THE Commonwealth Cup is the feature on day four and it’s an absolute cracker.
Our man Jack Keene has had a good look at the runners and riders, with the Group 1 live on ITV at 3.35pm.
This has been a brilliant addition to the Royal meeting and it’s one of the best races of the week once again.
The long-time favourite has been the unbeaten Pierre Lapin, who routed a decent field in the Mill Reef Stakes on his final start of 2019.
The well-bred colt (half-brother to Harry Angel) is an exciting prospect for the season ahead, but he would have preferred quicker ground.
Aidan O’Brien’s Lope Y Fernandez is a fascinating contender dropped back in trip following his eye-catching third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
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He was well-punted and made a rapid move to lead from the tail of the field inside the final couple of furlongs.
It looked a race-winning manoeuvre but he tied up close home and was swamped late by Siskin and stablemate Vatican City. This stiff 6f will suit, but again he bounces off fast ground so yesterday’s rain wasn’t ideal.
But horse who won’t care what conditions are like under his hooves is GOLDEN HORDE, who brings some of the strongest two-year-old form to the table.
He ran a cracker in the Coventry here 12 months ago, won nicely at Glorious Goodwood and ran with great credit in both the Morny and the Middle Park. The latter race, when he got within a neck of Earthlight, is a particularly strong piece of form.
He has run to a high level on fast ground and heavy ground and trainer Clive Cox has said he expects him to do well as a three-year-old, given his size and scope.
He is constantly underrated in the betting; since winning his maiden at 6-5 he has been sent off 33-1, 15-2, 13-1 and 16-1. He is an each-way price again here, despite his impressive CV.
Kimari was touched off in the Queen Mary last year and warmed up for this with a win at Oaklawn around a sharp 6f. The trip is still a concern over this stiff track.
Millisle has to bounce back from a dull effort in the 1,000 Guineas, but she will at least appreciate this drop in trip and her yard is flying. Mums Tipple, who is on a recovery mission, and French raider Wooded add further spice to a mouthwatering race.
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