Commonwealth Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 21st June 2019
The first Group 1 action on day four of Royal Ascot comes in the form of the festival’s newest race. Here we provide our betting tips for the Commonwealth Cup and highlight some of the best odds and offers available.
This Group 1, six furlong event is a race for three year olds only which offers £400,000 in total prize money and was first run at the track in 2015. With more than £200,000 for the winner, it’s no surprise we have some great horses involved this year.
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Commonwealth Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Ten Sovereigns to win at 11/8 with bet365
- Khaadem each way at 7/1 with BetVictor
Commonwealth Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 3:40 at Royal Ascot, 21 June 2019
Reaching the top level of sprinting as a three-year-old is a very tough thing to do. That was borne out by the results in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes so the decision was made in 2015 to introduce a high class 6 furlong race for three-year-olds only. The Commonwealth Cup is that race and the Group 1 has quickly established itself as a hugely important and highly anticipated contest.
Huge Race for Ten Sovereigns
Ten Sovereigns was one of the most talked about three-year-olds in training before the new flat racing season started. He’d blown away all comers as a juvenile and was backed into favouritism for the 2000 Guineas but could not live up to the hype at Newmarket.
The result was a blow for Aidan O’Brien and all connected to Ten Sovereigns and it forced he Ballydoyle team to come up with a new plan for him. It’s been decided that the best way to make a top class racehorse out of Ten Sovereigns is by keeping him over sprint trips to try and maximise his frightening pace.
Punters are happy enough with Ten Sovereigns’ class to make him the favourite for the Commonwealth Cup and he does have some strong 6 furlong form as a juvenile but this is a big task and therefore a very important race for his future.
Great Battle for the Places in Prospect
Favourites have so far won half of the four renewals of the Commonwealth Cup. The other two races were won by 10/1 and 12/1 shots which suggests this is a race in which it makes sense to have multiple options.
Taking your pick of the highly promising horses from just below the market leaders is no easy task. Advertise (10/1 with bet365) and Rumble Inthejungle (20/1 with Ladbrokes) each offer appeal but it’s the progressive Khaadem who gets the nod at 7/1 with BetVictor.
It was clear from his very first appearance at Newmarket that Khaadem had the potential to be something special. Despite being very green, he ran well in behind Calyx and Octave before returning to Newmarket to break his duck when sent off as favourite. He’s followed that win with two more including his only three-year-old appearance to date in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes.
The main concern with Khaadem is his temperament. He is difficult to control when going to post and will demand the best from his jockey, Dane O’Neill. Providing he doesn’t get too worked up before the race, Khaadem has the physicality and pace to lay down a real challenge to Ten Sovereigns and the other more fancied horses.
This really is a huge race for Ten Sovereigns who might have an excellent sprinting career ahead of him but is also in danger of going backwards. The record of favourites and the juvenile form shown by Ten Sovereigns suggest that he is worth persisting with at a fair price of 11/8 with bet365.
If the favourite does get beaten though it could well be by Khaadem who is gradually getting better at sticking to his task on course. His behaviour before the race may make those who back him at 7/1 with BetVictor nervous but Khaadem’s quality is sure to shine through with a big performance.
Commonwealth Cup Previous Winners
- 2018 – Eqtidaar – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer Michael Stoute
- 2017 – Caravaggio – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Quiet Reflection – jockey Dougie Costello, trainer Karl Burke
- 2015 – Muhaarar – jockey Dane O’Neill, trainer Charlie Hills
Whilst the roots of the five day Royal Ascot Festival go way back to the 1800s, there have been a number of innovations and alterations to the exact make-up of the meeting over the years, either in terms of the conditions of a race being changed or a new event being added to the schedule.
2015 saw the introduction of this major new Group 1 sprinting contest. Prior to the addition of this race to the programme, the top three year old sprinters in training were forced to tackle their elders in The Diamond Jubilee Stakes if they wished to take part in the festival’s top six furlong contest.
Whilst three year old runners had generally held their own in that prestigious event, it was nevertheless seen as beneficial to the European racing programme as a whole to stage a number of three year old only sprint contests. This race was at the forefront of those plans and it was important that the showpiece event proved to be a success. In order to maximise the Commonwealth Cups chances, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes became a race for runners aged four and older only in the same year that this new race was introduced.
This new event does have one feature which makes it very different from other Group 1 races. Namely the fact that geldings are allowed to take part. Group 1 contests usually prohibit geldings from running. Owners and breeders would always prefer the prestige of a Group 1 win to be bestowed upon a colt in order to enhance their stud value. The Commonwealth Cup is unique in being the first Group 1 contest in Europe which allows the participation of geldings. Filly, gelding or colt, this race provides the opportunity to ascertain who really is the fastest three year old of them all.
The Commonwealth Cup made a flying start to life in terms of the quality of its inaugural winner. Charles Hills’ Muhaarar was the dominant sprinter of 2015, winning the Greenham Stakes, July Cup, Prix Maurice de Gheest and British Champions Sprint Stakes in addition to his success here. As a result of these exploits, the son of Oasis Dream was unsurprisingly named as the Cartier Champion Sprinter of the year. As an example of how lucrative a successful stallion can be, the owners of Muhaarer wasted no time in retiring the horse to stud at the end of his three year old career.
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