The 2017 renewal of the Commonwealth Cup (Friday 15:40) will only be the third-running of this Group 1 Sprint that is run over 6-furlongs. It has already produced two sprinting stars in Muhaarar and Quiet Reflection, and could well kickstart the career of another Champion Sprinter.
Both winners have come from stall-8
1 of the 2 winners had won last time out
No represented trainer or jockey has won the race before
Winners have been sent off 7/4 and 10/1
Winners ran 20 and 40 days previously
Finished placed in two Group-1s as a two-year-old, and impressive when winning a Group 3 over course and distance on his season debut. However, was receiving 4lb from runner-up Harry Angel that day, and Charlie Appleby’s horses were generally more forward than Clive Cox’s at the time.
Bound For Nowhere
Wesley Ward owns this horse, and thinks so highly of him that he regularly works him with Lady Aurelia. That suggests he’s got some serious pace, and he’s potentially the value against the British runners.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien likes to talk in superlatives in the hope that his horses live up to their hype on their way to a potentially lucrative career at stud, but you still have to sit up and take notice when he says this one has been recording sectional times that are faster than any horse he’s previously trained. A potential superstar, but evens isn’t an exciting price.
His trainer always leaves something to work on first time out, and he’s expected to get the better of Blue Point as they renew rivalries, having finished much further in front of Mubtasim at Haydock than he did at Ascot. Would be a very attractive proposition if you can get an each-way price about him.
Has little chance with Caravaggio on a line through Mehmas, and shouldn’t be winning.
Plenty to find on the ratings, and needs to find massive improvement to reverse earlier form with Blue Point and Harry Angel.
Finished a long way behind Caravaggio when last seen.
Boxed in lucky stall-8, but unlikely to bring up that hat-trick having been beaten in Group-3 company of late.
A second runner for Clive Cox, but this one shouldn’t be troubling the judge having already finished behind Harry Angel and Blue Point this season.
Well-beaten in a handicap off a mark of 92 last time, and the winner of this will probably be rated in the 120’s after victory here.
Interesting sprinter who is in good hands, but needs to find more than a stone to be competitive. Wins have come on the all-weather or with a bit of cut in the ground.
Well-beaten both starts at Ascot, the first time by Caravaggio, and the second by Blue Point.
A Fascinating race that looks capable of producing this year’s Champion Sprinter. The work-watchers at Ballydoyle won’t hear of defeat for Caravaggio, but prices of around evens reflect the hype. Meanwhile, Harry Angel and Blue Point fly the flag for the home trainers, with the former just preferred after posting a serious time at Haydock last time out. However, the market-leaders are so highly-regarded, it may be worth taking a chance on Bound For Nowhere, who could be just as special if he can keep tabs with Lady Aurelia at home.
Bound For Nowhere : Each-Way @ 10/1 with Unibet
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