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2021 Commonwealth Cup Tips - Two to back in this thrilling Group One

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Commonwealth Cup
  • This Group One takes place on day four of Royal Ascot on Friday 18th June
  • Campanelle heads a field of 21 runners
  • Campanelle and Dragon Symbol are the two we're backing to win
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Campanelle winning at Ascot in 2020. (Getty)
Jon Vine 18 Jun 2021
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The opening Group One on day four at Royal Ascot is the Commonwealth Cup. This six-furlong contest for three-year-olds was only introduced to the Royal meeting schedule in 2015, and 21 talented sprinters will take part in this year's renewal.

We've taken a look through the confirmed runners and picked out our best betting tips.

2021 Commonwealth Cup Odds 


Name
Odds
Campanelle9/2
Suesa5/1
Dragon Symbol8/1
Diligent Harry11/1
Supremacy11/1
Jumby14/1
Measure Of Magic14/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken on 16/6/21*

2021 Commonwealth Cup Runners


Campanelle2021 Commonwealth Cup FavouriteGET 9/2 HERE
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The betting here is headed by Campanelle, who beat Sacred in the Queen Mary Stakes to win on her Royal Ascot debut last year. Wesley Ward's filly went on to win the Prix Morny and she's greatly respected.

As is Suesa, who'll make her British debut in the Commonwealth Cup. Francois Rohaut's raider has won all four of her starts in France. This will be her first start in Group One company, but the ground has turned in her favour.

Dragon Symbol has come from nowhere to spearhead Britain's challenge in this Group One. Archie Watson's three-year-old racked up four impressive wins at the start of the year, and lost nothing in defeat when second to Rohaan on heavy ground at Haydock last time out.

Clive Cox had no excuse for Supremacy's shocking reappearance at Ascot, where last year's Middle Park Stakes winner was beaten after three furlongs. On his best juvenile form, Supremacy has to be in the discussion, and he can't possibly run as bad on Friday as he did on his reappearance.

Cox also runs Diligent Harry, who looked an excellent prospect when winning on All Weather Finals Day. Jumby will represent Eve Johnson-Houghton at Royal Ascot, while Fivethousandtoone, Method, Sacred and Dandalla bring strong juvenile form to the table.

Johnny Murtagh runs Measure Of Magic, who's won two Listed sprints so far this season. Adrian McGuinness enters A Case Of You in Britain for the first time, while Ken Condon's Miss Amulet has plenty of experience on British soil to draw on.

Laws Of Indices, Mooneista and Lippizanner represent Irish connections. Isabella Giles, Happy Romance, Saint Lawrence, The Lir Jet and Mighty Gurka will also take their chance.

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Archie Watson has already tasted Royal Ascot success. (Getty)


*VERDICT WAS UPDATED AT 9:20AM ON RACE DAY*


2021 Commonwealth Cup Tips


Campanelle2021 Commonwealth Cup Tip 1GET 9/2 HERE
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While plenty like to be up with the pace, Mighty Gurkha and Isabella Giles are the two dependable front-runners in this field. They've been drawn next to each other in stalls nine and ten, so it seems highly likely that the field will converge towards the centre of the track.

This is, arguably, the most open renewal of the Commonwealth Cup that's ever been staged. You really could make a decent case for at least half of the field. With the ground now soft, verging on heavy, the French raider Suesa has been backed into favouritism. I, however, would rather side with CAMPANELLE in these conditions.

When the ground is very quick at Ascot, punters always over-bet the American runners. When the ground is soft, they're usually overlooked, and many go on to run well beyond their odds. The ground was only good when Campanelle won here last year, and she followed up by scoring in the Prix Morny on soft ground in France. Frankie Dettori's mount is proven on all kinds of ground and her odds get more appealing by the minute.

Dragon Symbol2021 Commonwealth Cup Tip 2GET 11/2 HERE
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Archie Watson did say he would prefer better ground for DRAGON SYMBOL, which has put me off slightly. However, I thought Oisin Muprhy's mount acquitted himself well on Haydock heavy last time out, so I'm going to stick with my first ante-post selection.

Archie Watson's youngster bolted up three times over six furlongs on the all-weather, before surging clear to win at Hamilton on fast ground.  Oisin Murphy's mount ran a cracker on heavy ground at Haydock the last day, going down by just half-a-length on his first start in Grouped company. This son of Cable Bay will be much more comfortable back on quicker ground and Dragon Symbol should have enough raw pace to challenge.
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Verdict

Since the ground has switched to soft, I've had a bet on Campanelle. I bet on Dragon Symbol when I published my initial preview, and I fancy he can handle the conditions.

I had initially tipped up Miss Amulet, as I felt she would love fast ground. The weather forecast has gone against her now, but there's still a chance she could outrun her odds.


2021 Commonwealth Cup Tip 1: Campanelle Straight Win @450.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
2021 Commonwealth Cup Tip 2: Dragon Symbol Straight Win @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 10 Units

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