British Champions Long Distance Cup

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British Champions Long Distance Cup
(ex Jockey Club Cup)
Group 2 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1873
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor QIPCO
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £350,000 (2016)
1st: £198,485
British Champions Long Distance Cup
2016
White, red chevron, hooped sleeves, red cap Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, gold cap, gold tassel
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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 2 miles (3,219 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

a 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 *
  • 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

* 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. Retrieved 27 March 2014.