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Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)
British Champions Long Distance Cup tips for Saturday’s Group 2 race. A field of thirteen go to post for the first race of the day on British Champions Day, the Long Distance Cup raced over two miles. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Big Orange managed to repel the challenge of ORDER ST GEORGE in the Ascot Gold Cup but with the ground going against him, the latter should gain his revenge here. He was impressive in storming away with the Irish St Leger back in September and he handles softer going, as proven by his fourth in the Arc at Chantilly earlier this month. He is the class of this field and should take all the beating, with the main danger being the three year old Stradivarius.
1 BIG ORANGE – Ultra-tough and game front-runner for Michael Bell who repelled the challenge of Order Of St George to win the Ascot Gold Cup in June. He won’t appreciate the softer ground though and he looks set to miss out here in a very tough race.
2 CAP’N – Cost just 3,500 euros as a foal and he makes his debut here with little to no chance. Will be massive odds and should be as he has been give an impossible task.
3 CLEVER COOKIE – Not as good as he once was, though his fourth in the Doncaster Cup was a step in the right direction. Much more is needed now that he’s pitched into a tougher race and although he handles softer ground, he shouldn’t be good enough here.
4 DARTMOUTH – Usually a consistent sort for Sir Michael Stoute but he’s failed to cut it at Group 1 level, running a very poor race in the Irish St Leger, which was uncharacteristic. Nevertheless, he doesn’t look good enough to win this others are preferred.
5 DURETTO – Running well of late for Andrew Balding, finishing third in the Ormonde Stakes two starts ago. He couldn’t be discounted for each way claims as he looks a likely stayer at this trip, but he shouldn’t be good enough to win this.
6 NEARLY CAUGHT – Useful at Listed level for Hughie Morrison but he looks out of his depth in Group 1 company, headed late on in a Listed race on his latest start. Finished fifth in this race last year but will do well to replicate that in a much tougher renewal.
7 ORDER OF ST GEORGE – Won the Irish St Leger two starts ago in impressive fashion and was a brilliant fourth in the Arc when last seen. Softer ground only plays into his favour and he’s a class above this field, so should have no problem taking this race in great style.
8 SHEIKHZAYEDROAD – Won this race twelve months ago for David Simcock and he’s been running consistently well for the most part this season. This is a tougher renewal than last year but he holds each way claims, especially if we get truly ‘soft ground’.
9 STARS OVER THE SEA – Useful dual purpose horse for Henry De Bromhead and he comes here in good form, finishing second at Naas in a Group 3 when last seen. Far more is needed here though and he should miss out.
10 TORCEDOR – Progressive form this season but he’s been well held by both Order Of St George and Big Orange in his previous two runs. Strong each way player if continuing to improve but he isn’t up to winning this.
11 DESERT SKYLINE – Has been progressing to no end this season for in form connections, winning the Doncaster Cup on his latest start. Another leap forward is required to be winning this but he holds each way claims in receipt of so much weight.
12 MOUNT MORIAH – Still early days for this three year old but he was bitterly disappointing when only fifth in a Listed race on his latest start. He’s better than that but this is a tricky contest and he shouldn’t be good enough.
13 STRADIVARIUS – Defeated Big Orange to win the Goodwood Cup in August and he was a good third in the St Leger on his latest start. That form entitles him to be involved and he needs to be taken very seriously in receipt of weight from the other market principles.