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The first three renewals of the Commonwealth Cup featured Muhaarar, Quiet Reflection and Harry Angel and Blue Point – all subsequently successful in other Group 1 sprints.
No pressure, then, on Eqtidaar, the 2018 winner for Sir Michael Stoute, Jim Crowley and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell operation.
A home-bred, by the stallion Invincible Spirit, Eqtidaar has some way to go to match the feats of Muhaarar, who also raced in Sheikh Hamdan’s blue-and-white silks, but his defeat 21 rivals in a wide-open renewal suggests he is on the right path.
He had previously suffered defeats at Ascot and Newbury in 2018 but there were mitigating circumstances.
“We have always liked this horse,” Stoute said. “I thought things just didn’t go quite right for him the first time he ran here in the Pavilion Stakes. Then at Newbury last time, he was on the wrong side of the track and at halfway was too far out of his ground.
“He worked very well the other weekend under Jim Crowley, so we were hopeful. He just showed how talented [a sprinter] he is. We have had some good ones like Marwell, Ajdal, and Green Desert. He is progressing nicely.”
Crowley added: “He is trained by a master and just keeps on improving. I knew his potential. He had been working unbelievably well, and you could make excuses for his last two starts. We knew coming here today that he would have a great chance.”
Eqtidaar went off 8/1 for the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on his next start but he was unable to make much impression, finishing ninth. He was also unable to make an impact in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on the heavy ground.
Connections give the impression he could be even better next year. Fingers crossed he will be around for a while yet.
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