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Mick Fitzgerald previews the Long Distance Cup at Ascot

Sky Sports Racing’s Mick Fitzgerald Gives his verdict to the key players at Saturday’s Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup .

A race that was previously referred to as the Jockey Club Cup and was conducted in its current guise as the Long Distance Cup in 2011.
Fame And Glory was the very first winner when prospering under Jamie Spencer and trainer Aidan O’Brien acquired it for a second period when Order Of St George chose the trophy.
Irish coaches have mastered the racewith Dermot Weld also gaining two successes with Rite Of Passage (2012) and Forgotten Rules (2014) and contrasts between those successes Johnny Murtagh added his name to the roll of honour with Royal Diamond.
John Gosden is another to bag a brace with Flying Officer (2015) and Stradivarius (2018) and the champions board is performed by Sheikhzayedroad who had been successful for David Simcock (2016).
Surprisingly, no horse has won the race and Stradivarius, winner of the last 10 startsand his defeat, met when third, beaten a period, to Order.
Any horse that wins in the Royal meeting and comes here with good Ascot form needs to be admired and this horse seemed great when winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes from Palisade. Dee Ex Bee on operating in France holds him and that he does not hit you as anyone who desires the ground this tender. He was second at Salisbury on ground that is heavy but that has been off a marker of 90.
You battle a bit with Kew Gardens as I was there in Chester when he raced at the Ormonde Stakes and there was no doubt Morando who is a verified mud-lover comprehensively beaten him and he’d come on for the run. It is his fourth series now although I believe you need to place down that race to him not being match and he’s got no excuses here.
After a fantastic run when finishing second from the Coronation in Epsom it was disappointing also see him finish second in the Irish St Leger but afterward he had been giving 12lb into a rapidly improving filly in Hunt For a Song, who had been provided a dazzling trip by Chris Hayes.
Back on this ground Kew Gardens in the costs is that the horse which could take advantage of any openings.
You then see that race that he won on ground that is quite awful and you think well he is not without a chance, although he is not fine enough When you have a take a close look on its face. The 2 races have been around that and heavy ground of The horse could count for a whole good deal.
Sir Michael Stoute knows a thing or two about this game and the simple fact he is ready to pitch him in here has to be carried on board.
He had been second to Dee Ex Bee in Sandown earlier in the season but each time he has run on ground, he has been successful. Some of them deal better than many others and he falls into that category.
He’s clearly a stablemate of Stradivarius when winning on ground off a mark of 105, and that he looked good. He is horse that’s been retained in training because five-year-old and he’s won on heavy in Haydock if you have a look at his shape.
He has not been over-raced this season, which will just be his run, so that he comes more economical than many of these.
You may need to inquire whether he’d stay the excursion, however he travelled easily in the November Handicap he was never likely to get beat at any phases and he could well enjoy stepping around two miles.
He was unsatisfactory supporting Stradivarius but had formerly been a good winner in the Royal meeting and has been well-regarded by the Coolmore team. He failed to conquer at Constantinople in the King George V Handicap, but he’s a bit to find to produce an impression in this race. If he had been good enough You’d be amazed.
This horse is really a winning machine and incredibly he has won the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers bonus for a second year from Lonsdale Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and the Yorkshire Cup. He looks bombproof and it is only a matter of Gosden offering him the go ahead morning after walking the course Saturday.
Two years back, when this horse was a three-year-old was that the previous time that this horse had been beat along with the decision to change to the inner track on less analyzing going could well make life somewhat easier for Stradivarius, who obtained this last year on soft earth.
As far as skill goes along with its rest, he is just a winning system. He has won narrowly on a couple of occasions this season including when only winning a span in the Gold Cup and when just winning a neck in Goodwood, but did your think he was at risk of defeat?
He brings a few handicap form into the race. Having won the Northumberland Plate readily from Prince Of Arran he moved over to Australia although he was disappointing but has come back better than ever this season.
He won at Newbury on his reappearance and his blood would be up after beating on Presidential School six spans at a listed race at Newmarket last moment.
I think he is very interesting and he comes here a comparatively lightly-raced horse with three outings this season.
It is known as British Champions Day for a reason and you want to see winners crowned and it is quite safe to say that STRADIVARIUS is the stayers’ division’s winner. The race is going to be run on the inner track so he will win but if it had been run by them onto the outside track where it’d be testing it could have given a chance to the others. I think Withhold and Kew Gardens can make up for your places.

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