The first selection of the afternoon from Ascot comes in the Group Two Long Distance Cup over two miles and we can't look past the favourite Trueshan.
Having won last season’s renewal at the end of the campaign it firmly put Trueshan in the mix for a go at the staying races this season.
His dominant display over two miles on soft ground at Ascot in October saw him go off second favourite for the Ormonde Stakes at Chester but found the trip and course too taxing for speed to get the better of Japan.
Missing the gold cup due to the underfoot conditions, he instead tried to shoulder top weight in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, but a rating of 118 left him giving away too much weight to the rest of the field.
Since then he has waited for his perfect conditions and got that in the Group Two Goodwood Cup where he went on to rout a good field of stayers by close to four lengths.
Skipping the Doncaster Cup he headed into the Group One Prix Du Cadran in France and getting his ideal trip and ground he went to battle with Stradivarius and beat him by close to five lengths.
Juice in the ground is key to this horse and he looks like getting it.