15:40 Royal Ascot

Friday 22 June 2018

All14:3015:0515:4016:2017:0017:35

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Class 1  |   6f  |   Good to Firm (Watered)  |   22 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:42  |   Winning time: 1m 12.12s

1
(14)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: T Eaves |  T: D Carroll|  OR: 104
100/1

Group 3 winner at the end of 2017. Well beaten over C&D on return in ground that wouldn't be ideal but shaped like he would benefit from a 6f trip as a juvenile and while he has a bit to find on ratings, he's hard to put a line through.

2
(7)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: S De Sousa |  T: M Johnston|  OR: 105|  D
25/1

Group 2 winner last year and returned to form with a win in Listed class last time but he tends to struggle at the top level and he's more exposed than most in here.

3
(11)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: L Dettori |  T: J H M Gosden|  OR: 106|  D
12/1

Won two of his first three starts and not disgraced when stepped up to Group company at Haydock last time when third of eight. Has a bit on to turn the form around with the rivals in front of him that day but less exposed and should improve.

4
(12)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Dane O'Neill |  T: Owen Burrows|  OR: 103|  D
80/1

Won a Listed race at Ripon in August and returned with a solid effort in a C&D Group 3 on his first start since a wind op last time. Crowley prefers Eqtidaar who finished in front of him that day though and needs to have improved in the interim.

5
(3)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Jim Crowley |  T: Sir Michael Stoute|  OR: 107|  D
12/1

Runner-up behind Invincible Army here in a C&D Group 3 two starts back but only ran to a similar level in Listed class last time and needs vast improvement to be involved at this level.

6
(2)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: James McDonald |  T: C Hills|  OR: 105|  BF|  D
6/1

Produced a breath taking performance when winning at Doncaster on debut. Beat a subsequent dual winner by 8L that day very easily and with the possibility of more progress to come, he's the one to beat in this line up.

7
(18)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: I Mendizabal |  T: H J L Dunlop|  OR: 104|  D
100/1

Finished last year with a win in Group 2 class but hasn't returned in any sort of form this time around and he's hard to fancy with all his best form coming on a softer surface than what he gets here.

8
(20)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: W M Lordan |  T: A P O'Brien|  OR: 111|  D
16/1

In good form throughout last year and came on from his reappearance with a good second at Naas last time in a Group 3. Moore prefers Sioux Nation, the rival who got the better of him last time but 6f on fast ground seem his optimum conditions.

9
(17)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: John Velazquez |  T: Todd Pletcher|  OR: 106
40/1

Only narrowly beaten in a Grade 3 at Gulfstream Park last year and his won both starts since. Impressive on his return over 7f and probably has the speed for the drop back in trip here but he will need to take his form to a new level to win this.

10
(1)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Kevin Stott |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 108|  D
40/1

Finished a good fourth in an end of season Group 1 at Newmarket last year. That form line hasn't proved to be the strongest for the grade though and he was beaten in a Listed race at York last time out. More needed.

11
(16)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: James Doyle |  T: J Tate|  OR: 112|  BF|  CD
9/2

Ultra consistent and gained a deserved win a Group 3 at Kempton in 2017. Won a C&D Group 3 on return and just touched off by Sands Of Mali in a decent race at Haydock last time but he looks a little vulnerable from a win perspective here.

12
(4)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Andrea Atzeni |  T: R Varian|  OR: 101
33/1

Won the valuable sales race at Doncaster last year but struggled when upped in class here on his return and well beaten last time at Hamilton last time out. Likely to struggle up at this level on all known form.

13
(21)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: W Buick |  T: C Appleby|  OR: 103|  BF|  D
25/1

Very smart two-year-old who won on return at Doncaster. Beaten in a Listed race at York last time out though and suspicion is he may not be quite as effective as a three-year-old.

14
(22)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: P Hanagan |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 116|  D
15/2

Beat Invincible Army in a Group 2 at York last year and the pair filled the same places at Haydock last time when landing his second Group 2, though his rival finished closer on this occasion. More needed up in this class but has each-way claims.

15
(15)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: R L Moore |  T: A P O'Brien|  OR: 114|  C|  D
11/4

Won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, a race that often works out well, and while he disappointed in two subsequent starts, he returned to form with a Group 3 win at Naas last time. Sure to appreciate conditions and should be bang there.

16
(13)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: D O'Brien |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 106|  CD
25/1

Won two of his three starts as a juvenile including a Listed race but has work on to reverse the form with the Aidan O'Brien pair that finished in front of him last time out at Naas. Others preferred.

17
(10)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Oisin Murphy |  T: A M Balding|  OR: 95|  D
50/1

Won two of his three starts for his previous yard on AW but well beaten on return and turf debut in a Listed race at Newbury and it's hard to see where he will find the required improvement to land any sort of blow at this level.

18
(19)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Tony Piccone |  T: K R Burke|  OR: 114|  D
50/1

Group 1 Prix Morny winner last year in a one-two for this trainer and has shown all his best form in France. Beaten behind a few of these last time at Haydock but may have needed that run and yard are in better form now.; shouldn't be discounted.

19
(5)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: J A Heffernan |  T: A P O'Brien|  OR: 106|  D
40/1

Dual Group 3 winning filly but she has struggled to land a blow at this sort of level before and finished well behind several of these in a Group 2 at Haydock two starts back; hard to see her reversing that form.

20
(8)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: A Kirby |  T: C G Cox|  OR: 110|  C
28/1

Dual Group 2 winner who was well beaten in a Group 2 at Haydock on return behind several of these. Shaped like she was in need of the run that day though and possible she may resume progress here. Each-way claims.

21
(6)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: D Tudhope |  T: M L W Bell|  OR: 100
20/1

Puts her unbeaten record on the line here after three wins, (two Listed). While she may come on for her York win last time and the step up in trip may see her improve, it's hard to imagine she will have improved enough in the interim for this.

22
(9)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: J P Spencer |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 102
50/1

Just has a maiden win to her name but she ran some huge races as a juvenile and not beaten all that far behind Sioux Nation and two others last time out. Will need to improve though and she's the second string on jockey bookings.

Betting

Forecast

Sioux Nation (11/4), Invincible Army (9/2), Equilateral (6/1), Sands Of Mali (15/2), Eqtidaar (12/1), Emblazoned (12/1), Fleet Review (16/1), Main Desire (20/1), Roussel (25/1), Cardsharp (25/1), Speak In Colours (25/1), Heartache (28/1), Laugh A Minute (33/1), Hey Jonesy (40/1), Gidu (40/1), Actress (40/1), Stone Of Destiny (50/1), Unfortunately (50/1), Now You're Talking (50/1), Enjazaat (80/1), Fighting Irish (100/1), Abel Handy (100/1)

Verdict
There was something a little bit special about the way EQUILATERAL won at Doncaster on his return and given that he brings a different profile into the race than many of his rivals, he's taken to take this step up in class in his stride here. Sioux Nation returned to form last time out and will relish a return to fast ground here for the yard that won this last year. If there's one that may have gone under the radar coming into this, Clive Cox's filly Heartache may get over looked in the market after a disappointing run last time out but there's a fair chance she will have needed that outing.
  1. Equilateral
  2. Sioux Nation
  3. Heartache

Previous Winners

2017
Caravaggio
Weight: 9-3  |Age: 3
Weight: 9-3  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: R L Moore
  |  
T: A P O'Brien
5/6
Prize Money
1st:
£283,550.00
2nd:
£107,500.00
3rd:
£53,800.00
4th:
£26,800.00
5th:
£13,450.00
6th:
£6,750.00

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