British Racing School 40th Anniversary Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes

Group 3, Ascot 15:50
£80,000 guaranteed,
3yo, 6f, Class 1    
Wednesday 3rd May 2023


1 Cold Case 5/1
2 The X O 125/1
3 Bradsell 13/8F
9 ran Distances: 1½l, shd, 1¾l
Time: 1m 14.55s (slow by 2.25s)

Representing in-form trainer Karl Burke and owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, Cold Case was last seen justifying short-priced favouritism in the William Hill Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar in October and defied his winter layoff to wear down strong-travelling Bradsell inside the final furlong and a half.

Cold Case went on to win by a length and a half from 125/1 outsider The X O, who ran on to snatch second.

Bradsell, winner of last year's Coventry Stakes and sent off the 13/8 favourite under Hollie Doyle, looked likely to collect when striking the front a furlong and a half out, but he appeared to get tired close home and ultimately weakened into third.


Winning jockey Clifford Lee said on Sky Sports Racing: "We always thought he was a nice horse, winning the Two Year Old Trophy, and I always thought he was going to get up today.

"It's always good to get winners and Group winners are even better. I think he might get seven furlongs this horse." 

The winner was cut to 10/1 from 16/1 by QuinnBet for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Free Racing Tips

Pavilion Stakes
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo, 6f Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

1 (8)    Cold Case 3 9-3 K R Burke Clifford Lee 5/1
2 (6)
The X O 3 9-3 John Ryan Robert Havlin 125/1
3 (7)
shd Bradsell 3 9-3 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle 13/8F
4 (2)
Marbaan 3 9-3 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Spencer 13/2
5 (3)
Rousing Encore 3 9-3 Richard Fahey Daniel Tudhope 33/1
6 (4)
Magical Sunset 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Kevin Stott 22/1
7 (5)
6 Desert Cop 3 9-3 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 15/2
8 (1)
Mischief Magic 3 9-7 Charlie Appleby William Buick 11/2
9 (9)
¾ Trillium 3 9-4 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 7/1

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