Commonwealth Cup
Group 1, Ascot 15:05
£650,000 guaranteed,
6f, Class 1   
Friday 21st June 2024

Trainers Quotes

In a decisive display at Haydock, Inisherin, the impressive Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes winner, is set to take on this challenge at Royal Ascot. Trained by Kevin Ryan, this three-year-old colt by Shamardal secured a commanding victory, leaving the previously unbeaten Vandeek trailing in his wake.

Inisherin’s journey has been noteworthy. Despite narrowly missing out to Derby contender Bellum Justum in his racecourse debut at Newmarket as a 50-1 outsider, he rebounded with a successful mile run at Newcastle in March. His sixth-place finish in the 2000 Guineas showcased his potential, with less than five lengths separating him from the top spot.

Owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, in collaboration with Ryan, made a strategic decision to drop Inisherin back to six furlongs for the recent Group Two test in Merseyside. The colt’s dominant performance, leading from the front and leaving Orne and Vandeek in his wake, has now earned him a place in the Commonwealth Cup field. The supplementary fee of £46,000 reflects the confidence in his abilities and sets the stage for an exciting showdown at Royal Ascot.

“I was delighted with him on Saturday, he’s a horse with a lot of speed. Sheikh Mohammed Obaid was in agreement that we’d try six furlongs and we were always very confident it would suit him,” said Ryan.

“He moved through the race great and quickened up nicely. It would probably be nicer for us in a race where you could give him a lead, but he has such a high cruising speed you have to let him use his stride.

“He’s a super horse to train in that he has a great mind and a great constitution, he’s a very simple horse to deal with.

“Sheikh Mohammed Obaid is going to supplement him for the Commonwealth Cup, all things being equal.”

“He spent a comfortable night there and remains well this morning but he will be forced to miss his intended engagement on Friday.

“We now look forward to his swift recovery and the rest of the season ahead.”

Clive Cox’s Jasour, winner of the Commonwealth Cup Trial over the course and distance in early May, also features, but Aidan O’Brien has not declared River Tiber, who instead looks set to line up over seven furlongs in the Jersey Stakes on Saturday.

Cleeve Racing £10 trial

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
£650,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 6f, Class 1
15 runners
Going: Good to Firm

1 (4) 3178-1 Elite Status 3 9-2 K R Burke Clifford Lee
2 (15) 1429-1 Evade 3 9-2 Archie Watson Oisin Murphy
3 (14) 434-12 Givemethebeatboys 3 9-2 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley
4 (1) 2-161 Inisherin 3 9-2 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves
5 (5) 1189-1 Jasour 3 9-2 Clive Cox Jim Crowley
6 (3) 11 Kind Of Blue 3 9-2 James Fanshawe Daniel Muscutt
7 (8) 12417- Lake Forest 3 9-2 William Haggas Tom Marquand
8 (7) 3-9 Louis Barthas 3 9-2 Ollie Sangster J F Egan
9 (12) 1264-4 Malc 3 9-2 Richard Fahey Oisin Orr
10 (9) 43-544 Military 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore
11 (11) 233202 Orne 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Kieran Shoemark
12 (10) 115 Pocklington 3 9-2 Geoff Oldroyd Harry Russell
13 (6) 3-2361 Starlust 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan
14 (2) 51-222 Classic Flower 3 8-13 P Cottier Mickael Barzalona
15 (13) 21-111 Pandora's Gift 3 8-13 Stuart Williams Sean Levey




2023 1 SHAQUILLE Julie Camacho Oisin Murphy Hughes, Rawlings, O'Shaughnessy 3 9-02 9/1
2022 1 PERFECT POWER Richard Fahey Christophe Soumillon Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum 3 9-02 7/2J
2021 1 DRAGON SYMBOL Archie Watson Oisin Murphy Yoshiro Kubota 3 9-00 4/1
2020 1 GOLDEN HORDE Clive Cox Adam Kirby AlMohamediya Racing 3-9-00 5/1
2019 1 ADVERTISE Martyn Meade Frankie Dettori Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited 3-9-03 8/1
2018 1 EQTIDAAR Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-03 12/1
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