Sky Sports Racing’s Mick Fitzgerald delivers his verdict to the Primary players at the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup of Saturday in Ascot.
A race which has been and was known as the Jockey Club Cup run in its current guise as the Extended Distance Cup for the first time in Ascot in 2011.
Fame And Glory was the first winner when booming under Jamie Spencer and trainer Aidan O’Brien landed it for another period after Order Of St George took the decoration in 2017.
Irish trainers have mastered the racewith Dermot Weld also gaining two successes using Rite Of Passage (2012) and Forgotten Rules (2014) and contrasts between these victories Johnny Murtagh added his name to the roll of honor with Royal Diamond.
John Gosden is yet another to bag a brace with Flying Officer (2015) and also Stradivarius (2018) and the winners board is performed by Sheikhzayedroad who was effective for David Simcock (2016).
No horse has won the race and winner of the last 10 starts, Stradivarius , fulfilled his defeat in this race because a three-year-old in 2017 when third, beaten a length, to Order.
Any horse which wins in the Royal assembly and comes with Ascot form that is good has to be admired and this horse appeared good when winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes. He’s maintained on operating in France by Dee Ex Bee and he doesn’t strike you as a person who wants the ground this tender. That has been off a marker of 90 although he was second at Salisbury on ground.
You just battle a bit with Kew Gardens when he ran in the Ormonde Stakes, as I was there in Chester and there was no doubt Morando who is a verified mud-lover defeated him and he would return to the run. I think you have to put that race down to him not being fit but it really is his run today and he’s got no excuses here.
After a fantastic run when finishing second from the Coronation at Epsom it was disappointing too watch him finish second in the Irish St Leger but afterward he had been giving 12lb into a fast improving filly in Hunt For A Song, who was provided a dazzling ride by Chris Hayes.
Back with this ground Kew Gardens in the prices is the horse that could make the most of any openings from Stradivarius.
You then watch that race that he won at Haydock on ground and you think he is not without a chance, although he’s not good enough if you take a take a close look on its face. The 2 races are on heavy earth which of this horse will count for a lot.
Sir Michael Stoute understands a thing or two about this match and the simple fact that he is willing to pitch him in here needs to be carried on board.
Every time he has run on earth although he was next to Dee Ex Bee in Sandown earlier in the summer , he has been successful. A number of them deal better and he falls within that category.
He’s obviously a stablemate of Stradivarius after winning the November Handicap year on tender ground off a mark of 105, and that he seemed good. He’s horse that has been retained in training because five-year-old and he’s won on heavy at Haydock as a three-year-old which will be a plus if you take a look at his kind.
He hasn’t been over-raced this season, which will be his run, so that he comes much more economical than lots of these.
You would need to inquire whether he’d stay the trip, but he travelled so easily in the November Handicap he might enjoy stepping up to two miles and that he was never likely to get beat at any phases.
The Coolmore team has was disappointing supporting Stradivarius at Goodwood but had been a winner at the Royal meeting and always well-regarded him. He’s a little to find to make an impression in this race, although he failed to conquer at Constantinople in the King George V Handicap. If he was good 9, you would be surprised.
This horse is a winning system and incredibly he’s won the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers bonus for another year at the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup. He appears bombproof and it is only a matter of Gosden ahead morning after strolling the course Saturday.
Two decades back, when this horse was a three-year-old was that the last time this horse was beat and the choice to switch to the inner track on less analyzing going could make life a bit simpler for Stradivarius, who won this past year on soft earth.
So far as talent goes along with the remainder of this, he is only a winning system. He has won on a couple of events this season including winning a throat and winning a length in the Gold Cup, but did ever think he was in danger of defeat?
He brings some very great handicap form to the race. Having won the Northumberland Plate quite easily from Prince Of Arran he moved over to Australia in which he was somewhat disappointing but has come back better than ever this season.
He won at Newbury and his blood will end up after beating on School six lengths in a listed race at Newmarket last time.
I believe he is extremely interesting and he comes a relatively lightly-raced horse with just three outings this season.
It is known as British Champions Day because of this and you would like to find winners crowned and it is quite safe to say STRADIVARIUS is the champion of the stayers’ branch. The race will be run on the track so he’ll win but if it had run onto the outside track where it would be testing it might have given a chance to the others. I think Kew Gardens and Withhold can make up for your places.