Qipco British Champions Day: Trueshan set for Long Distance Cup defence; misses the Prix du Cadran | Race News

Alan King’s Trueshan will not attempt to defend his Prix du Cadran title and will instead aim directly for Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.

The six-year-old won Group One over four-and-a-half lengths last season and then lifted the Long Distance Cup for the second time.

He won’t be treading the same path this season, however, and will sit on the Dial as Connections hope the rain falls outside Ascot and produces his easygoing ideal.

“It won’t be ready in time for the Cadran so we’ll wait for Ascot, provided the rain comes we’ll go,” King said.

“We’ll worry about everything else when the time comes, we have to make sure the pitch is good first.”

Trueshan has enjoyed an engrossing rivalry with the Stradivarius of John and Thady Gosden, a hugely popular stayer whose retirement from racing was announced on Monday morning.

Kyprios (red cap), Stradivarius (yellow cap) and Trueshan go head-to-head in a thrilling Goodwood Cup

Last season’s French success came at the expense of Stradivarius, while the duo recently chased Kyprios at home in the Goodwood Cup.

King said of the Gosden-trained chestnut, “He was a wonderful racehorse and will be truly missed.”

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