British Champions Long Distance Cup Tips 2020

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When is The British Champions Long Distance Cup 2020?

The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup is the opening race of British Champions Day.  

The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup takes place on Saturday 17th October 2020 with the race starting at 1.20pm at Ascot Racecourse

British Champions Long Distance Cup is a Group 2 race run over 2 miles and is open to horses aged 3 years and older.  The race was formally known as the Jockey Club Cup and prior to 2011, it was run at Newmarket.  It now forms part of the British Champion Day, where it is the long distance final for the British Champion Series.

This year's prize money is £300,000

Further Flight is the most successful horse of all time, having won this race (in it's previous incarnation) a whopping 5 times in 1991-1995.  The leading Jockey is Sir Gordon Richards winning 7 times.  The leading trainer was that of Further Flight, who also went on to win with Rainbow High (1999) and Tastahill (2010) for 7 wins.

The fastest time for the race (since 2011) is Fame and Glory, ridden by Jamie Spender and trained by Aiden O'Brien, who in 2011 completed the race in 3:26:50.


British Champions Long Distance Cup Previous Winners

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORStallDays
Ascot1m7½fGood To Soft947/29-7118334d
Ascot2mGood To Soft1356/19-7109223d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft86100/309-0111220d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood839/48-4107616d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood945/29-0108512d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft832/18-401111d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft766/59-0109520d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft10820/19-0104337d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mSoft1177/29-51191037d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Firm6105/29-5117137d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood899/29-0111737d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft739/18-4109360d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Soft977/19-5115737d
Newmarket (July)2mSoft3411/49-0110323d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood747/29-5111698d
Newmarket (Rowley)2mGood To Firm7510/19-50716d



British Champions Long Distance Cup Stats and Trends

The British Champions Long Distance Cup Statistics and Trends since in 2011.

  • Age – All of the last 9 winners have been aged between 4 and 8, with 6 of them being either 4 or 5.
  • Sex – A poor race for fillies and mares the 9 winners comprise 5 geldings, 2 colts and two horses.
  • Country – 5 of the last 9 winners were bred in Ireland, 3 in Great Britain and 1 in the USA.
  • Colour – 7 of the last 9 winners were bay (b), the other 2 were chestnut.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 9 winners returned a SP under 8/1, the other 2 were 11/1 and 20/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 9 winners came from the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 7 of the last 9 winners wore no headgear. The remaining 2 wore hoods.
  • Draw – 7 of the 9 winners were drawn between stalls 1 and 4.
  • Days Since Last Run – 7 of the last 9 winners had run between 23 and 57 days ago.
  • Last Run Form – 5 of the last 9 winners had won on their previous start and all 9 had finished in the first 5 last time.
  • Official Rating – All of the last 9 winners had an official rating of between 109 and 122.

British Champions Long Distance Cup Results

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)

1 Kew Gardens 7/2
2 Stradivarius 8/13F
3 Royal Line 12/1
9 ran NR: South Pacific Distances: nse, 5l, 1¼l
Time: 3m 29.49s (slow by 10.99s)

British Champions Long Distance Cup Tips

This year's British Champions Long Distance Cup is a tricky affair with no horse ticking every box.

The Favourite STRADIVARIOUS is well drawn in stall 1 but that 7th place in the Arc is against him as is his age to a certain extent.

The next in the betting market SEARCH FOR A SONG is out of the favoured draw of stalls 1 to 4 and being a filly that is against her too.

One that may go well at a price is SOVEREIGN who was beaten favourite, 6th behind Search For A Song in the Irish Leger but has form on this softer going, a decent draw and could bounce back.

How Did We Do?

Keith's message to VIP Members on raceday was:

SOVEREIGN 13:20 Ascot 11/1 each way – I would absolutely love STRADIVARIUS to win this but I feel he is vulnerable, he comes here off the back of two hard races over an inadequate distance and his record in this race reads third, won, second. My feeling is that the value lies with SOVEREIGN, last years Irish Derby winner who ran well behind Enable in the King George prior to a poor effort in the Irish St Leger. He is well drawn and will have no problem with the soft going.

SOVEREIGN tracked the leaders and briefly went second when ridden over 2f out, he stayed but had no extra inside final 110yds finishing fifth just over a length behind  the second horse home. Nothinh got close to the winner TRUSHAN who was a further 7½ lengths in front after scooting clear under Hollie Doyle.

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British Champions Day Race Cards


1:20The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup3+Group 2£300,0001m 7f 209y
1:55The QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes3+Group 1£350,0006f
2:30The QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes3+Group 1£350,0001m 3f 211y1m
3.05The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (British Champions Mile)3+Group 1£650,0001m
3:40The QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance)3+Group 1£750,0001m 1f 212y
4:15The Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored by QIPCO)3+Class 2£100,0001m

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