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The 2018 Commonwealth Cup Stakes at Royal Ascot

Friday 22nd June 2018
3:05pm 2:05 PM 10:05 AM 9:05 AM 8:05 AM 7:05 AM The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)

About The Commonwealth Cup Stakes of Royal Ascot

The Commonwealth Cup was a completely new race in 2015 and joined the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee to become the third Group 1 sprint at Royal Ascot. The turf race, run over 6 furlongs (1207 meters), is restricted to 3-year-olds and was put in place as a Europe-wide measure to create a better Pattern for young sprinters and improve the quality of sprint races across the continent. Several races in the run up to the Commonwealth Cup were promoted in tandem, including the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot, in April to Group 3.

The Commonwealth Cup is held on the fourth day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in June. The race carries a purse of £400,000 ($567,720). Winner’s Lead up races include the French 2000 Guineas, Sandy Lane Stakes and Lacken Stakes.

The event’s appeal was helped by the outstanding first winner of the race as Muhaarar bolted in by four lengths. He would go onto win the July Cup, Prix Maurice De Gheest and British Champions Sprint against the open age horses before retirement was announced.

Designed to attract young horses from all over the world, the Commonwealth Cup improves the options available for 3-year-old sprinters across Europe. The race is a breeding ground for future sprinting stars, and the idea was to attract European horses who have run in their respective Guineas races (over a mile) and may not have been suited by the distance. It is also available to attract horses who have missed their respective Guineas races for the same reason and whose connections are seeking a prestigious Group 1 race.

While the foundations of Royal Ascot are rooted deeply in tradition, the spirit of innovation has also taken the meeting down new paths, and the most adventurous avenue became the birth of the Commonwealth Cup.

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