What is the Commonwealth Cup?

The Commonwealth Cup is a Group One race for three-year-olds run over six furlongs and is the feature race on day four of Royal Ascot meeting. 

First run in 2015, the Commonwealth Cup is a relatively new race and replaced the Buckingham Palace Stakes.

Run over six furlongs, it takes place over the same distance as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but this contest is only open to three-year-old horses and is popular in Royal Ascot tips.

It is regularly contested by Guineas horses that failed to see out the mile dropping back to six furlongs. Richard Fahey's Perfect Power won the Commonwealth Cup as the 7/2 favourite in 2022.

  • Age – Three-year-olds only.

  • Odds –3 of the last 8 winners have been favourites/joint favourites, 5/8 winners have come from the top three in the online horse racing betting.

  • Last Run – 2/8 winners won on their last run before the Commonwealth Cup, 6/8 winners had their last run within the last 48 days.

  • Course Form – 7/8 winners had at least one previous run at Ascot, 3/8 winners had a previous win at Ascot.

  • Distance Form – 7/8 winners had at least three previous runs over six furlongs, 8/8 winners had at least one previous win over six furlongs, 5/8 had at least two previous wins over six furlongs.

  • Rating – 7/8 winners had a rating of 113 or higher.

  • Group Wins – 7/8 winners had at least one previous Group 1-3 win.

  • Season Form – 6/8 winners had at least one run that season, 4/8 winners had at least one win that season.

Key Commonwealth Cup Times

A time of 1:11.88 was set by Advertise in 2019. The horse was trained by Martyn Meade and ridden by Frankie Dettori.

The slowest winning time was set in 2021 when Campanelle won in a time of 1:16.67, trained by the American Wesley A Ward and ridden by Frankie Dettori.

The three quickest-run Commonwealth Cup races over the last eight renewals have been:
•    2019 - Advertise (1:11.88)
•    2015 - Muhaarar (1:12.05)
•    2018 - Eqtidaar (1:12.12)

Commonwealth Cup Top Trainers

Eight runnings of this race has produced eight different winning trainers.

They are – Aidan O’Brien, Clive Cox. Charlie Hills, Karl Burke, Wesley Ward, Richard Fahey, Sir Michael Stoute and Martyn Meade.

Commonwealth Cup Top Jockeys

Frankie Dettori has won the Commonwealth Cup twice, with the following all landing the race once each – Ryan Moore, Adam Kirby , Jim Crowley, Dane O'Neill, Christophe Soumillon and Dougie Costello.

Commonwealth Cup Odds History

The starting prices of the eight winners have ranged from 5/6 favourite Caravaggio in 2017 to 12/1 for Eqtidaar in 2018.

Commonwealth Cup Field Size History

The lowest field size was in 2019 when only 9 ran. The biggest entry was in 2022 when 20 horses took their chance.

Next Commonwealth Cup Renewal

Horses that do well in the Commonwealth Cup tend to go on to run in the July Cup Newmarket) and the Champion Sprint Stakes (Ascot).

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Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.