December 3, 2021

Doyle and Trueshan battle to Long Distance Cup glory

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Hollie Doyle guided Trueshan to another big race victory as he retained his title in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

The Alan King-trained five-year-old was very keen in the early stages, before being taken into the lead by Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle with two furlongs to run and holding off a staying on Tashkhan in second, who ran a career best for the Brian Ellison team.

Multiple Group One winner Stradivarius was back in third, after a troubled run through the race saw Frankie Dettori having to come wide around the final bend before staying in the final stages.

The victory will provide some consolation for Doyle, who missed out on Trueshan’s second Group One victory in the Prix du Cadran earlier this month due to suspension.

She rode Trueshan to victory in last season’s Long Distance Cup as well as his maiden Group One victory in the Goodwood Cup earlier this season.