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  • 13:50 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup 2m

  • (Group 3) £200,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 26.50s
  • Off time: 13:50:16

Full result

13:50 Ascot Result 15th October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Fame And Glory 9-0 J P Spencer A P O'Brien 5 3/1
Tracked leader, led 12f out, made rest, ridden 2f out, idled and edged right througout final furlong, stayed on gamely opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £2000-£500 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000 £1750-£500 £1400-£400
2nd (10) Opinion Poll (IRE) 9-0 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 5 12/5f
In touch, closed on leaders 5f out, wide into straight 3f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, held towards finish opened 5/2 touched 5/2 £5000-£2000(x2) £1250-£500 £900-£400
3rd (4) nse Colour Vision (FR) 8-3 S De Sousa M Johnston 3 10/1
In rear, headway on inside 2f out, switched left approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to snatch 3rd post opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th (8) s.h Nehaam 9-0 R Hills J H M Gosden 5 12/1
Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, lost 3rd post opened 14/1 touched 14/1
5th (1) Times Up 9-0 E Ahern J L Dunlop 5 10/3
Close up, chased winner over 3f out until over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 3/1 touched 10/3 £1750-£500(x2) £8333-£2500 £3333-£1000 £1000-£300(x3) £6000-£2000
6th (6) Eternal Heart (IRE) 8-3 J Fanning M Johnston 3 50/1
Led 1f, tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, kept on one pace final 2f opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (9) Polly's Mark (IRE) 8-11 G Mosse C G Cox 5 28/1
Held up, never on terms with leaders opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th (5) s.h Darley Sun (IRE) 9-0 William Buick Saeed bin Suroor 5 28/1
Dwelt always in rear opened 25/1 touched 28/1
9th (7) 8 Motrice 8-11 S Sanders Sir Mark Prescott 4 12/1
Close up, effort over 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £5000-£350
10th (3) 22 Chiberta King 9-0 J Fortune A M Balding 5 33/1
Led after 1f, headed 12f out, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out opened 28/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.30 Tote Place: £1.70,1.20,2.20
Straight Forecast: £9.93 Exacta: £8.10 Trifecta: £90.40 Swingers: 1&2:2.00 2&3:4.40 1&3:5.20

Jackpot: £36,959.70, Pool: £442475.7, 8.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £156.60, Pool: £253611.75, 1181.66 winning tickets
Quadpot: £48.30, Pool: £12760.96, 195.36 winning tickets

Verdict

A return to form from FAME AND GLORY following two lacklustre runs. The Ascot Gold Cup winner was always in the right place under Jamie Spencer and his tactical nous and use of his colt's tactical speed proved decisive as he was closed right down to the line by the consistent Opinion Poll. Settled in second initially, Spencer took up the running in the back straight and quickened in the straight, opening up an advantage that proved critical. The quicker ground may well have helped the winner recapture his best form and he was the class act in the race and entitled to win as he did. His previous two outings raise some doubts about his desire and consistency but there's no doubt that he has the class to dominate this division when at the top of his game whilst he retains sufficient speed to drop down in distance should connections desire. Opinion Poll ran another fine race and is the very model of consistency but had to play second fiddle to the winner as he had at the Royal meeting. He was forced to challenge a little wide turning into the straight but was never quite getting there. Colour Vision was making a quick reappearance following a fine run in the Cesarewitch and it would be no surprise if this typically tough Mark Johnston gelding were wearing the same colours as the runner-up next season. This was a career best performance and he should be a factor in Cup races next season if he can maintain or reproduce this level of form. Nehaam was second in this race in 2009 at Newmarket but missed the whole of 2010; this was arguably his best performance since and bodes well for his future next season. He reversed last month's form with Times Up who had been widely tipped following that impressive success in Listed company at Newmarket. John Dunlop's charge was perfectly placed throughout and wasn't good enough on the day; he has shown his best form at both Newmarket tracks and at York where there's a long straight. He has progressed well this season and wouldn't need to make too much more progress over the winter to be a factor in the Cup races. Motrice proved disappointing but she was a shade free behind the steady early fractions; she's a Listed winner and Group Two placed and it would be no surprise if she were retired to the paddocks.