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Commonwealth Cup 2020 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.

3:35

Friday 19 June

Distance: 6f 0y Age: 3yo O Prize: £250000 Going: Good to Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. ABERAMA GOLD
J: Shane Gray
T: Keith Dalgleish
3
9-0
Useful form when winning 6f listed race at York in October. That very much a standout effort, and having been well held in a Group 3 on reappearance, he's right up against it.

2
Jocket Silks 2. DUBAI STATION
J: Ben Curtis
T: K. R. Burke
3
9-0
Backed at long odds and that confidence wasn't misplaced as he landed the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes on reappearance/AW debut. Fortunate winner given how the runner-up shaped, and this asks a lot more.

3
Jocket Silks 3. GOLDEN HORDE (IRE)
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
3
9-0
Shaped better than result in last year's Coventry and posted a smart effort when landing Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. Even better form when second in the Middle Park and he's one to consider.

4
Jocket Silks 4. LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Understandably no match for Pinatubo in last year's Chesham/Vintage Stakes but did gain second win in Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh. Excellent third in Irish 2000 Guineas a week ago.

5
Jocket Silks 5. MUMS TIPPLE (IRE)
J: Sean Levey
T: Richard Hannon
3
9-0
Produced a huge performance to land valuable 6f sales race at York's Ebor meeting by 11 lengths. Bubble has rather burst both runs since, though likely to be ridden more prominently back at 6f.

6
Jocket Silks 6. PIERRE LAPIN (IRE)
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
3
9-0
Half-brother to top-class sprinter Harry Angel, who was second in this in 2017. Maintained unbeaten record with a bit to spare in Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and he's sure to make a better 3-y-o.

7
Jocket Silks 7. PISTOLETTO (USA)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Came to hand early last year, winning first 2 starts over 5f. Signed off campaign with an excellent second in the Cornwallis Stakes (that race didn't work out) and fit from a run at Naas.

8
Jocket Silks 8. ROYAL COMMANDO (IRE)
J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
3
9-0
Built on debut promise when landing a 4-runner Doncaster maiden in July. Limitations rather exposed later in year.

9
Jocket Silks 9. ROYAL CRUSADE
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-0
Looked an exciting prospect when landing odds in a 7f Newmarket maiden on debut in August. Didn't do a lot wrong when runner-up in Group races during the autumn and he retains potential.

10
Jocket Silks 10. ROYAL LYTHAM (FR)
J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Denied a clear run in the Coventry and stepped up a lot on that when landing Group 2 July Stake at Newmarket a month later. Pleasing-enough effort in the 2000 Guineas a week ago.

11
Jocket Silks 11. SOUTHERN HILLS (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Rare feat of breaking his maiden status at the Royal Meeting when landing the Windsor Castle in 2019. Off since but couldn't be in better hands.

12
Jocket Silks 12. VENTURA REBEL
J: Tony Hamilton
T: Richard Fahey
3
9-0
Landed first 2 starts and improved further when runner-up behind A'Ali in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot. Failed to land cramped odds in the Super Sprint and needed to see slightly more on reappearance.

13
Jocket Silks 13. WOODED (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Francis-Henri Graffard, France
3
9-0
Raced exclusively over 7f as a juvenile but looked a 6f natural when a decisive winner of the Prix Texanita at Chantilly on reappearance in May. That is just about the best form on offer. NON RUNNER.

14
Jocket Silks 14. KIMARI (USA)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
3
8-11
Showed terrific speed when runner-up in the Queen Mary last year. Added fourth win from 6 starts in listed race at Oaklawn in April and she adds intrigue to the race.

15
Jocket Silks 15. LES HOGUES (IRE)
J: Shane Kelly
T: George Baker
3
8-11
Showed useful form in France last season for Jean-Claude Rouget, best efforts when winning listed race at La Teste and a close second in Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte. Outclassed in the 1000 Guineas.

16
Jocket Silks 16. MILLISLE (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
3
8-11
Progressed well over sprint trips last year, ending the season in great style in the Cheveley Park, forging clear. Failed to meet expectations in the 1000 Guineas but turned out quickly back at 6f.

17
Jocket Silks 17. SHADN (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
3
8-11
Took her form to a new level when beating the colts in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. Never a factor pitched into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

Analyst's Verdict

PIERRE LAPIN's half-brother Harry Angel finished runner-up in a hot renewal of this in 2017 and Roger Varian's exciting colt is taken to remain unbeaten given he seems sure to improve as a 3-y-o. Golden Horde brings a Group 1 placed effort to the table, while Kimari adds intrigue to the race.

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 2020 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?

15:35

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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