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

The Charlie Hills-trained Equilateral has won two of his three starts and made a big impression when winning at Doncaster on his return this season.

His sole defeat came at York last September, but he suffered with sore shins following that run.

“He does remind me a lot of Equiano (sire), especially the way he gets his head down and gallops,” Hills told At The Races.

“His work has been very good and I’m very excited about running him on Friday.

“I regret running him at York because I had the Middle Park in my mind, but I wanted to get another race into him. He had a sore shin and wasn’t quite right so we had to forget the season.

“He went back to Juddmonte and spent the winter there, but he did well through the winter and here we are today.

“He beat Andrew Balding’s horse (Foxtrot Lady) comfortably that day (at Doncaster), but she is improving with every race (won twice) and runs on Saturday at York where she looks to have a great chance.”

Aidan O’Brien’s team is spearheaded by Sioux Nation, who won the Group Three Lacken Stakes at Naas on his most recent outing. The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Fleet Review and Actress.

Sands Of Mali
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Sands Of Mali

Sands Of Mali defeated Invincible Army by a nose in a strong renewal of the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last month and the likeable duo renew rivalry in the Commonwealth Cup.

As does the John Gosden-trained Emblazoned, who finished third that day.

Eqtidaar, Unfortunately and Heartache also feature in the Commonwealth Cup, won last year by Caravaggio.

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

No Form Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age
1 (14) 121 21-6 Abel Handy (IRE) 51 9-3 T Eaves D Carroll 3
2 (7) 35-9 061 Cardsharp 5 9-3 S De Sousa M Johnston 3
3 (11) 2113 Emblazoned (IRE) 27 9-3 L Dettori J H M Gosden 3
4 (12) 016 19-3 Enjazaat 51 9-3 Dane O'Neill Owen Burrows 3
5 (3) 14-24 Eqtidaar (IRE) 34 9-3 Jim Crowley Sir Michael Stoute 3
6 (2) 16-1 Equilateral 34 9-3 James McDonald C Hills 3
7 (18) 411-5D3 Fighting Irish (IRE) 32 9-3 I Mendizabal H J L Dunlop 3
8 (20) 119 2-32 Fleet Review (USA) 33 9-3 W M Lordan A P O'Brien 3
9 (17) 21-211 Gidu (IRE) 27 9-3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 3
10 (1) 213 4-52 Hey Jonesy (IRE) 36 9-3 Kevin Stott K A Ryan 3
11 (16) 221 2-12 Invincible Army (IRE) 27 9-3 James Doyle J Tate 3
12 (4) 323 1-43 Laugh A Minute 16 9-3 Andrea Atzeni R Varian 3
13 (21) 122 2-13 Roussel (IRE) 36 9-3 W Buick C Appleby 3
14 (22) 110 9-11 Sands Of Mali (FR) 27 9-3 P Hanagan R A Fahey 3
15 (15) 611 6-41 Sioux Nation (USA) 33 9-3 t R L Moore A P O'Brien 3
16 (13) 311-23 Speak In Colours 33 9-3 t D O'Brien Joseph P O'Brien 3
17 (10) 1217 Stone Of Destiny 34 9-3 Oisin Murphy A M Balding 3
18 (19) 221 19-7 Unfortunately (IRE) 27 9-3 v T Piccone K R Burke 3
19 (5) 39-0 551 Actress (IRE) 14 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3
20 (8) 113 1-6 Heartache 27 9-0 A Kirby C G Cox 3
21 (6) 11-1 Main Desire (IRE) 36 9-0 D Tudhope M L W Bell 3
22 (9) 348-134 Now You're Talking (IRE) 33 9-0 J P Spencer Joseph P O'Brien 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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