Commonwealth Cup
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£500,000 added,
3yo,
6f, Class 1   
Friday 22nd June 2018

1 Eqtidaar 12/1
2 Sands Of Mali 15/2
3 Emblazoned 12/1
4 Stone Of Destiny 50/1
22 ran Distances: ½l, 1l, hd
Time: 1m 12.12s (fast by 0.28s)

Eqtidaar, under Jim Crowley, wins the Commonwealth Cup

Eqtidaar
© Racehorse Photos
Eqtidaar

Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old had failed to win in three starts since making a successful racecourse debut at Nottingham last summer, and was sent off at 12-1 for what looked another hot renewal of this six-furlong Group One.

The field quickly split into two groups, with Eqtidaar buried in the middle of the larger contingent which raced down the middle of the track.

Jim Crowley’s mount quickened smartly to lead in the final furlong, but was being mowed down late by Richard Fahey’s Sandy Lane Stakes victor Sands Of Mali, who had been in the smaller group against the stands rail.

In the end the line came in time for Eqtidaar, with the pair separated by half a length. Emblazoned finished third.

Stoute was saddling his third winner of the week and said: “We’ve always liked this horse.

“When he ran here in the Pavilion it didn’t go quite right for him and at Newbury (last time) he was on the wrong side of the track and at halfway he was beaten.

“He worked very well the other week with Jim Crowley, so we were hopeful.

“He’s progressing nicely.”

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Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 6f, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Eqtidaar (IRE) 12/1 Jim Crowley
9-3
Sir Michael Stoute 3
2nd (22) ½ Sands Of Mali (FR) 15/2 P Hanagan
9-3
R A Fahey 3
3rd (11) 1 Emblazoned (IRE) 12/1 L Dettori
9-3
J H M Gosden 3
4th (10) hd Stone Of Destiny 50/1 Oisin Murphy
9-3
A M Balding 3
5th (1) hd Hey Jonesy (IRE) 40/1 Kevin Stott
9-3
K A Ryan 3
6th (17) ½ Gidu (IRE) 40/1 John Velazquez
9-3
Todd Pletcher 3
7th (8) s.h Heartache 28/1 A Kirby
9-0
C G Cox 3
8th (18) hd Fighting Irish (IRE) 100/1 I Mendizabal
9-3
H J L Dunlop 3
9th (16) Invincible Army (IRE) 9/2 James Doyle
9-3
J Tate 3
10th (19) ½ Unfortunately (IRE) 50/1 Tony Piccone
9-3
K R Burke 3
11th (21) hd Roussel (IRE) 25/1 W Buick
9-3
C Appleby 3
12th (2) Equilateral 6/1 James McDonald
9-3
C Hills 3
13th (7) nk Cardsharp 25/1 S De Sousa
9-3
M Johnston 3
14th (13) nk Speak In Colours 25/1 D O'Brien
9-3
Joseph P O'Brien 3
15th (20) Fleet Review (USA) 16/1 W M Lordan
9-3
A P O'Brien 3
16th (15) hd Sioux Nation (USA) 11/4f R L Moore
9-3
A P O'Brien 3
17th (5) ¾ Actress (IRE) 40/1 J A Heffernan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
18th (4) Laugh A Minute 33/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-3
R Varian 3
19th (6) ½ Main Desire (IRE) 20/1 D Tudhope
9-0
M L W Bell 3
20th (12) ¾ Enjazaat 80/1 Dane O'Neill
9-3
Owen Burrows 3
21st (9) ½ Now You're Talking (IRE) 50/1 J P Spencer
9-0
Joseph P O'Brien 3
22nd (14) ¾ Abel Handy (IRE) 100/1 T Eaves
9-3
D Carroll 3

COMMONWEALTH CUP WINNERS

YR GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

2017 1 CARAVAGGIO Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith 3-9-03 5/6F
2016 1 QUIET REFLECTION Karl Burke Dougie Costello Ontoawinner, Strecker & Burke 3-9-00 7/4F
2015 1 MUHAARAR Charlie Hills Dane O’Neill Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-03 10/1

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