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The Commonwealth Cup

3.00pm Ascot

Campanelle wins the Commonwealth Cup
  • Distance 6f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £500,000


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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Campanelle grabs Commonwealth Cup in the Steward's room

In weather conditions we aren’t used to seeing at Royal Ascot, the action out on the track was far from damp as Campanelle and Dragon Symbol fought out a thrilling renewal of the Commonwealth Cup, with the Wesley Ward trained runner coming out on top. But not without a lengthy Steward’s enquiry.

Frankie Dettori aboard Campanelle jumped well and made pretty much every yard of the running in the 6f contest, and second race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category. Approaching the final furlong and a half, Oisin Murphy had galvansied his mount Dragon Symbol and made ground quickly to hit the fron with Campanelle.

A leave-nothing-on-the-line battle followed all the way to the line, with Dragon Symbol first past the post – the distance a head.

Head on cameras after the race appeared to show some interference on the run-in and the Stewards took a similar view. After a lengthy enquiry, with views from both riders, the result was reversed and Campanelle promoted to first place. The Archie Watson-trained Dragon Synmbol certainly lost no credit, but was ultimately demoted to second.

After the race Wesley Ward seemed confident his mount would get the nod, and when the result was announced said “In the US we already would have took our picture and be drinking champagne”.

Ward had a few near misses earlier in the week, but his final runner at Royal Ascot 2021 meant he didn’t return to the States empty handed.


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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 £4m 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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