointed to come second with Dee Ex Bee in the Goodwood Cup but you can’t be disappointed with the horse. He’s doing everything bar winning. The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup is one of a few options.”

Johnston also has Goodwood winners King’s Advice and Nayef Road in the list of entries. King’s Advice made it eight wins for the season – more than any other horse in Britain this year – when holding off fellow QIPCO Long Distance Cup entry Outbox in the Qatar Summer Handicap last week.

Aidan O’Brien dominates the longest race on QIPCO British Champions Day with 18 of the 48 entries. Three-year-olds BarbadosBroomeConstantinopleNorway and Sovereign might all step up in distance to take in the Group 2 prize. They could be joined by smart older horses like the 2017 & 2018 William Hill St Leger winners Kew Gardens and Capri, as well as regular contender Southern France.

With so many entries coming from Coolmore horses it’s no surprise supersire Galileo is either the sire or grandsire of 28 of the 49 entries. Frankel is responsible for six of the potential runners.

Top handicap stayer Withhold, trained by Roger Charlton, is also on the list of potential runners, as is 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter.

Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 7f 209y, Class 1
48 entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 033-20 Ben Vrackie 4 9-7 John Gosden
2 11118- Best Solution 5 9-7 Saeed bin Suroor
3 12/133 Bin Battuta 5 9-7 Saeed bin Suroor
4 40-536 Capri 5 9-7 A P O'Brien
5 3-3613 Cleonte 6 9-7 Andrew Balding
6 21-143 Cross Counter 4 9-7 Charlie Appleby
7 16-590 Cypress Creek 4 9-7 A P O'Brien
8 3-1122 Dee Ex Bee 4 9-7 Mark Johnston
9 113-21 Falcon Eight 4 9-7 D K Weld
10 344465 Hunting Horn 4 9-7 A P O'Brien
11 -21124 Ispolini 4 9-7 Charlie Appleby
12 317-22 Kew Gardens 4 9-7 A P O'Brien
13 111611 King's Advice 5 9-7 Mark Johnston
14 50-143 Master Of Reality 4 9-7 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
15 268-31 Max Dynamite 9 9-7 W P Mullins
16 12-272 Mekong 4 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute
17 11-262 Outbox 4 9-7 Simon Crisford
18 444-23 Raheen House 5 9-7 William Haggas
19 228718 Red Galileo 8 9-7 Saeed bin Suroor
20 0-1561 Red Verdon 6 9-7 Ed Dunlop
21 /311-4 Royal Line 5 9-7 John Gosden
22 9-1374 Salouen 5 9-7 Sylvester Kirk
23 -32644 Southern France 4 9-7 A P O'Brien
24 11-111 Stradivarius 5 9-7 John Gosden
25 1000-0 Stratum 6 9-7 W P Mullins
26 512-20 Thomas Hobson 9 9-7 W P Mullins
27 3-2411 Twilight Payment 6 9-7 J S Bolger
28 614-18 Wells Farhh Go 4 9-7 Tim Easterby
29 1/18-1 Withhold 6 9-7 Roger Charlton
30 1-8127 Dramatic Queen 4 9-4 William Haggas
31 8-3435 Pilaster 4 9-4 Roger Varian
32 241224 Barbados 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
33 2-1146 Broome 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
34 1-2122 Constantinople 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
35 -23145 Dashing Willoughby 3 8-13 Andrew Balding
36 -13323 Eminence 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
37 135 Eminent Authority 3 8-13 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
38 22-171 Il Paradiso 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
39 6212- Mount Everest 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
40 165321 Nayef Road 3 8-13 Mark Johnston
41 -28937 Norway 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
42 -B1216 South Pacific 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
43 3-2301 Sovereign 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
44 -12516 Technician 3 8-13 Martyn Meade
45 251078 Western Australia 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
46 71-635 Delphinia 3 8-10 A P O'Brien
47 020166 Peach Tree 3 8-10 A P O'Brien
48 631413 South Sea Pearl 3 8-10 A P O'Brien