British Champions Long Distance Cup runner-by-runner guide to Ascot 1.25

Trueshan to get the better of Stradivarius once again?

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Baron Samedi

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: D. B. McMonagle Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Completed a remarkable seven-timer in the Belmont Gold Cup in June. Had his winning run ended in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but shaped well when third in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Considered.

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Berkshire Rocco

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Jason Watson Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Bagged listed event here in 2020 and runner-up on both starts seven months apart this year. Entitled to strip fitter for his Salisbury return last month and well worth a try at 2m. No forlorn hope.

Hamish

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Defied 15-month absence to win September Stakes at Kempton from one who has bolted up since. Aimed at this race since and promises to relish the step up to 2m. Player with ground conditions to suit.

Master Of Reality

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: James Doyle Age: 6 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Won listed race at Downpatrick for the second year running in July but followed that with a below-par effort in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Highly capable but not one to place maximum faith in.

Morando

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa Age: 8 Weight: 9st 7lbs

One-time smart performer but seemingly not the force of old nowadays, carrying his head awkwardly when only fourth to Nayef Road in a listed race at Newmarket last time. Hard to fancy.

Nicholas T

Trainer: Jim Goldie Jockey: Paul Mulrennan Age: 9 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Northumberland Plate winner at Newcastle in June. Has been a bit in-and-out since and disappointed in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last week. This is a very tall ask.

Roberto Escobarr

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: William Buick Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Secured a listed race at York in June and has run respectably since. Unable to reel in Nayef Road at Newmarket last time, but he remains unexposed at 2m and appeals as a lively outsider.

Stradivarius

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 7 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Has ruled the roost in the staying division for the past 5 seasons, but age is perhaps catching up with him as he had no excuses behind Trueshan in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp. Still much respected.

Trueshan

Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Sparingly raced in 2021 but proved he is best stayer around when getting his conditions in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, much too strong for Stradivarius. Last year’s winner is again the one to beat.

Princess Zoe

Trainer: Anthony Mullins Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs

Won the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp in 2020, but she’s yet to add to that success in 2021 and performed just respectably when fifth to Trueshan in that contest last time. More is needed now.

Tashkhan

Trainer: Brian Ellison Jockey: Ben Robinson Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs

Ex-Irish gelding who is much improved for current yard, bagging three handicaps this term before good fifth in Group 2 Prix Chaudenay at Longchamp (15f). This is a big step up in class, though.

The Mediterranean

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs

Smart colt who posted his best effort when third in St Leger at Doncaster. Only fair second in Loughbrown Stakes (evens) at the Curragh since and will need to pull out more if he’s to reach a place.

Timeform Verdict: “TRUESHAN took this impressively 12 months ago and Alan King’s 5-y-o appeals as very much the one to beat again on the back of his taking victory over Stradivarius in Longchamp’s Prix du Cadran. John Gosden’s legendary stayer is still much respected but William Haggas’s lightly-raced Hamish is feared most on this occasion now he gets his first chance over 2m with ground conditions to suit too.”

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