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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 4 REPORT | Campanelle claims dramatic success in the Commonwealth Cup

Wesley Ward’s filly was awarded the race in the Stewards’ room at Royal Ascot over Dragon Symbol



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Wesley Ward will return to the States with another Royal Ascot winner under his belt after Campanelle was awarded the Commonwealth Cup following a stewards’ enquiry.

The three-year-old filly, who landed the Queen Mary Stakes last season, pulled clear of the pack in the final furlong alongside Archie Watson’s Dragon Symbol.

watch: dragon symbol & campanelle battle it out in the commonwealth cup [credit: attheraces]

However, Oisin Murphy’s mount was found to have bumped into Ward’s recruit and effectively hindering her chances as she carried her right into the middle of the track.

Dragon Symbol finished first past the post by a head, but the result was overturned in Campanelle’s favour shortly after.

Wesley Ward
Wesley Ward landed his first victory in the Commonwealth Cup with Campanelle

Measure Of Magic finished third for Johnny Murtagh, while Karl Burke’s Dandalla (our longshot of the day) ran a fine race to claim fourth.

Murphy bounced back almost immediately from that setback, however, as the Champion Jockey landed victory onboard Alcohol Free in the Coronation Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s filly was midfield in the home straight and she began to make a challenge at two furlongs out.

She kicked on with ease, powering past the leading pair of Novemba and Pretty Gorgeous in the final furlong.

Andrew Balding
Andrew Balding landed a double on the card at Royal Ascot on Friday

The three-year-old kept on well in the final strides to land success by a length and a half.

Richard Hannon’s Snow Lantern made up late ground to finish second, while Mother Earth claimed third for Aidan O’Brien.

Alenquer looked at home when stepped up to 1m4f, as William Haggas’ colt justified favouritism in the King Edward VII Stakes.

The three-year-old was held up in the rear of the pack for the majority of the contest, but Tom Marquand kicked his mount on at the two furlong marker.

William Haggas
William Haggas landed the King Edward VII Stakes with Alenquer

The son of Adlerflug began to make eye-catching headway in the final stages, as he pulled ahead of the weakening Belloccio.

The colt kept on well in the final strides and claimed victory by a length and a half, with Tasman Bay running a cracker to finish second for Sir Mark Todd.

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Sandrine caused an upset in the Albany Stakes at odds of 16/1 in the first leg of a double for Andrew Balding, while Johnny Murtagh landed his first Royal Ascot winner as a trainer with Create Belief in the Sandringham Stakes.

Hughie Morrison‘s Quickthorn won the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, while Significantly claimed the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes for Karl Burke.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.