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Commonwealth Cup

15:40 Royal Ascot

2022-06-17

Winner: £283550

Runners: 20

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m6f0yy

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The Commonwealth Cup is a Group 1 contest run over 6f. It takes place at 15:05 on Friday 23rd June, which is the fourth day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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10(14)
1-24
silk
Rizg

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Roger Varian
3
9-2
102
120
Thrice-raced colt who ran well at Newbury most recently, finishing fourth to Tiber Flow; still unexposed but he's well down this pack on ratings; first-time headgear needs to prompt a much bigger figure.
2(8)
147-35
silk
Cadamosto

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
9-2
101
116
Ballydoyle colt; close fourth in the Norfolk here 12 months ago but no further progress, most recently fifth to Tiber Flow at Newbury; first-time blinkers need to prompt a much bigger effort on the figures.
18(7)
614-21
silk
Miramar

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J: Ronan Thomas
T: C & Y Lerner
3
8-13
104
119
French challenger; showed improvement to win the Prix Sigy at Chantilly (5.5f, good; Group 3) two months ago; however, faces a stiffer task at this hotter level and will do well to follow up.
1(10)
339-14
silk
Boonie

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J: Kevin Stott
T: Kevin Ryan
3
9-2
99
111
Has raced only at 5f; finished third in the Windsor Castle here last year; scored at Nottingham two starts ago (reappearance); near the bottom of this pack on ratings and doesn't seem to be crying out for a stiff 6f.
5(12)
11-612
silk
Flaming Rib

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J: James Doyle
T: Hugo Palmer
3
9-2
111
126
Last six starts over sprint distances have resulted in form figures of 111112, including 6f Listed win at Doncaster; neck second to El Caballo in Haydock Group 2 most recently, showing further improvement; brings a solid profile and should go well again.
15(5)
321-43
silk
Wings Of War

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
3
9-2
109
122
Narrowly beat Hierarchy in last year's Mill Reef; last of four (below best) in the Commonwealth Cup Trial on reappearance but consistent otherwise; bounced back (with cheekpieces applied) at Haydock last time, finishing third behind El Caballo and Flaming Rib; looks set to go well again.
4(20)
1-1111
silk
El Caballo

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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
3
9-2
112
127
Highly progressive colt who narrowly beat Tiber Flow at Newcastle on Good Friday, taking AW record to 4-4; subsequently held on by a neck from Flaming Rib in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good; Group 2), taking turf record to 2-3; gritty rather than impressive in those last two performances but keeps getting the job done; major player.
7(4)
472-14
silk
Go Bears Go

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: David Loughnane
3
9-2
111
126
Smart colt who has a consistent record over sprint trips and form figures of 121 at Ascot, including a good effort (head behind Perfect Power) in last year's Norfolk; made all in the Commonwealth Cup Trial back here (good to firm) in April, then wasn't disgraced in the Sandy Lane considering he stumbled badly at the start; solid contender.
20(16)
21110-
silk
Zain Claudette

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J: Sean Levey
T: Ismail Mohammed
3
8-13
108
123
Form dipped sharply in the Cheveley Park Stakes when last seen; progressive 6f filly otherwise as a 2yo, including wins in the Princess Margaret here and Lowther at York; tongue-tie now applied; may still have more to offer but this looks a demanding task on reappearance.
16(9)
612-42
silk
Flotus

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
3
8-13
111
126
Good second in the Cheveley Park Stakes on final 2yo start; below that form in two Listed contests this season, latest at Haydock where she went close but was beaten by a much lower-rated filly; bit to prove.
14(11)
3510-1
silk
Twilight Jet

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J: Leigh Roche
T: M D O'Callaghan
3
9-2
114
129
Finished behind Perfect Power and Go Bears Go in some major events last season but has improved steadily with racing and won the Cornwallis (5f) in October; made all for 3l success in Group 3 at Naas (6f, good) on reappearance and looks set for a productive 3yo campaign; his new rating is very respectable.
9(1)
511-17
silk
Perfect Power

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J: Christophe Soumillon
T: Richard Fahey
3
9-2
115
130
Productive 2yo campaign included wins in the Norfolk here (on fast ground), the Morny and Middle Park; justified favouritism upped to 7f in the Greenham on reappearance, then failed to convince with stamina over 1m in the 2,000 Guineas (midfield); progressive at sprint trips and has plenty of class; big player returned to sprinting and this looks an ideal race for him.
12(18)
3116-1
silk
Slipstream

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J: Joel Rosario
T: Christophe Clement
3
9-2
108
123
Improving US colt who ran creditably in Breeders' Cup race at Del Mar (1m) on final 2yo start; scored at Keeneland (5.5f, good; Listed) in April, taking record to 3-6 and adding to his Grade 3 win (6f) last October; the first of two interesting runners on the card for Christophe Clement.
6(15)
626-39
silk
Gis A Sub

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Kevin Ryan
3
9-2
102
117
Good second in last year's Gimcrack; has not repeated that form in three runs since, latest at Haydock where he was behind some of these rivals; first-time headgear needs to have major effect.
11(19)
3454-3
silk
Sam Maximus

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J: P J McDonald
T: James Horton
3
9-2
105
118
Peak 2yo effort (for Tom Dascombe) came in the July Stakes, finishing third; filled that position (behind Tiber Flow and Ehraz) at Newbury on debut for new yard; useful sort but needs to improve.
19(3)
118-41
silk
Sacred Bridge

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J: Colin Keane
T: G M Lyons
3
8-13
107
123
Bubble was burst when disappointing favourite in the Cheveley Park Stakes (4-4 previously) and she suffered another defeat on reappearance; regained the winning thread at Cork (5.5f Listed) six weeks ago, though had little to spare; needs a personal best to win this major event.
3(2)
215-32
silk
Ehraz

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Richard Hannon
3
9-2
106
125
Has raced only on good/firmer; emphatic C&D winner as a 2yo; seemed to need the run here (race won by Go Bears Go) on reappearance, then nearly collared Tiber Flow in 6f Listed event at Newbury where finishing very strongly and giving the impression he'll be well suited by this fast-pace, big-field scenario back at Ascot; respected with further improvement on the cards.
8(17)
326-26
silk
Hierarchy

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J: James McDonald
T: Hugo Palmer
3
9-2
107
121
Form dipped at Newbury last month, finishing behind several of these opponents; consistent otherwise and ran creditably behind Go Bears Go here in April; however, needs improvement to land this big prize.
17(6)
13-
silk
Hala Hala Athmani

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J: William Buick
T: Kevin Ryan
3
8-13
97
113
Plenty of promise over 6f last term, winning easily at Carlisle then close third in Ayr Group 3; bred for this occasion, being a half-sister to Hello Youmzain who finished third in this race in 2019 and won 6f Group 1 here in 2020; brings potential to this reappearance assignment.
13(13)
1-1121
silk
Tiber Flow

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
107
126
Ties in closely with two of today's main players, as he nearly beat El Caballo at Newcastle in April then just clung on from the fast-finishing Ehraz at Newbury (6f Listed; turf debut) last month; progressive colt whose record is now 4-5; sire Caravaggio won this contest in 2017; major contender provided he's effective in first-time headgear.

Verdict

This race looks tailor-made for EHRAZ judged on his strong-finishing effort last time. Second choice is Go Bears Go.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • At least one top-two finish within last two starts, 7/7
  • Distance winner, 7/7
  • Group-race winner, 6/7
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 128, 6/7
  • Rated within 3lb of RPR top-rated, 6/7 (two top-rated)
  • Top-three finish at the track, 5/7
Other factors
  • Three winners contested the Coventry the previous season, finishing 125, while another had won the Queen Mary.
  • One had run in the 2,000 Guineas and one in the French Guineas, both well beaten.
  • 25 fillies have run, finishing 3900014570002525000986431.

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