Champions Long Distance: Fame And Glory back at Ascot
by Geir Stabell (email@example.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2011-10-14 01:31:37 (First published: 2011-10-06 11:11:06 )
Ascot Oct 15:
Fame And Glory, who landed some massive bets in the Gold Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot, returns to the famous venue this weekend. He will not, however, be a short choice as money starts talking ahead of the British Champions Long Distance Cup (G3). Reason: the Ballydoyle stayer is coming off a dismal effort in the Irish St. Leger (G1) last month. If back to his true form, he wins again, if in the form he was in the Leger, well, then he might actually finish last.
Opinion Poll was his runner-up in the Gold Cup, and will be looking for revenge. A big danger to both is Times Up, arguably in the form of his life after a smooth win at Newmarket.
CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (G3)
Ascot 15 Oct 2011 – 2 miles Turf
Runners presented with best Globeform, sire, trainer, rider (draw)
Globeform ratings are expressed in pounds
1 length = 1lb over this distance
120 - FAME AND GLORY (Montjeu) Aidan O'Brien / Jamie Spencer (2)
119 - OPINION POLL (Halling) Saeed bin Suroor / Frankie Dettori (10)
112 - TIMES UP (Olden Times) John Dunlop / Eddie Ahern (1)
109 - MOTRICE (Motivator) filly Sir Mark Prescott / Seb Sanders (7)
108 - CHIBERTA KING (King's Best) Andrew Balding / Jimmy Fortune (3)
107 - ETERNAL HEART (Alhaarth) Mark Johnston / Joe Fanning (6)
106 - COLOUR VISION (Rainbow Quest) Mark Johnston / Silvestre de Sousa (4)
105 - NEEHAM (Nayef) John Gosden / Richard Hills (8)
102 - POLLY'S MARK (Mark Of Esteem) mare Clive Cox / tba (9)
102 - DARLEY SUN (Tiger Hill) Saeed bin Suroor / Williiam Buick (5)
Motrice, Polly's Mark: 3lb sex allowance – add three pounds to ratings for direct comparison with males.
FAME AND GLORY is too big at 11-4 in the betting here, and he is the logical choice. He ran badly in the Irish St. Leger (G1) last time out but that run was simply 'too bad to be true' and probably best forgotten. Something, whatever it was, went badly wrong for him that day. If he had not run in the Leger he would be around even money for the Long Distance Cup at Ascot, where he has already produced one excellent performance this year, to beat Opinion Poll easily by 3 lengths in the Gold Cup (G1) over 2 ½ miles. That they are now racing over half a mile shorter favours Fame And Glory, who is a G1 winner over 1 ½ miles. His overall form is much the best in this field and, while Opinion Poll will not get his ground, that is precisely what Fame And Glory does. He is effective on good to firm. At around 11-4 he is well worth backing. In effect, we are taking 11-4 about Aidan O'Brien bringing the 5yo here in something like his best form. Fame And Glory does not need to be at his very best to win this race.
OPINION POLL has been so game and consistent this year and he should not be dismissed completely as he goes for a rematch with Fame And Glory. He won the Goodwood Cup (G2) after Royal Ascot (albeit in soft company) and he battled on in an admirable way when winning the Londale Stakes (G2) at York in August, from Duncan, who sent on to dead-heat with Jukebox Jury in the Irish St. Leger (G1). Three weeks later Opinion Poll's form took a dip, as he was beaten 4 lengths by Saddler's Rock in the Doncaster Cup (G2). He has had hard some races this year and perhaps his form is beginning to tail off.
TIMES UP therefore makes more sense as the second choice and preferred Exacta horse. He is coming off an win at Newmarket, where he was visually so impressive in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl (LR) over 2 miles. Always travelling supremely well, Times Up cruised to the lead approaching the furlong marker, and quickened away to beat Chiberta King by 1 ½ lengths. His superiority was greater than the winning margin would suggest. Neeham, who went off favourite, finished third, while the Irish trained mare Fictional Account came fourth. She ran below her best but it is still worth noting that she had beaten Fame And Glory in Ireland two starts back. Times Up is interesting at Ascot, that's quite clear.
A: 3 FAME AND GLORY
B: 6 TIMES UP
C: 5 OPINION POLL
Win: Fame And Glory
A: 3 with 6
B: 3 with 5
C: 6 with 3
D: 5 with 3
A: 3 with 5, 6 with 5, 6
B: 3 with 5, 6 with 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10
C: 3 with 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 with 5, 6
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