With all the excitement surrounding the big races on the QIPCO Champions’ Day at Ascot this Saturday few racing enthusiasts seem to have looked at the prospects for the Long Distance Cup.
Whilst the feature race of the day is certainly the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with the return of wonder-horse Frankel very much under the spotlight there are some runners of interest for horse betting punters in the Long Distance Cup.
The race takes place over a distance of 2 miles and currently there are 13 horses holding an entry with a good chance that most, if not all, are likely to go to post.
Of these runners the current ante post favourite in the horse bets market is Opinion Poll (5/2). The smart Godolphin five-year-old has a mixed record but has enjoyed some strong victories in the past and is expected to go well on Saturday.
Another in with a very good chance is Fame And Glory. The Aiden O’Brien-trained Irish Derby and Ascot Gold Cup is available at odds of 3/1 and will be well supported by punters on the day of the race. The horse has a solid record of 12 wins, 3 second places and 1 third place finish in just 20 races and should be expected to be in the mix at the sharp end of the race.
Another in with a realistic chance of victory is Times Up (9/2). The John Dunlop-trained bay gelding won the Jockey Club Rose Bowl at Newmarket last time out and is expected to put in a strong run at Ascot.
Of the possible each way chances Meeznah (12/1) makes most appeal. The four-year-old bay filly has a good record and will be expected to enjoy the conditions.