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15:05 Ascot

Good To Firm

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

  • Prize money: £340260
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
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Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 911-11 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Well treated off 94 in Newmarket handicap on 2,000 Guineas day, then comfortably followed up in Newbury Listed event that's become a recognised stepping stone to the Commonwealth Cup; acts on most ground; seems highly strung (mounted in chute and taken down early last time; has displayed other quirkiness) so needs to show he can handle the atmosphere of this huge occasion; otherwise an improving colt who is 4-4 over 6f and holds major claims.

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16th

11

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Shaquille

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Julie Camacho

It's a concern he's reared at the start and been slowly away the last twice, but he recovered each time to post impressive Group 1 wins in the Commonwealth Cup (6f, good to firm) and the July Cup (6f, good to soft); has won seven of his eight starts and on form he stands out as the one to beat.

10/11

1st

9

(9)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Shaquille

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Julie Camacho

reared start and slowly away, pulled hard, raced in last, rapid headway and went second 4f out, led under 3f out, ridden and hung left final furlong, kept on well

3/1

1st

8

(4)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Shaquille

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Julie Camacho

reared start and slowly away

9/1

Evs

  • Place: £1.01

Form: 111-01 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Had a few excuses for his 2,000 Guineas flop; star performer over sprint distances otherwise and subsequently justified favouritism in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good to firm; beat Shouldvebeenaring) where he gained an advantage by racing near the stands' rail but won well enough to think he retains plenty of his juvenile talent; crowned last year's European champion 2yo having been so impressive in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on good ground, and that brilliant success represents the best form in this field; won the Windsor Castle here 12 months ago; has to be greatly feared.

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8th

8

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Crowned the European champion 2yo last term; it's still not totally clear that he has fully trained on, having taken advantage of a near-side track bias at Haydock (won Group 2) in May then failed to justify favouritism (beaten just over 1l by Shaquille) in the Commonwealth Cup, but those bare performances still represent smart form; brilliant in Curragh Group 1 last August and that power-packed display is not yet forgotten.

4/1

2nd

2

(2)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Had a few excuses for his 2,000 Guineas flop; star performer over sprint distances otherwise and subsequently justified favouritism in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good to firm; beat Shouldvebeenaring) where he gained an advantage by racing near the stands' rail but won well enough to think he retains plenty of his juvenile talent; crowned last year's European champion 2yo having been so impressive in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on good ground, and that brilliant success represents the best form in this field; won the Windsor Castle here 12 months ago; has to be greatly feared.

Evs

1st

4

(7)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: A P O’Brien

Carried all before him as a 2yo, signing off with convincing 7l success in Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good; made virtually all); returned sore and wasn't seen again until the 2,000 Guineas when he pulled hard and folded tamely, finishing lame; today's drop back down in distance seems an obvious move, and he's the one to beat if back to his best, but there must be a question mark after such a poor run just three weeks ago.

11/8

40/1

  • Place: £14.35

Form: 114-30 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Has tackled longer trips this term, finishing third in the Fred Darling then last of ten (looked a non-stayer over 1m) in the Pouliches; had some useful 2yo form over 6f, namely a success in the Lowther and fourth to Lezoo in the Cheveley Park Stakes, both on good ground; not fully exposed at this distance.

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4th

15

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Swingalong

9st 0lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Last year's Lowther Stakes winner; has done well since dropped back to 6f this season, making all in Group 3 Summer Stakes back at York and not beaten far when fourth in last month's Sprint Cup at Haydock; however, others have superior form and her best efforts have come on good ground or firmer.

22/1

4th

17

(18)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Swingalong

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Won Group 2 Lowther at York (6f, good) last August and was third to Shaquille in Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) in June prior to making all in Group 3 Summer Stakes at York (6f, good) in July; she's a highly likeable 3yo filly but others have superior form.

20/1

Form: 132-12

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Irish filly whose form figures read 13212; recorded a 6l success in Listed grade at Navan (5.7f, heavy) on seasonal debut, then nearly followed up in Group 3 at Naas (6f, good) where she finished strongly and failed only narrowly to collar a solid Ballydoyle colt, faring clear best of the high-drawn runners; progressing nicely and has hitherto proved a solid performer; very appealing.

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2nd

8

(7)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Ocean Quest

9st 7lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, switched right from 2f out, headway when ridden from over 1f out, went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

3/1

66/1

Form: 4141-6 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Juvenile season featured wins in Glorious Goodwood nursery over 6f and Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket over 5f; made no impact under a penalty in Listed grade at Newbury (race won by Shaquille) on reappearance and he looks a long way from top-tier material; towards the bottom of this pack on ratings.

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11th

2

(12)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Rumstar

9st 12lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Jonathan Portman

Three wins as a 2yo, notably the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes (5f, good); found life tough in hot company as a 3yo but achieved enough to maintain a lofty handicap rating; gelded prior to his reappearance; heavy ground an unknown.

14/1

7th

8

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rumstar

9st 3lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jonathan Portman

Won the Cornwallis a year ago; not totally solid on 2023 form and was possibly flattered by his 80-1 fifth in Commonwealth Cup; however, ties in with Commanche Falls and Annaf on bare Newbury running in July.

12/1

6th
13 (11)
Queen Me

40/1

Form: 123-9 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Non-stayer over 1m in the 1,000 Guineas on sole start this season; promising over 6f (on good/good to soft) last term, notably going close behind Swingalong in the Lowther at York on the second of those three appearances; has something to find on the figures but this drop back in distance looks a big plus and she may rate higher yet.

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4th

11

(8)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Queen Me

9st 11lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Kevin Ryan

in touch with leaders, smooth headway disputing second under 2f out, kept on but lost two places towards finish

6/1

8th

8

(4)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 1

14:50 Ayr

Queen Me

9st 0lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Won on debut last July (6f, good to soft) and placed in 2yo Group races the next twice (including here); respectable sixth in Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) and, although she failed to threaten in last month's Nunthorpe, she could be firmly involved now back down in grade.

4/1

11th

15

(1)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Queen Me

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Kevin Ryan

Went close in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes here (6f, good) last August on her second 2yo start and ran well for a long way when sixth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) last time; lightly raced and this first attempt at 5f may be a plus but she has plenty to find on form.

40/1

Form: 152312 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

His most recent win came in 7f Listed event at Newmarket two starts ago; appeared to run very well behind Little Big Bear at Haydock on the return to 6f, though is possibly flattered the way the race panned out (had the near-side advantage for most of the way and nothing behind the first two showed their form); that said, he's tough and largely consistent so could go well again.

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10th

9

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Shouldvebeenaring

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; tough colt who scored in Listed grade here last May and ended his 2023 campaign with placed efforts at Group 1 level over 6f/7f in Britain/France; major contender with AW reappearance under his belt.

9/2

OUR TIP

25/1

Form: 1141-8 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Ran poorly in the Commonwealth Cup Trial over C&D on sole outing this term, therefore still needs to prove he's trained on; however, developed well during a 2yo campaign that included wins in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton (6f, AW) and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland (5.5f, firm); possibilities if tapping back into that advancement; tongue-tie applied.

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No Results Found

Form: 111-63 C BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

High-profile colt whose speed looked somewhat blunted and who got going too late in the Newbury Listed race won by Shaquille, having been trained for the 2,000 Guineas where he didn't quite get home over 1m; one of the leading 2yos in his unbeaten 2022 campaign that culminated in an above-standard success in the Gimcrack at York (6f, good); major player if back to that very smart form and readjusting to sprint pace; fitting of cheekpieces may help in that respect.

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15th

1

(6)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Noble Style

9st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

3-3 as a 2yo, notably coming from well back to win the Gimcrack at York (6f, good); sixth in last season's 2000 Guineas on his reappearance but a shade disappointing returned to sprinting afterwards; gelded prior to his Chester fourth (also tried blinkered) when last seen nine months ago; perhaps getting back on a forecast sound surface will help and his style of racing should be suited by the demands of a big-field handicap.

7/1

4th

4

(4)

6th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 17y

Class 1

15:38 Chester

Noble Style

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

3-3 as a 2yo and ran with credit when sixth in the 2,000 Guineas on his return, but only third of seven behind Shaquille at Newbury (6f, good; 8-11) in May and finished further behind that rival in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot (6f, good to firm; first-time cheekpieces) the following month; has been gelded since and blinkers are now given a go; major chance on these terms, but he has something to prove.

15/8

9th

5

(5)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Noble Style

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

dwelt start

12/1

10th
11 (14)
Lezoo

8/1

Form: 1211-8 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Non-stayer in the 1,000 Guineas on sole outing this term, confirming that she's best going down the Commonwealth Cup route, and therefore has a similar profile to male counterpart Sakheer; recorded form figures of 11211 (on good/firmer; mostly over 6f) during her solid 2yo campaign, including wins in the Princess Margaret here and Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket; the second-place finish came behind subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Mawj; could well resume her progress dropped back in distance; worthy of respect.

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12th

16

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Lezoo

9st 0lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Won the Group 1 Cheveley Park at Newmarket (6f, good) last September and left her first two 3yo runs well behind when Listed winner at Newmarket (6f, good) a fortnight ago; needs to step up on that latest form but her juvenile exploits provide hope in that regard.

14/1

1st

10

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Newmarket (July)

Lezoo

8st 9lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Ralph Beckett

High-class 2yo, winning four of her five starts with the pinnacle her impressive Cheveley Park success in September (6f, good); didn't stay 1m on soft ground in the 1,000 Guineas but not unreasonable to have expected better at Royal Ascot nine weeks ago; as an unpenalised Group 1 winner she has to be taken seriously but there must be reservations.

2/1

11th
10 (9)
The X O

66/1

Form: 131532 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

AW form includes novice/handicap wins at Southwell and good third in major prize at Newcastle; outran his 125-1 odds in the Commonwealth Cup Trial over C&D on the switch to turf, finishing second; improving colt but has much more on his plate in this field, as the ratings confirm.

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5th

1

(10)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

The X O

9st 11lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: John Ryan

Group 3 placed over C&D one year ago; ran to a similar level only once since, shaping well at Lingfield (6f, AW) in March; ran poorly at Newcastle on Good Friday, after which he was gelded; drops in class today and if he is to revive then it could be at this venue.

10/1

6

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

The X O

9st 1lb

J: David Probert

T: John Ryan

Ran well in the 3yo event at this meeting 12 months ago; slowly running himself back into form this winter, his seventh behind Chipstead at Lingfield last time a bit better than the bare figures suggests having circled the field before halfway; others still make more appeal today.

33/1

7th

5

(11)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

The X O

9st 6lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John Ryan

Won two 6f events at Southwell in early 2023; placed in Ascot Group 3 last May but he has struggled in three runs since; easy to swerve on balance.

40/1

12th
3 (13)
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28/1

Form: 165-42 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/firmer; Group 2 winner over 7f last summer then underperformed in a couple of Group 1 races, including on soft ground, at the same trip; back in better form dropped back to 6f this season, finishing fourth in Group 3 here then going close in Salisbury Listed event; faces a harder task returned to the top level.

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No Results Found
13th
7 (10)
Sakheer

7/2

Form: 211-7 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Midfield (below par) in the 2,000 Guineas on sole run this season, appearing to confirm that he's a Commonwealth Cup prospect as opposed to a potential miler; very promising 6f colt (on good/firmer) last term, recording form figures of 211 that culminated in an impressive performance in the Mill Reef at Newbury; retains major potential and looks an exciting contender back down in trip; judged on 2yo evidence, he could easily develop into a top performer at this distance.

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13th

7

(10)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Sakheer

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Midfield (below par) in the 2,000 Guineas on sole run this season, appearing to confirm that he's a Commonwealth Cup prospect as opposed to a potential miler; very promising 6f colt (on good/firmer) last term, recording form figures of 211 that culminated in an impressive performance in the Mill Reef at Newbury; retains major potential and looks an exciting contender back down in trip; judged on 2yo evidence, he could easily develop into a top performer at this distance.

7/2

7th

13

(10)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Sakheer

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Narrowly denied on debut but breezed home at Haydock (good to firm) next time and did it almost as easily when upped in class for the Group 2 Mill Reef at Newbury (good) later in September; they were all over 6f but there was plenty about the way he did it which suggested he will stay further; exciting prospect.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £261.00
Straight Forecast £164.50
Tricast £5556.80
Trifecta £8640.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lezoo

RP RATINGS:

Little Big Bear

NEWMARKET:

Sakheer

LAMBOURN:

Rumstar

Daily Mirror:

Sakheer

The Star:

Sakheer

TOPSPEED:

Lezoo

The Times:

Lezoo

The Guardian:

Lezoo

Daily Mail:

Lezoo

Daily Record:

Lezoo

POSTDATA:

Little Big Bear

Telegraph:

Little Big Bear

D Express:

Little Big Bear

The Sun:

Little Big Bear