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stay the distance

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can muster through to the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the American team stayed the distance and managed to earn a draw at the end of the match.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the distance when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
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Both will be suited by this return to a longer trip, but Bagan has no trouble staying the distance either, judged on the Ludlow evidence, and his superior Flat speed can prove a race-winning weapon under today's conditions, especially in receipt of 4lb.
None of the contenders for today's renewal was bred with the intention of staying the distance. None has a sire who competed over the trip.
I don't think he'll have any problems staying the distance in the Gold Cup," Durack added.