Classy Caravaggio To Scorch His Way To Commonwealth Cup Glory

Friday 23rd June 2017, 3.40pm - Commonwealth Cup (Royal Ascot)

Friday at Royal Ascot is always a special day of sport, and that has been enhanced even more in recent years with the introduction of the Commonwealth Cup to the schedule. The Commonwealth Cup is a Group 1 contest run over a trip of 6f for 3YO horses, and it has proven as big hit since it was introduced back in 2015.

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Unbeaten Caravaggio Sure To Start A Warm Order

The Commonwealth Cup has been an excellent addition to the Royal Ascot slate, and once again it is hotly anticipated with the highly exciting Caravaggio set to start as a hot favourite.

The Aidan O'Brien trained horse goes into this one with an unbeaten record and with a reputation as one of the fastest horses in training. He scorched to victory in the Coventry Stakes last year at the Royal meeting, before adding the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes to his CV at the Curragh.

He returned at Naas last month to win a Group 3 in comfortable fashion, and we can expect him to be fully wound up for what could well prove to be his toughest assignment yet. Caravaggio deserves to be the one to beat, and as such he is the Even money jolly with Paddy Power.

Talented Trio Chasing The Favourite

Caravaggio is very much the one to beat but he has three live opponents in the betting, and it should make for a cracking contest.

Blue Point and Harry Angel clashed at Ascot over course and distance back at the start of last month, with the former coming out on top that day. The Godolphin trained Blue Point (11/2) is a top class animal having mixed it with Churchill last term, and his win last month proved he had kicked on over the summer.

Harry Angel has form to find on Blue Point but he was giving weight away that day, and seemed to improve when winning the Sandy Lane Stakes on his most recent start at Haydock. He is clearly improving with every run and back at levels, he is fancied to at least reverse that form with Blue Point, and is 7/2 with Bet Victor.

One horse who we must mention is the Wesley Ward trained Bound For Nowhere (10/1) who is something of a joker in the pack. Ward is known for the power of his sprinters which means he has to be respected here, and although this is a big ask on just his 3rd start, few would be surprised to see him cause a stir.

Conclusion...

It would be a surprise if the winner came from outside the top four, and this could turn out to be one of the best races of the week. Expect Bound For Nowhere to set a searing pace and that will play into the strengths of Caravaggio who is something very special indeed for Ballydoyle.

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Posted: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

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