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Commonwealth Cup 2021 Racecard

The Commonwealth Cup was added to Royal Ascot in 2015 – it is a Group 1 open to horses aged three years and run over 6 furlongs.

3:40 Fri 18 Jun COMMONWEALTH CUP

Distance: 6f 0y Age: 3yo O Prize: £198,485 Going: Soft

Analyst's Verdict

SUESA has passed each of her 4 Chantilly assignments with flying colours and is every inch a Group-1 filly in the making, so she can take this prize across the Channel for Francois Rohaut. Fellow overseas raider Campanelle landed the Queen Mary at this meeting a year ago and 6f looks her ideal trip so she is feared most, with Method interesting of the home contingent.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. A CASE OF YOU (IRE)
J: R. P. Whelan
T: Adrian McGuinness, Ireland
3
9-0
Smart colt who beat Lipizzaner in a Group 3 at the Curragh last season and had several of these in behind when getting up close home in the Lacken Stakes at Naas. This asks a different question.
2
jockey silks 2. DILIGENT HARRY
J: Hector Crouch
T: Clive Cox
3
9-0
Emerged with plenty of credit when beaten a short head by Rohaan on handicap debut and quickly resumed winning ways in the 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships at Lingfield. Turf debut up in class.
3
jockey silks 3. DRAGON SYMBOL
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Archie Watson
3
9-0
Won first 4 starts and improved again when beaten a nose by Rohaan on heavy ground in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time. That form puts him right in the mix.
4
jockey silks 4. FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
3
9-0
Found only one too good having been sent off favourite for the Mill Reef Stakes. Perhaps found soft ground against him in the Dewhurst a month later but this no easy reappearance assignment.
5
jockey silks 5. JUMBY (IRE)
J: Charles Bishop
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
3
9-0
Made a winning debut (7f) at this course last year and shaped well in a strong handicap before resuming winning ways at Newmarket (6f) last month. That form is working out but this is a jump in class.
6
jockey silks 6. LAWS OF INDICES (IRE)
J: C. D. Hayes
T: K. J. Condon, Ireland
3
9-0
Shock winner of the Railway Stakes at the Curragh prior to creditable efforts in couple of Group 1 contests. No obvious reason why he'll reverse the Lacken Stakes form with A Case of You. Tongue tied.
7
jockey silks 7. LIPIZZANER (USA)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Fourth to The Lir Jet in the Norfolk Stakes (5f) at this meeting last year and went on to win a listed event at Doncaster. Had no real excuses when only sixth to A Case of You latest. Blinkers added.
8
jockey silks 8. METHOD (IRE)
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Martyn Meade
3
9-0
Looked smart sprinter in the making when winning first 2 starts last term. Unsuited by drop to 5f when second in Newmarket Group 3 final outing and promising reappearance in the Sandy Lane Stakes.
9
jockey silks 9. MIGHTY GURKHA (IRE)
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
3
9-0
Useful front runner who won an AW Group 3 last autumn. Ran up to form when fourth of 8 in the Pavilion Stakes over C&D in April and dominating this field likely too big an ask.
10
jockey silks 10. SAINT LAWRENCE (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Roger Varian
3
9-0
Confirmed promise of return when finishing one-and-a-quarter-length second to Rohaan in the Pavilion Stakes over C&D. Cheekpieces perhaps backfired when well held in the Shady Lane. NON RUNNER.
11
jockey silks 11. SUPREMACY (IRE)
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
3
9-0
Most-progressive juvenile, recording notable wins in the Richmond and Middle Park Stakes. Flopped under a penalty in the Pavilion Stakes on reappearance and blinkers now reached for.
12
jockey silks 12. THE LIR JET (IRE)
J: Cieren Fallon
T: Michael Bell
3
9-0
Norfolk Stakes winner a year ago. Hasn’t really progressed though, unable to build on an encouraging reappearance in the Greenham Stakes (7f) when finishing last in the Sandy Lane. Headgear fitted.
13
jockey silks 13. CAMPANELLE (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
3
8-11
Queen Mary winner who completed hat-trick in the Prix Morny at Deauville before losing unbeaten record upped to 1m in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland. This her long-term target.
14
jockey silks 14. DANDALLA (IRE)
J: Ben Curtis
T: K. R. Burke
3
8-11
Triple-winner as a juvenile, including the Albany at this meeting but a couple of heavy defeats this spring raise serious questions.
15
jockey silks 15. HAPPY ROMANCE (IRE)
J: Sean Levey
T: Richard Hannon
3
8-11
Useful juvenile who picked up some nice prizes before a creditable fourth in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket. Needs to leave latest fifth at Newbury well behind to feature in this.
16
jockey silks 16. ISABELLA GILES (IRE)
J: Hector Crouch
T: Clive Cox
3
8-11
Won 4 times in 2020, including Prestige Stakes at Goodwood and Rockfel at Newmarket. Form has rather levelled off this term and she's back in Group 1 company here.
17
jockey silks 17. MEASURE OF MAGIC (IRE)
J: Ben Martin Coen
T: John Patrick Murtagh, Ireland
3
8-11
Consistent last year but has taken her form to another level this time around, winning a couple of listed races at Navan and Cork. Had plenty in hand latterly and she's worth a shot at this grade.
18
jockey silks 18. MISS AMULET (IRE)
J: William James Lee
T: K. J. Condon, Ireland
3
8-11
Runner-up in the Cheveley Park Stakes and third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to end 2020. Well beaten in the Irish 1000 Guineas on reappearance but 6f and better ground will suit.
19
jockey silks 19. MOONEISTA (IRE)
J: W. M. Lordan
T: Jack W. Davison, Ireland
3
8-11
Won a listed event (5f) at Naas in April and was narrowly beaten by A Case of You in the Lacken Stakes last time (demoted to third for bumping rival). Progressive filly but this asks for more.
20
jockey silks 20. SACRED
J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
8-11
Flattered to deceive at 2 yrs but fitted with a tongue tie, she made winning return in the Nell Gwyn Stakes (7f) at Newmarket. Didn’t appear to stay in the 1000 Guineas and this test more suitable.
21
jockey silks 21. SUESA (IRE)
J: William Buick
T: Francois Rohaut, France
3
8-11
Unbeaten in 4 races at Chantilly, namely newcomers/listed race at 2 (for Carlos Laffon-Parias) and a pair of Group 3s (latter from Louliana, who won a listed next time) this spring. Strong claims.

Betting Forecast : 5/1 5 SUESA, 11/2 5.5 CAMPANELLE, 9/1 9 DRAGON SYMBOL, 12/1 12 SUPREMACY, 16/1 16 DILIGENT HARRY, 16/1 16 JUMBY, 20/1 20 FIVETHOUSANDTOONE, 22/1 22 METHOD, 22/1 22 MEASURE OF MAGIC, 22/1 22 A CASE OF YOU, 25/1 25 MISS AMULET, 28/1 28 SACRED, 33/1 33 MOONEISTA, 33/1 33 LAWS OF INDICES, 40/1 40 DANDALLA, 40/1 40 ISABELLA GILES, 50/1 50 HAPPY ROMANCE, 50/1 50 LIPIZZANER, 50/1 50 THE LIR JET, 150/1 150 MIGHTY GURKHA

A Group 1 over six furlongs, it is scheduled as the third race on day four of the meeting, which is the Friday, and provides three-year-old sprinters with an opportunity to race against their own age group at the highest level, instead of having to take on their elders in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over the same course and distance. It is also the only Group 1 flat race in Great Britain exclusively for three-year-olds that allows geldings to compete.

So far, four different trainers and four different jockeys having added their names to the roll of honour. Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has set himself apart from the other owners in the race, though. He won the inaugural renewal of the Commonwealth Cup with the Charlie Hills-trained Muhaarar in 2015, and added a second success courtesy of Eqtidaar, who beat 21 rivals – the biggest field yet for the race – when coming out on top for Sir Michael Stoute in 2018.

Quiet Reflection became the first filly to win the Commonwealth Cup in 2016, while the renewal won by Caravaggio 12 months later remains arguably the best in the race’s brief history. Admittedly, the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner failed to score again at the highest level, but the placed horses certainly did their bit for the form. The runner-up Harry Angel won both the July Cup and Sprint Cup later that season, while the third Blue Point proved better than ever when returning to Royal Ascot to win the King’s Stand Stakes in 2018.

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Commonwealth Cup 2021 FAQs

What distance is the Commonwealth Cup?

6 furlongs

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Friday

What time is the Commonwealth Cup?

15:40

What weights are carried in the Commonwealth Cup?

9 st 3 lb for colts, 9 st for fillies. 10 lb allowance for Southern Hemisphere-trained horses

What is the purse for the Commonwealth Cup?

£250,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Commonwealth Cup*?

Dane O’Neill, Dougie Costello, Ryan Moore and Jim Crowley have all recorded one win apiece

Who is the leading trainer in the Commonwealth Cup*?

Charlie Hills, Karl Burke, Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute have all recorded one win apiece

Who won the Commonwealth Cup?

You can check out our Commonwealth Cup results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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