The Alan King trained Trueshan is being shaped at a chance in the Group Two Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot next month.
The four year old has been a yardstick for King on the flat with consistent performances in staying events throughout the years, which has seen him land races at Ffos las, Newbury, Salisbury, Newmarket and Haydock in his career.
In his last two races he has shown that he can stay two miles, when running a respectable race in the Ebor and then coming out of that race and winning a Conditions Stakes at Salisbury.
(Credit ATR) King said: “All being well, the plan is to go to Ascot on Champions Day for the Long Distance Cup.
“He came out of the race very well and he had an easy week or so before we start building him back up for Ascot.
“He ran very well in the Ebor – and it was a good, solid performance at Salisbury to give everything bar Withhold seven pounds.”
Trueshan has tasted Listed glory before but has never competed at group level during his career and if being able to mix it with some of the best stayers in the business, he could be the dark horse.
The trainer added: “This looks the right route to go. It is a big step up in class, and we are very much on a learning curve with him.
“We want to find out where we could potentially go with him next year.”