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ROYAL ASCOT PREVIEW | The Commonwealth Cup

20 runners will line up in the 6f Group 1 contest at Royal Ascot on Friday

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Last season’s Queen Mary Stakes winner CAMPANELLE (9/2) makes the trip across the Atlantic once again for Wesley Ward, as the three-year-old aims to land her second Royal Ascot success in the Commonwealth Cup.

The Irish-bred filly has claimed victory on her three starts over the sprint distances, with her only defeat coming over a mile at the Breeders’ Cup.

Campanelle
Campanelle returns to Royal Ascot for Wesley Ward

She has been dropped back down in trip here which plays massively in her favour and she looks to be the one to beat in this contest.

SUESA (9/2) has yet to taste defeat under rules for Francois Rohaut and could be a real threat to the American raider here.

All four of the filly’s successes have come at Chantilly on a range of different ground types and she was impressive in the Prix Texanita.

The three-year-old looks a classy sort and she is one for the shortlist on her first start in Group 1 company.

Archie Watson Ascot
Archie Watson holds two entries in the Commonwealth Cup

DRAGON SYMBOL (7/1) has made rapid progress since making his debut back in March, claiming success in four of his five starts to date for Archie Watson.

The colt lost his unbeaten status in the Sandy Lane Stakes, but he went down fighting as he was beaten by a nose and he could well have more to offer.

He is joined by stablemate MIGHTY GURKA (80/1) who need to carry his all-weather form over to turf.

SUPREMACY (9/1) will be aiming to bounce back for Clive Cox after disappointing in the Pavilion Stakes and he could well hold some value in this contest.

Trainer Clive Cox Leicester
Clive Cox holds a trio of runners in the 6f Group 1 contest

The colt was promising as a two-year-old and he could well have needed the run at Ascot back in April.

Stablemates DILIGENT HARRY (14/1), who makes his turf debut here, and ISABELLE GILES (40/1) will form a triple threat for Cox in the six-furlong race.

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JUMBY (12/1) will be aiming to give Eve Johnson Houghton her second win of the week at Royal Ascot, while Johnny Murtagh’s MEASURE OF MAGIC (14/1) heads to Berkshire in good form.

A CASE OF YOU (16/1) is currently unbeaten over six furlongs and landed the Locken Stakes last month for Adrian McGuinness and Andrew Balding’s FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (18/1) is dropped back in trip after struggling in the Dewhurst Stakes last season.

1000 Guineas runner SACRED (22/1) carries smart sprinting form as a two-year-old for William Haggis while Jack Davison’s MOONEISTA (25/1) will need to show improvement if she is to be competitive in this level of company.

Ken Conlon sends two runners to the contest, with MISS AMULET (25/1) needing to bounce back after finishing down the field in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and last season’s Group 2 Railway Stakes LAWS OF INDICES (33/1) will be aiming to return to form here.

Karl Burke
Karl Burke will be hoping to see Dandalla return to form at Royal Ascot

DANDALLA (33/1) landed the Albany Stakes last season for Karl Burke and her form could be revived here, while Richard Hannon’s HAPPY ROMANCE (40/1) will need to show further progress if she is to make the frame.

Michael Bell’s THE LIR JET (40/1) returns to Group 1 company for the first time since the Breeders’ Cup and LIPIZZANER (66/1) is the sole representative for Aidan O’Brien in this contest.

SELECTIONS:

– Supremacy @ 9/1

– Sacred E/W @ 22/1

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