Commonwealth Cup
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£500,000 added,
3yo,
6f, Class 1   
Friday 21st June 2019

1 Advertise 8/1
2 Forever In Dreams 20/1
3 Hello Youmzain 6/1
9 ran Distances: 1½l, hd, ¾l
Time: 1m 11.88s (fast by 0.52s)

Frankie Dettori again as the first-time blinkered Advertise wins

After Advertise beat only one home in the 2,000 Guineas, Martyn Meade shut his stable down for a month due to concerns about the health status of his team, but that was put behind today by Meade as Advertise 8/1) regained winning form back over six furlongs to win the Commonwealth Cup (G1) by a length and a quarter.
 
It was the Manton Estate-based trainer's first Royal success.
 
"He was pretty special over six furlongs last year, but the problem was I had trained him to run the mile and getting him switched off we thought how do we jazz him up again so maybe put the blinds on, just so he knows he has to sprint," said Meade. "Luckily, it did the job as he jumped and went. Clearly that demonstrates that this is his distance, if we can step him up a bit then clearly we will. 
 
"It has been a difficult year, the horses were running very flat to start with, a good example was Advertise in the Guineas - it was so disappointing as we went here with high hopes. We were always a little bit worried whether he would get the mile or not, but certainly we thought he would run better. Then you've got to pull up stumps, but it is really difficult with a yard full of horses. 
 
"It shows we are back! From our point of view we had a couple of really good runners, then you have confidence going again, inevitably you have a few who don't run to expectations, the main thing you have to target these things go for it and hope everything works out on the day. 
 
" Coming into today we had absolutely nil confidence, you never know despite how well they are working at home!
 
"It's huge elation - to win a G1 at Royal Ascot, it doesn't get much better than that - but there is certainly relief because the horses have been a little but under par. It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
 
"He only had one bad run in all fairness, in the Guineas, but it is very easy today - everybody writes horses off pretty quickly and think "he has run poorly, maybe he didn't train on" and all that sort of thing.
 
"I have always had great faith in him. I thought let's go back to basics, where we were before over six furlongs. We know that he is brilliant at that, so if I can just reproduce what he was doing as a two-year-old, that shouldn't be a problem.
 
  "Getting Frankie back on board was not too difficult - he knows how good the horse is. It was just lucky that he was available to ride him.
 
"I did think "what is Frankie doing now?" because I thought he hit the front too soon, but this is Frankie - he knows exactly what he is doing and what sort of horse he has underneath him. Clearly he had the confidence that all was going well. I am thrilled to bits about it.
 
"We might step him up a little and go to France for the Maurice de Gheest. Maybe seven furlongs but I like to take baby steps - maybe he would get a mile one day, who knows? At this stage will keep him around six and we have a few options now. At least he is back on everybody's radar and we can look and see where the best place to send him is." 

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

POS BTN HORSE AGE WGT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 ADVERTISE 3 9-3 8/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: Martyn Meade
2 FOREVER IN DREAMS (IRE) 3 9-0 20/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Aidan F. Fogarty, Ireland
3 hd HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR) 3 9-3 6/1
J: Kevin Stott T: Kevin Ryan
4 ¾ TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE) 3 9-3 1/1
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
5 6 ROYAL INTERVENTION (IRE) 3 9-0 50/1
J: Gerald Mosse T: Ed Walker
6 nk JASH (IRE) 3 9-3 5/1
J: Jim Crowley T: Simon Crisford
7 KHAADEM (IRE) 3 9-3 7/1
J: Dane O'NeillT: Charles Hills
8 nk KONCHEK 3 9-3 50/1
J: Adam Kirby T: Clive Cox
9 RUMBLE INTHEJUNGLE (IRE) 3 9-3 16/1
J: James Doyle T: Richard Spencer

COMMONWEALTH CUP WINNERS

YR GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

2018 1 EQTIDAAR
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