Long Distance Cup: Trueshan could miss Ascot defence due to quick ground says trainer Alan King

Long Distance Cup: Trueshan could miss Ascot defence due to quick ground says trainer Alan King

Trueshan was beaten at long odds-on last time at the Doncaster Cup; the stayer requires cut in the ground, with showers expected ahead of Saturday’s Long Distance Cup; watch every race on Champions Day, live on Sky Sports Racing

Alan King may wait for the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp should the ground prove too quick for Trueshan ahead of Saturday’s Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

The crack stayer needs plenty of cut underfoot if he is to run at Ascot this weekend, with his defence of the Group Two prize he won last year dependent on the weather, with a dry early part of the week forecast before showers from Thursday.

King said: “The plan is to run him at Ascot, but I am a wee bit concerned looking at the forecast, to be honest.

“He is in good form, but we will need rain and I do have the option of waiting for the Royal-Oak the following week, in which we’d almost certainly get soft ground, if we have to wait.

Though beaten a neck by Coltrane when long odds-on in the Doncaster Cup when last seen, King reports him in fine fettle.

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