20
Oct
2012

2012 British Champions Long Distance Cup Betting Preview

The British Champions Long Distance Cup is the feature staying race on British Champions day at Ascot on Saturday.

The race will be run at 1.45 and will feature a field of nine horses.

The favourite in the British Champions Long Distance Cup betting market is Godolphin stayer Opinion Poll who is available at odds of 3/1.

He is followed in the market by Fame and Glory (9/2), Colour Vision (5/1) and Aiken (11/2).

This is a very open betting race so we have done the hard work for our readers and studied the 2012 British Champions Long Distance Cup form guide and statistics to help find the top selections in the race.

2012 British Champions Long Distance Cup Betting Preview

Aiden O’Brien-trained Fame and Glory won the 2011British Champions Long Distance Cup and will attempt to defend the title in this year’s race.

Fame and Glory started last year’s race as the second favourite and is on the second line of betting again this year.

Ile De Re is the only last start winner in the field.

Aiken (67%) has the highest winning percentage in the field followed by Rite of Passage (63 %), Fame and Glory (58%) and Opinion Poll (38%).

Opinion Poll, Fame and Glory, Colour Vision, Aiken, Rite of Passage, Saddler’s Rock and Askar Tau have all won Group races.

The most successful barrier over this distance at Ascot is barrier number seven which was drawn by Aiken.

2012 British Champions Long Distance Cup Trifecta

Opinion Poll (3/1) from Colour Vision (5/1) and Aiken (11/2)

Opinion Poll is a super consistent galloper who should be suited by the soft ground at Ascot on Saturday. The Halling stayer has not finished out of the placing’s in his last nine starts and meets stablemate Colour Vision better in the weights than the Group 1 Gold Cup.

Opinion Poll’s biggest competition will come from stablemate Colour Vision. The Rainbow Quest stayer won the Gold Cup in June but has disappointed in his last three outings and failed to show his normal acceleration in the Prix Du Cadran a fortnight ago. However, he should be able to bounce back to his best in this race and will likely be the fastest finishing horse in the final furlong.

This is Aiken’s first race over this distance but if he can carry over his Irish St Leger form should be right in the finish in this race. The John Gosden-trained gelding has an excellent record at Ascot and if he can handle the trip should finish in the top three.

You can find the best odds for every race on British Champions Day at Bet365 Bet365!

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