Long Distance Cup Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

17/10/2020 13:20:00

Two miles is a long way when it comes to flat horse racing and that’s especially the case if the ground comes up soft, with the British Champions Series set to take place on Saturday 17 October and that includes the prestigious Long Distance Cup.

You can’t talk about this race without talking about Stradivarius and the John Gosden horse clearly looks like the likeliest winner of the British Champions Long Distance Cup, with the Ascot racecard illustrating that the six-year-old is favourite and it would be a sweet moment to see the horse land a double victory.

2020 Long Distance Cup Race Card

It’s been an unbelievable career for Stradivarius who was beaten by a nose in this race last year when Kew Gardens pulled a rabbit out of the hat to win the race, with Frankie Dettori’s ride was beaten by half a length.

Stradivarius returned to the track in 2020 when lining up in the Coronation Cup Stakes a third-placed finish wasn’t too shabby when you consider that the race was over a distance of one mile and four furlongs, with Ghaiyyath and Anthony Van Dyck the only horses that finished ahead of him.

Since then, there have been victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and then came the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes victory at odds-on, with the horse close to achieving legendary status over long distances and there will be plenty of backers.

At the time of writing, John Gosden has the front three in the Long Distance Cup racecard betting odds and Enbihaar is a talented five-year-old who won the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in what was a small field.

However, the horse obliged as favourite when claiming victory in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes and Gosden looks to have his heart set on running the horse in this heat and it’s quite clear that the horse will get the trip.

Logician is one of the more interesting runners and the four-year-old hasn’t turned out at a race track this year, with the horse unbeaten as a three-year-old and it was five consecutive victories that was scored by the runner.

The History of the Long Distance Cup

This race used to be called the Jockey Club Cup and then became the Long Distance Cup and it is now part of the British Champions Series which is always going to see star names appear at this Ascot showdown.

The race was inaugurated in 1873 and any horse aged three or older can line up, with a purse of more than £500,000 available in this race and it been held at Ascot since 2011. Further Flight is the most successful horse to run in this race and scored five consecutive wins between 1991-1995.

Twelve months ago, Stradivarius won the 2018 Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day, with the John Gosden-trained charge obliging at even money under Frankie Dettori and the five-year-old will return to Ascot Racecourse in a bid to extend his amazing unbeaten record.

Stradivarius won the Long Distance Cup by a length and a half a year ago, fending off the challenge of Thomas Hobson and Sir Erec, while the horse has continued to go from strength to strength.

It has been a string of five successive victories during the 2019 Flat horse racing season, with Frankie Dettori steering the horse to a win in the Yorkshire Cup Stakes before further triumphs in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup Stakes and the Lonsdale Cup Stakes.

Most recently, the five-year-old obliged at a prohibitive 1/9 in the Doncaster Cup Stakes against just four other opponents although this looks to be a stiffer test of the favourite’s credentials and odds of 4/7 are available.

It has been intimated that the horse’s appearance at Ascot largely depends on the ground, with connections not wanting soft ground and those sort of conditions could see Stradivarius go straight to Longchamp.

Gosden said: "I would think that Champions Day is quite likely.

"If we got a lot of rain and it did go heavy, that would be the one thing that would probably stop us running.

"He has got a great action and he is probably happiest on top of the ground. He handled the good to soft and softish ground, but I would be worried about heavy ground.

"He is in tremendous form since the race. He is bucking and playing away and having a shout which he likes to do.

"He always lets you know when he is around. For a little guy he makes a lot of noise."

Kew Gardens and Dee Ex Bee are next in the betting and both horses have enough quality to be a threat, with the latter having finished a gallant second to Stradivarius on a number of occasions this season.

Indeed, Dee Ex Bee hasn’t been outside the top two places in any of his five races this season and was only beaten by a neck at Goodwood, with trainer Mark Johnston finally hoping that his horse gets the better of his adversaries over a distance of two miles.

Meanwhile, Kew Gardens is one of the Aidan O’Brien hopefuls in the race and the four-year-old has finished second on three consecutive occasions this year, with this being the furthest that the horse has travelled this year.

Last time out, the horse finished a runner-up to Search For A Song at The Curragh and the four-year-old is sure to get a decent spin at Ascot from leading jockey Ryan Moore although the big question is whether he’ll get the trip.