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

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Ten Sovereigns in Friday's Commonwealth Cup

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Friday's Commonwealth Cup and pick out their 1-2-3...

"...didn't get home in the 2000 Guineas on his reappearance and is fully expected to show he's a high-class colt now returned to sprinting..."

Timeform on Ten Sovereigns

1. Advertise (Martyn Meade/Frankie Dettori)
Won three of five starts in 2018, all at 6f, including July Stakes at Newmarket and Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (by half a length from So Perfect). Disappointed on return in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, beaten well before longer trip came into play. Yard were in a lull then, though, and he looks the type physically to make a better three-year-old. Not discounted back sprinting.

2. Hello Youmzain (Kevin Ryan/Kevin Stott)
Smart juvenile who won maiden at Carlisle and Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (by two and a half lengths from Queen of Bermuda) in 2018. Strong in betting but seemingly didn't stay 7f in Greenham Stakes at Newbury on return, but left that effort well behind when winning Sandy Lane Stakes (by three and a quarter lengths from Calyx, going clear after leading a furlong out) last time. That effort puts him right in the mix for this and shouldn't be underestimated.

3. Jash (Simon Crisford/Jim Crowley)
Won minor events at Newmarket and Salisbury in 2018, but best effort when second in Middle Park Stakes at former course (half a length behind Ten Sovereigns, clear of rest) final start that year. Didn't need to be at his best after eight months off to make winning return in 7f listed event at Newmarket last time, and that should have knocked some of the freshness away. Will be suited by the return to a strongly-run race back at 6f and is a must for the shortlist.

4. Khaadem (Charlie Hills/Dane O'Neill)
Showed plenty of promise at two, catching eye on debut before winning minor events at Newmarket and Doncaster. Progressed again, winning with a bit in hand, when completing hat-trick on return in listed race at Newbury. Well worth his place in this field for connections that won this with Muhaarar in 2015.

5. Konchek (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Remains with just a maiden win to his name, but did shape well on return when four and a half lengths third to Calyx in Pavilion Stakes over C&D. Ran no sort of race behind Khaadem at Newbury since, though, and that Pavilion form doesn't look as strong now.

6. Rumble Inthejungle (Richard Spencer/James Doyle)
Strong colt who won minor event at Salisbury and Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood (by two and a half lengths from Life of Riley) in 2018. Respectable four lengths third to Ten Sovereigns in Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket final start, but not in the same league as first two on that occasion and hasn't been seen since.

7. Ten Sovereigns (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)
Unbeaten in 2018, wins including maiden at the Curragh, Round Tower Stakes there, and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket (by half a length from Jash). Sent off favourite for 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on return and far from disgraced, overhauled late on in centre group by a pair that he'd looked to have the measure of a furlong out. Clearly failed for stamina on that occasion but expected to be much more competitive now back sprinting. The one to beat on juvenile form and he remains with plenty of potential.

8. Forever In Dreams (Aidan Fogarty, Ireland/Oisin Murphy)
Won two of three starts when trained in France and only beaten a length in Queen Mary at this meeting 12 months ago. Came on for reappearance/stable debut when winning listed event at Haydock (by three quarters of a length from Solar Gold) last time, but this test demands more.

9. Royal Intervention (Ed Walker/Gerald Mosse)
Won listed race at Newmarket in 2018. Had run of race when three and a half lengths third to Hello Youmzain in Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time, and hard to see her turning that form around.

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