The Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup is the finale of the staying division and takes place on British Champions Day in October. Originally titled the Jockey Club Cup and run at Newmarket as a Group 3, it was renamed and switched to Ascot racecourse in 2011 where it now boasts half a million pounds in prize-money.
Length of the race – Two miles.
Where to watch – RTV and ITV.
When to watch – Saturday, October 19 at 1.25pm.
Prize-money – The race is worth £500,000, with £255,195 going to the winner.
Course – The race is run at Ascot racecourse.
Race type – Group 2.
Weights –Three-year-olds carry 8st 13lb, horses aged four and older carry 9st 7lb. There is a 3lb weight allowance for fillies and mares
Ages – The race is open to horses aged three and older.
Sponsor – Qipco have sponsored the race since 2011.
|2||2018||Stradivarius||33-1111||4||Evs||John Gosden||Frankie Dettori|
|3||2017||Order Of St George||212114||5||4-5f||Aidan O'Brien||Ryan Moore|
|4||2016||Sheikhzayedroad||3-18331||7||11-1||David Simcock||Martin Harley|
|5||2015||Flying Officer||1-126-11||5||6-1||John Gosden||Frankie Dettori|
|6||2014||Forgotten Rules||11||4||3-1||Dermot Weld||Pat Smullen|
|7||2013||Royal Diamond||321215||7||20-1||Johnny Murtagh||Johnny Murtagh|
|8||2012||Rite Of Passage||11-1-3||8||8-1||Dermot Weld||Pat Smullen|
|9||2011||Fame And Glory||5-11124||5||3-1||Aidan O'Brien||Jamie Spencer|
|10||2010||Tastahil||028624||6||100-30||Barry Hills||William Buick|
|11||2009||Akmal||215111||3||9-4f||John Dunlop||Richard Hills|
The long-distance division does not have too many high-level races, so the path to the Champions Long Distance Cup is fairly well-trodden. The Ascot Gold Cup (2m4f) produces plenty of Long Distance Cup runners, the Goodwood Cup (2m) and the Doncaster Cup (2m2f) are also vital stepping-stones, as is the Lonsdale Cup (2m) at York’s Ebor meeting.
What happened last year?
The current king of the staying division Stradivarius continued his winning ways when crossing the line a length and a half in front of Thomas Hobson. He looked short of room turning for home but Frankie Dettori pushed him up the inside rail, giving him a free run for the final furlongs, where he asserted himself.
Where can I get Champions Day tickets?
Champions Day tickets can be purchased from the Ascot website here.