The 10th QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot got off to a sensational start as Trueshan (11/1) landed the G2 QIPCO British Champions Day Long Distance Cup. It was a first QIPCO British Champions Day success for both trainer Alan King and jockey Hollie Doyle.
Trueshan storms to victory, photo Dan Abraham
The four-year-old travelled strongly throughout the two-mile contest and moved up smoothly to challenge for the lead a quarter of a mile from home. After swooping to take up the running entering the final furlong, the result was never in doubt with Trueshan lengthening impressively to score by seven and a half lengths from Search For A Song.
The 11/10 favourite Stradivarius was under pressure before the home turn and came home 12th of the 13 runners.
A delighted Hollie Doyle, who becomes the first woman jockey to win a race on QIPCO British Champions Day, said: "That was incredible; he has given me some feel there, I travelled all over them. I had Stradivarius on my inside, he came off it probably three-and-a-half/four down.
"He doesn't like being crowded, so I switched him at the three pole and the further I went the better.
Hollie Doyle salutes on Trueshan, photo Dan Abraham
"This is a proper horse. I rode him on his first two wins and have always liked him, but I am not going to lie, I didn't realise he would be up to G2 level like today.
"I have to pinch myself really, that was absolutely amazing. I rode Trueshan at Wolverhampton when he won and it was a bit of a surprise, and then he went and bolted up at Ffos Las. I haven't been on him since as I haven't been able to ride him, but I am really grateful to the owners and Alan for putting me back on him today. It was great.
"He was almost over-travelling with me, I had to stay out a bit wide for the first three furlongs and luckily I managed to slot in and get a nice position upsides Stradivarius. The further I was going, the better and he was tanking me - he went through the ground like a tractor, he loved it!
"The pace was reasonable but Trueshan was over-travelling, it felt like we were hacking round. Probably three and a half, four down, Stradivarius came off it, but he can do that sometimes, so I didn't think too much of it. I switched my fellow around horses because they said he didn't like getting too crowded in the Ebor. When I pushed the button, he responded. It is testing. It's wet, heavy ground and it's hard work.
"I am really happy people are seeing me as just a jockey and not a female jockey. Shout out to Alan King because he is some trainer."
1.20pm G2 QIPCO British Champions Day Long Distance Cup 1m 7f 209y
1 TRUESHAN - Alan King 4-9-07 Hollie Doyle 11/1
2 Search For A Song - Dermot Weld IRE 4-9-04 Oisin Murphy 7/1
3 Fujaira Prince - Roger Varian 6-9-07 Andrea Atzeni 10/1
Winner owned by Barbury Lions 5
Breeder: Didier Blot, in France
Breeding: b g Planteur (IRE) - Shao Line (FR) (General Holme (USA))
Alan King - 1st winner on QIPCO British Champions Day
Hollie Doyle - 1st winner on QIPCO British Champions Day
Time: 3m 35.75s
Distances: 7½, ½
Tote Win: £12.55 Places: £4.10 £2 £2.95 Exacta: £90.30
11/10 Stradivarius (12th)