George tops Distance field

Aidan O'Brien's Arc third Order Of St George is likely to be a warm favourite for the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Order Of St George Set to be warm order in Ascot opener

The Gold Cup winner was surprisingly turned over at prohibitive odds of 1-7 in the Irish St Leger but ran out of his skin in Chantilly, beaten only by stablemates Found and Highland Reel.

Simple Verse, winner of the Fillies & Mares race on Champions Day last season, steps up in trip after returning to winning ways in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster for Ralph Beckett.

Quest For More, who landed the first Group One success of his career in the Prix du Cadran, represents Roger Charlton who reported that his charge has taken his racing well.

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"He's come out of his win in France in very good form and this will be his last race before we look at Dubai in the spring," he said.

"The plan was to drop in and come late last time – change the bowling. He's been very consistent in his last three races and Timeform have him running to within 1lb each time.

"It's going to be a tough race to win with the Arc third, Order Of St George, in there but life is life, you take on the best and this is what Championship races should be. Quest For More is a game horse and there is a good prize money, so we will give it a go."

Forgotten Rules has been declared by Dermot Weld, while David Simcock runs Doncaster Cup winner Sheikhzayedroad.

"I've been delighted with him since his last run," Simcock said on Monday. "He's a very straightforward horse to train, he's very clean-winded.

"He's been very consistent but the whole race revolves around Order Of St George, if he turns up he'll take a lot of beating. He had a hard race in the Arc but Aidan and his team are very good at backing their horses up."

Litigant makes a belated first appearance of the season while Nearly Caught, Sandro Botticelli, Suegioo and Gold Prince complete the field of 10.

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