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

Royal Ascot
The Commonwealth Cup is one of the feature races on Day 4 of Royal Ascot

"Most likeable colt and just about the one to beat..."

Timeform on El Cabello

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Commonwealth Cup
15:05 Royal Ascot, Friday
Live on ITV

1. Boonie (Kevin Ryan/Kevin Stott)
Speedy juvenile who showed he'd trained on with reappearance win in 5f Nottingham conditions event in April. Disappointing he failed to finish the job at York a month later and this is a huge jump up in class.

2. Cadamosto (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Useful form at the first time of asking when landing an AW maiden in April 2021 but has merely matched that form in listed/Group 2 company since. In top hands but hard to see him playing a leading role in first-time blinkers.

3. Ehraz (Richard Hannon/Jim Crowley)
Confirmed last summer's debut promise in no uncertain terms in a C&D maiden a fortnight later. Better form in defeat this spring, third to Go Bears Go in a trial for this on reappearance back here and then a narrow second to Tiber Flow at Newbury. Respected.

4. El Caballo (Karl Burke/Clifford Lee)
Runner-up on debut last spring but unbeaten since, typically finding bundles for pressure when touching off Tiber Flow at Newcastle and Flaming Rib in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. Most likeable colt and just about the one to beat.

5. Flaming Rib (Hugo Palmer/James Doyle)
Stood up really well to an intense juvenile campaign for Tom Dascombe and took form to a new level when a comfortable winner of a minor race at Chester (5f). Continued the excellent work over 6f when a neck-second to El Caballo in the Sandy Lane.

6. Gis A Sub (Kevin Ryan/Daniel Tudhope)
Pontefract novice winner who excelled himself when runner-up in the Gimcrack last summer. Hasn't done anything since to think he's anywhere near this level. Blinkers reached for.

7. Go Bears Go (David Loughnane/Rossa Ryan)
Group 2 winner as a juvenile in Ireland and also placed at the highest level in the Phoenix Stakes that summer. Well prepared to win a trial for this on reappearance in April (ahead of Ehraz) and better than result behind El Caballo in the Sandy Lane.

8. Hierarchy (Hugo Palmer/James McDonald)
Very useful two-year-old who matched pick of that form when splitting Go Bears Go and Ehraz in the trial for this over C&D in April. Unable to confirm form with latter rival when swamped late in listed company at Newbury.

9. Perfect Power (Richard Fahey/Christophe Soumillon)
One of the leading juveniles in 2021, landing the Norfolk at this meeting a year ago prior to a brace of wins at the highest level, including the Middle Park. Greenham success confirmed he'd trained on and perhaps didn't stay when mid-field in the 2000 Guineas. Well worth another chance back sprinting.

10. Rizg (Roger Varian/Hollie Doyle)
Yarmouth novice winner sole juvenile start and still looked green when failing to land the odds on reappearance at Doncaster. Excellent fourth upped to listed level at Newbury but no real reason why he'll reverse the form with Tiber Flow and Ehraz unless blinkers prompt another jolt of progress.

11. Sam Maximus (James Horton/P. J. McDonald)
Highly tried on occasions last year following a winning debut for Tom Dascombe, attaining a useful level of form. Promising start for up-and-coming yard when just behind Ehraz in listed company on reappearance and that's a good platform to build on.

12. Slipstream (Christophe Clement/Joel Rosario)
Successful twice at two, including in Grade 3 Futurity Stakes at Belmont. Sixth of 13 behind Modern Games in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar and showed further improvement when winning seven-runner listed race at Keeneland on reappearance. Versatile regarding trip and he commands respect.

13. Tiber Flow (William Haggas/Tom Marquand)
Very progressive on AW, winning first three starts and showing smart form when just failing against El Caballo in valuable 6f Newcastle contest on Good Friday. Didn't need to improve the regain the successful thread when narrowly fending off Ehraz at Newbury. Huge player with headgear on.

14. Twilight Jet (M. D. O'Callaghan/Leigh Roche)
Smart colt who landed Group 3 Cornwallis at Newmarket (5f) in October in what was a busy juvenile season. Better than ever when a decisive winner in Group 3 company at Naas (6f) and he's worth a shot at this level.

15. Wings of War (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Likeable colt who doubled his tally with a gutsy success in the Mill Reef at Newbury in September. Probably needed the run on reappearance over C&D and reacted really well to cheekpieces when third to El Caballo and Flaming Rib at Haydock.

16. Flotus (Simon & Ed Crisford/Silvestre De Sousa)
Different proposition when ridden more positively at the end of her two-year-old campaign, easily winning Ripon listed race before second in Group 1 Cheveley Park. Low-key reappearance but much more like it when a neck second at Haydock a month ago.

17. Hala Hala Athmani (Kevin Ryan/William Buick)
Half-sister to very smart 6f winner Hello Youmzain and smart winner up to 1¼m Royal Youmzain. Outclassed pretty limited opposition on debut in August and much better form when third in the Group 3 Firth of Clyde a month later. Off since and this a tough race to reappear in.

18. Miramar (C & Y Lerner/Ronan Thomas)
Useful performer, improved to win 11-runner Prix Sigy at Chantilly last time by three quarters of a length from Caturra, staying on well to lead to late. Going the right way but this is a tall order on British debut.

19. Sacred Bridge (Ger Lyons/Colin Keane)
Looked destined for the top when winning first four starts in Ireland (at up to Group 3 level). Has lost a bit of her lustre since, but returned to sprinting, she did regain the successful thread in listed company at Cork.

20. Zain Claudette (Ismail Mohammed/Sean Levey)
C&D winner who continued the theme of race-by-race progress when completing the hat-trick in the Lowther at York in August. Bombed out in the Cheveley Park a month later and off since. Tongue tie fitted.

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Timeform Analyst's Verdict:

Unsurprisingly for a Group 1 restricted to three-year-olds there's plenty of collateral form to go on and EL CABALLO emerges as just about the one to beat having narrowly seen off Tiber Flow and Flaming Rib (with several of these further behind) on his last two starts. Perfect Power possesses a different profile having scaled the heights as a two-year-old and trained with a Guineas in mind this season and he may emerge as the chief threat.

1. El Caballo
2. Perfect Power
3. Tiber Flow

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