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Commonwealth Cup Result 2018: Eqtidaar wins a thriller
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The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Eqtidaar won the Commonwealth Cup that was run at a strong pace. He travelled well throughout until jockey Jim Crowley produced him to lead over a furlong out, and he stayed on best to beat Sands of Mali in second. John Gosden's Emblazoned finished third under Frankie Dettori.
Former champion @JimCrowley1978 steers 12/1 shot Eqtidaar to victory in the fourth renewal of the Commonwealth Cup - a second for Hamdan Al Maktoum @ShadwellStud
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Stoute said: "We have always liked this horse. I thought things just didn't go quite right for him the first time he ran here in the Pavilion Stakes. Then at Newbury last time, he was on the wrong side of the track and at halfway was too far out of his ground.
"He worked very well the other weekend under Jim Crowley, so we were hopeful.
"He just showed how talented [a sprinter] he is. We have had some good ones like Marwell, Ajdal, and Green Desert. He is progressing nicely."
Eqtidaar was given a quote of 16/1 for the G1 Darley July Cup, but Sir Michael said he would have to discuss options with the Sheikh before making a plan for the colt.
Jockey Crowley said: "Things did not pan out last time as we were on the wrong part of the track, whereas today we got a lovely tow into the race. It went like clockwork really.
"I knew his potential. He had been working unbelievably well, and you could make excuses for his last two starts. We knew coming here today that he would have a great chance."
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