‘Road goes the Distance at Ascot
Sheikhzayedroad came home strongly to win the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.
Sheikhzayedroad beats Quest For More at Ascot
Martin Harley was never too far away on the consistent seven-year-old, winner of the Doncaster Cup last time out, as Nearly Caught and Quest For More were allowed to set a sedate pace.
Harley was content in third on David Simcock's stayer, with Simple Verse, Litigant and the Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Order Of St George in mid-division.
Turning into the straight the leaders kicked and it was clear anything from off the pace would struggle to make up the ground, but Harley's tactical nous came to the fore and he was well placed to strike.
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Simple Verse and Order Of St George were closing deep inside the final furlong, with Quest For More once again running out of his skin, but the 11-1 winner scored by half a length.
Quest For More clung on for second with Simple Verse another half a length back in third and Gold Cup hero Order Of St George only fourth.
Harley said: "I'm out of breath! He always delivers on the big day – full credit to the horse, he's tough.
"They didn't go very quick, but my lad has won over shorter so I knew he had a change of gear.
"David thought he would be in the money, and a furlong down I knew I had the front two covered."
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