Long Distance Cup Run For Coltrane Up In The Air

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


Group Two Doncaster Cup winner Coltrane might be a doubt for his final run of the season in the Group Two Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday with trainer Andrew Balding stating he is in good form but has had a lot of runs this season.

The five year old son of Mastercraftsman has been seen eight times this season performing to a very consistent level, placing in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup and Chester Cup whilst also going on to win at Royal Ascot and in the Group Two Doncaster Cup when last seen.

He could take on Trueshan again this weekend having beat him last time out at Town Moor but his handler Balding is concerned could prove to be one run too many for his stayer.

(Credit ATR) “Coltrane is in great form, but he’s had a long year,” said the Kingsclere handler.

“I know I said that before Doncaster too, but he worked almost too well on Saturday – he flew, or at least he did by his standards – and that’s sometimes an indication that they are going over the top.”

Coltrane is currently a 7/1 shot to take his second Group Two race of the season but any ante-post backers might want to wait until he is officially declared for the first race on British Champions Day on Thursday.