British Champions Long Distance Cup

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British Champions Long Distance Cup
(ex Jockey Club Cup)
Group 2 race
LocationAscot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated1873
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorQIPCO
WebsiteAscot
Race information
Distance1m 7f 209y (3,209 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight8 st 13 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse£300,000 (2020)
1st: £170,530
British Champions Long Distance Cup
2020
Yellow, royal blue cross belts, royal blue and yellow chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Yellow, large black spots and spots on cap
Trueshan Search For A Song Fujaira Prince
Previous years
2019
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Black, yellow cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Kew Gardens Stradivarius Royal Line
2018
Black, yellow cap Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Stradivarius Thomas Hobson Sir Erec
2017
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Orange, royal blue stars, striped sleeves, orange cap Black, yellow cap
Order Of St George Torcedor Stradivarius
2016
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Sheikhzayedroad Quest For More Simple Verse
2015
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Flying Officer Clever Cookie Wicklow Brave
2014
Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Black, yellow cap Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel
Forgotten Rules Biographer Pallasator
2013
Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap White, red braces, black cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Royal Diamond Harris Tweed Eye of The Storm
2012
Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap White, emerald green hoop Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves
Rite Of Passage Aiken Askar Tau
2011
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Fame And Glory Opinion Poll Colour Vision
2010-2001
2010
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap Royal blue, white hoops, yellow and white halved sleeves, yellow cap
Tastahil Motrice Buxted
2009
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Akmal Nehaam Above Average
2008
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Veracity Sagara Fiulin
2007
Maroon, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, maroon diamond Grey, pink epaulets, quartered cap Royal blue, white star, royal blue sleeves, white stars and stars on cap
Royal And Regal Balkan Knight Veenwouden
2006
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Hawridge Prince Bulwark Balkan Knight
2005
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Cover Up Tungsten Strike Millenary
2004
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Millenary Franklins Gardens True Lover
2003
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Persian Punch Millenary Kasthari
2002
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Persian Punch Boreas Spanish John
2001
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Capal Garmon Invermark Royal Rebel
2000-1991
2000
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Persian Punch Royal Rebel Rainbow High
1999
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Rainbow High Arctic Owl Celeric
1998
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Arctic Owl Celeric Samraan
1997
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Grey Shot Double Eclipse Further Flight
1996
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Celeric Sanmartino Persian Punch
1995
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Further Flight Assessor Double Eclipse
1994
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Further Flight Capias Tethys
1993
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Further Flight Edbaysaan Zinaad
1992
Apple green, black sleeves, green cap White and blue chevrons, green sleeves, white cap Brown and orange diamonds, brown sleeves and cap
Further Flight Supreme Choice Shambo
1991
Apple green, black sleeves, green cap White and blue chevrons, green sleeves, white cap Brown and orange diamonds, brown sleeves and cap
Further Flight Supreme Choice Shambo
1990-1988
1990
Black, white chevron hoop, white cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Great Marquess Dance Spectrum Ashal
1989
Apricot Red, pale green cap Henderson tartan, lime green sleeves and cap
Weld Sapience Sergeyevich
1988
Black, white chevron hoop, white cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Light Blue, Chocolate sleeves, hooped cap
Kneller Raslaan Mr Pintips
 

The British Champions Long Distance Cup is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile 7 furlongs and 209 yards (3,209 metres), and it is scheduled to take place as part of British Champions Day each year in October.

History[edit]

The event was originally held at Newmarket under the title Jockey Club Cup. It was established in 1873, and was initially contested over 2¼ miles.

The distance of the race was shortened to 1½ miles in 1959. It was extended to its current length in 1963. The event was given Group 3 status in 1971.

For a period the Jockey Club Cup was staged during Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting. It was switched to the venue's Champions Day fixture in 2000. It had a prize fund of £65,000 in 2010.[1]

The race was transferred to Ascot and given its present name in 2011. It became part of the newly created British Champions Day, and its purse was increased to £200,000. It now serves as the long-distance final of the British Champions Series and was upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 from its 2014 running.[2]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (5 wins):

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Sir Gordon RichardsBrumeux (1930), Brulette (1932), Felicitation (1934), Foxglove II (1938), Shahpoor (1943), Vic Day (1948, 1949)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Barry HillsFurther Flight (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995), Rainbow High (1999), Tastahil (2010)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1978 Buckskin 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1979 Nicholas Bill 4 Philip Waldron Henry Candy
1980 Ardross 4 Lester Piggott Kevin Prendergast
1981 Centroline 3 Philip Waldron Henry Candy
1982 Little Wolf 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1983 Karadar 5 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1984 Old Country 5 Darrel McHargue Luca Cumani
1985 Tale Quale 3 Tony Ives Henry Candy
1986 Valuable Witness 6 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 3:24.16
1987 Buckley 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 3:27.73
1988 Kneller 3 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 3:28.39
1989 Weld 3 Bruce Raymond William Jarvis 3:34.82
1990 Great Marquess 3 Frankie Dettori Henry Cecil 3:21.52
1991 Further Flight 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:23.29
1992 Further Flight 6 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:38.91
1993 Further Flight 7 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:31.97
1994 Further Flight 8 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:28.35
1995 Further Flight 9 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:28.14
1996 Celeric 4 Richard Hills David Morley 3:21.91
1997 Grey Shot 5 Richard Quinn Ian Balding 3:19.51
1998 Arctic Owl 4 Ray Cochrane James Fanshawe 3:23.78
1999 Rainbow High [a] 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:38.35
2000 Persian Punch 7 Richard Hughes David Elsworth 3:25.72
2001 Capal Garmon 3 Kevin Darley John Gosden 3:36.44
2002 Persian Punch 9 Martin Dwyer David Elsworth 3:21.11
2003 Persian Punch 10 Martin Dwyer David Elsworth 3:26.92
2004 Millenary 7 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 3:32.10
2005 Cover Up 8 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 3:26.79
2006 Hawridge Prince 6 Jim Crowley Rod Millman 3:31.21
2007 Royal and Regal 3 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre 3:30.52
2008 Veracity 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3:28.94
2009 Akmal 3 Richard Hills John Dunlop 3:31.90
2010 Tastahil 6 William Buick Barry Hills 3:29.90
2011 Fame and Glory 5 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 3:26.50
2012 Rite of Passage 8 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 3:35.98
2013 Royal Diamond 7 Johnny Murtagh Johnny Murtagh 3:38.09
2014 Forgotten Rules 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 3:36.77
2015 Flying Officer 5 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 3:32.19
2016 Sheikhzayedroad 7 Martin Harley David Simcock 3:31.52
2017 Order of St George 5 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 3:37.84
2018 Stradivarius 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 3:37.51
2019 Kew Gardens 4 Donnacha O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 3:29.49
2020 Trueshan 4 Hollie Doyle Alan King 3:35.75
  1. ^ The 1999 edition was held on Newmarket's July Course over 2 miles and 24 yards

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1873: Flageolet
  • 1874: Gang Forward
  • 1875: Carnelion
  • 1876: Braconnier
  • 1877: Verneuil
  • 1878: Silvio
  • 1879: Jannette
  • 1880: Chippendale
  • 1881: Corrie Roy
  • 1882: Chippendale
  • 1883: Ladislas
  • 1884: St Gatien
  • 1885: St Gatien
  • 1886: St Gatien
  • 1887: Carlton
  • 1888: Reve d'Or
  • 1889: Sheen
  • 1890: Wild Monk
  • 1891: Patrick Blue
  • 1892: Buccaneer
  • 1893: Lady Rosebery
  • 1894: Callistrate
  • 1895: Florizel II
  • 1896: Canterbury Pilgrim
  • 1897: Count Schomberg
  • 1898: Merman
  • 1899: Mazagan
  • 1900: Osbech
  • 1901: King's Courier
  • 1902: Black Sand
  • 1903: Mead
  • 1904: Zinfandel
  • 1905: Pretty Polly
  • 1906: Bachelor's Button
  • 1907: Radium
  • 1908: Radium
  • 1909: Amadis
  • 1910: Lagos
  • 1911: Willonyx
  • 1912: Aleppo
  • 1913: Aleppo
  • 1914: Son-in-Law
  • 1915: Son-in-Law
  • 1916: Hurry On
  • 1917: Brown Prince
  • 1918: Queen's Square
  • 1919: Gay Lord
  • 1920: no race
  • 1921: Nippon
  • 1922: Bucks Hussar
  • 1923: Tranquil
  • 1924: Plack
  • 1925: Bucellas
  • 1926: Bongrace
  • 1927: Mont Bernina
  • 1928: Invershin
  • 1929: Fairway
  • 1930: Brumeux
  • 1931: Noble Star
  • 1932: Brulette
  • 1933: Nitsichin
  • 1934: Felicitation
  • 1935: Quashed
  • 1936: Quashed
  • 1937: Buckleigh
  • 1938: Foxglove II
  • 1939: no race
  • 1940: Atout Maitre[a]
  • 1941: no race
  • 1942: Afterthought
  • 1943: Shahpoor
  • 1944: Ocean Swell
  • 1945: Amber Flash
  • 1946: Felix
  • 1947: Laurentis
  • 1948: Vic Day
  • 1949: Vic Day
  • 1950: Colonist II
  • 1951: Eastern Emperor
  • 1952: Blarney Stone
  • 1953: Ambiguity
  • 1954: Yorick
  • 1955: Romany Air
  • 1956: Donald
  • 1957: Flying Flag
  • 1958: French Beige
  • 1959: Vacarme
  • 1960: Parthia
  • 1961: Apostle
  • 1962: Pardao
  • 1963: Gaul
  • 1964: Oncidium
  • 1965: Goupi
  • 1966: Hermes
  • 1967: Dancing Moss
  • 1968: Riboccare
  • 1969: High Line
  • 1970: High Line
  • 1971: High Line
  • 1972: Irvine
  • 1973: Parnell
  • 1974: Petty Officer
  • 1975: Blood Royal
  • 1976: Bright Finish
  • 1977: Grey Baron
  1. ^ The 1940 running took place at Nottingham over 2 miles and 4 furlongs

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Jockey Club Cup". International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  2. ^ "European Pattern Committee announces changes to the 2014 European Black Type Programme". britishorseracingauthority.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.