The two feature races on day four of Royal Ascot are the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes, both Group 1 contests. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for both races along with the Class 2 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap).
The Commonwealth Cup takes place at 3.40pm and is run over 6f while the second Group 1, run over 1m, follows at 4.20pm. The 1m 4f Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes is the sixth race on the card at 5.35pm.
Our Tip for the Commonwealth Cup:
Hard to see many of the 21 runners here being up to Group 1 standard, the exceptions being the Clive Cox-trained Supremacy, already victorious at the highest level as a juvenile, US raider Campanelle and Suesa from the French stable of Francois Rohaut.
Just what to expect from Supremacy is hard to gauge as the son of Mehmas failed to beat a single rival on his reappearance over course and distance in April.
The combination of trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Frankie Dettori are always to be feared at the royal meeting and last season’s Queen Mary winner Campanelle boasts obvious claims. However, French runners are few and far between at this year’s meeting but they can go home with a Group 1 success courtesy of the unbeaten filly Suesa.
The daughter of Night Of Thunder has won all four starts without being extended, including two Group 3 contests this season, and could be even better on decent going, all of her races to date coming at Chantilly with plenty of cut in the ground.
At double-figure prices, Jumby and Method are capable of making the frame, with some bookmakers going four, five, or even six places.
Our Tip for the Coronation Stakes:
A wide-open renewal of this one mile Group 1 contest for three-year-old fillies. The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Mother Earth and Empress Josephine set the standard following their victories in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas respectively.
Pretty Gorgeous, Alcohol Free. Primo Bacio, Snow Lantern, Fev Rover and the unexposed Potapova are all in with a shout. But at a big price it could be worth taking a chance on the Donnacha O’Brien-trained Shale.
The daughter of Galileo and 1000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen met fellow rival Pretty Gorgeous on four occasions as juveniles, the score standing at two all. It could be significant that those two wins came on good ground, while the two defeats were both on soft going.
The mount of Gavin Ryan needed her first run of the season when fifth at Leopardstown. But on her juvenile form of last season the filly is more than capable of holding her own against the best of her sex, providing the heavens don’t open on the fourth day.
Our Tip for the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes:
With a maximum field of 19 runners, the David O’Meara-trained Khagan does not look to have an obvious chance of taking this 1m 4f handicap based on his form since joining O’Meara from France.
However, the ex Andre Fabre-trained gelding is clearly much better than his two runs to date for his current handler, at York and Redcar. The five-year-old son of Le Havre was unlucky not to have won a Group 2 at Chantilly in 2019, going down by half a length after being badly hampered.
Khagan ran as if badly in need of his first two runs of the season and if the ground eases at the Berkshire track by Friday afternoon, the horse could easily outrun his huge odds.
Khagan’s rivals include plenty of improvers, none more so than Quickthorn from the Hughie Morrison stable. The draw (19) has not been kind to the mount of Oisin Murphy but granted some luck in running the son of Nathaniel looks sure to go well, as does Aaddeey, an easy winner at Newmarket last month.
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