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The Commonwealth Cup

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2015 saw the first ever running of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot – and one of the brightest stars to don the QIPCO British Champions Series emerged from it.

Muhaarar, trained by Charlie Hills, eased clear of his rivals to demonstrate his ability with ease at the Royal meeting before going on to win the Darley July Cup and bowing out on QICO British Champions Day a sprinting hero.

The Group 1 contest was won by another star, Quiet Reflection, in 2017 and Caravaggio won a superb renewal in 2018 at the principal expense of Harry Angel.

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Golden Horde shows potential with commanding Commonwealth Cup win

Golden Horde and Adam Kirby kept things simple in the Commonwealth Cup leading almost pillar to post to win convincingly.

Clive Cox’s exciting three-year-old lead the standside group throughout the race, with Mum’s Tipple leading a cluster in the middle.

It was just a case of pushing the button for Kirby, and when asked Golden Horde accelerated away with only Wesley Ward’s Kimari the only realistic challenger a furlong out.

Kirby’s mount was not for stopping however and never looked in trouble going to the line.

The win was another arrow for in the quiver for Kirby and Cox as they have teamed up on many occasions over recent year’s to scoop some of the big sprint races.

Being just a three-year-old, big things lie in wait for Golden Horde, with Group 1 sprints likely to be the targets for the foreseeable future.

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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