Trueshan Champions Long Distance Cup 17 Oct20 racingfotos 63813270574 72dpi

Gr.2 winner and 2 Listed winners in the last 3 weeks for Planteur

Planteur’s run of success continued with Trueshan winning the Gr.2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot today. In the last 3 weeks Planteur has sired a new Gr.2 winner and two Listed winners.

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.

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. The further I was going, the better and he was tanking me - he went through the ground like a tractor, he loved it!"

Trainer Alan King said: It's unbelievable. Obviously we'd hope he would run well but we weren't expecting something like that. You couldn't expect that, but obviously the step up in trip suited him and we know he does handle that ground.

"Win or lose it was always going to be his last run of the season. We'll put him away for the winter now and look forward to next summer and the Cup races.”

Owned by Barbury Lions 5, Trueshan has now won seven races out of 11 runs, including this Gr.2 and the Listed Tapster Stakes at Haydock in July, plus over £330,000 in prize money. Bred by Didier Blot, he is a half-brother to four winners in France, out of a winning daughter of General Holme, and is by far the best performer under the first three dams on his page.

A Gr.1 winner and the highest earning son of Danehill Dancer, Planteur is now at Chapel Stud and has been settling in well following his relocation from France.