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Commonwealth Cup Tips - Back two runners in Royal Ascot Group 1
- The Commonwealth Cup takes place on day four of Royal Ascot
- Campanelle heads a field of 21 runners
- Dragon Symbol and Miss Amulet are our each-way selections
Miss Amulet (right) finishing second to Alcohol Free in the 2020 Cheveley Park Stakes. (Getty)
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 Runners
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, though, and her first run on ground faster than good-to-soft.
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.
2021 Commonwealth Cup Tips
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 four, maybe even five paid places likely to be available in some places, I'm going to have a couple of each-way punts.
DRAGON SYMBOL has been very well backed in recent weeks, but at 8/1 he retains each-way value. 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.
One who certainly seems overpriced is MISS AMULET, who edged out Sacred in the Lowther Stakes at York last season, and was only beaten half-a-length in the Cheveley Park Stakes on her final outing.
I was amazed when Ken Condon ran his filly in the Irish 1000 Guineas. He stated beforehand that she doesn't like very soft ground, so it was no surprise to see Billy Lee's mount finish out the back. A stiff six-furlongs on fast ground should suit this filly perfectly, and Miss Amulet can latch onto the pacesetters from stall three.
As this looks an incredibly open race, I'm going to take an each-way punt on both Dragon Symbol and Miss Amulet.
Commonwealth Cup Tip: Dragon Symbol Each-Way @800.00 at Bookmaker - 10 Units
Commonwealth Cup Tip: Miss Amulet Each-Way @2200.0 at Sportsbet - 5 Units