Commonwealth Cup 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Ryan Moore rides the hot-favourite Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup - the feature race at Royal Ascot on Friday
Ryan Moore rides the hot-favourite Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup - the feature race at Royal Ascot on Friday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Commonwealth Cup on Day Four of Royal Ascot.

"Leading three-year-old in training on Timeform master ratings and the one to beat accordingly..."

Commonwealth Cup
Royal Ascot
Friday 23rd June, 15:40

Blue Point (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
Attractive colt who won three of six starts in 2016, including Gimcrack Stakes at York in August, and made most of good opportunity when landing Pavilion Stakes over C&D (by one and a half lengths from Harry Angel, getting 4 lb from runner-up) on return last month. Plenty to like about style of that success, though likely more needed to uphold form with Harry Angel on these revised terms.

Bound For Nowhere (Wesley Ward/David Flores)
Unbeaten in two starts to date, including 12-runner allowance race (5.5f) at Keeneland last time. Bare form leaves him with plenty to find, but open to considerable improvement and cannot be totally discounted for trainer that does well with his runners here.

Caravaggio (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Exciting prospect who won all four starts as a two-year-old, including Coventry Stakes over C&D 12 months ago and Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August. Maintained unbeaten record under a penalty in Lacken Stakes at Naas (by four and three quarter lengths from Psychedelic Funk) on return last month. Leading three-year-old in training on Timeform master ratings and the one to beat accordingly.

Harry Angel (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Good-topped colt who stepped up significantly on debut form when winning Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in August, and has improved again in two starts this year. Most impressive when landing Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (by four and a half lengths from Second Thought) last time, and looks a high-class sprinter, though needs to settle better with stiff finish here in mind.

Intelligence Cross (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan)
Won two of his seven starts as a juvenile, including Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh (by four and a quarter lengths from Holy Cat) in August. Not matched that form in two starts this season, however, looking unsuited by drop back to this trip last time.

Legendary Lunch (Richard Hannon/Tom Marquand)
Epsom listed winner at two but well behind Blue Point and Harry Angel on C&D reappearance and looks firmly up against it again.

Mr Scarlet (Ms Lavery/Pat Smullen)
Maiden winner who was six and a half lengths behind Caravaggio when third in a Naas Group 3 last month and faces a very stiff task here.

Straight Right (Cristophe Ferland/Olivier Peslier)
French raider who landed a Cagnes-Sur-Mer listed event (AW) in February, but limitations seemingly exposed in pair of Group 3s on turf at Maisons-Lafitte since.

Tis Marvellous (Clive Cox/Gerald Mosse)
Brother to Mythmaker and showed smart form himself when winning Prix Robert Papin (5.5f) at Maisons-Laffitte (by two and a half lengths from Al Johrah) last July. Below form in three subsequent starts, though shaped encouragingly over C&D on return last month.

Victory Angel (Roger Varian/Silvestre De Sousa)
Marked progress in each of three two-year-old outings and improved another chunk when readily winning Newmarket handicap on return. However, disappointed back there since and likely to be out of his depth now.

Visionary (Robert Cowell/Jamie Spencer)
Showed much improved form when second on penultimate outing at Lingfield and ran to similar level when winning listed race at Newbury (by a head) last month. Clearly useful, but this level likely to be beyond him.

Yalta (Mark Johnston/James Doyle)
Good-topped colt who won three time in a busy two-year-old season, including the Molecomb Stakes (5f) at Goodwood (by three lengths from The Last Lion) last July. Shaped as if retaining all of his ability over C&D on return last month, though may prove most effective at 5f.

Timeform Commonwealth Cup 1-2-3
1. Caravaggio
2. Harry Angel
3. Blue Point

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
One of the most eagerly anticipated races of the week. CARAVAGGIO looks something out of the ordinary and can make it 6 from 6 but he faces another top-class sprinter in Harry Angel, who broke the track record when demolishing the opposition in a Haydock Group 2 last month and should ensure Aidan O'Brien's charge doesn't have things all his own way. Blue Point looks best of the remainder.


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