The Commonwealth Cup is a flat horse race (Group 1) raced at a distance of six furlongs, held in England and open to three-year-old horses. It is held at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England every June of the year as part of the five-day Royal Ascot festival which signals the start of the flat horse racing season in England.

The Commonwealth Cup is the only flat horse race (Group 1) for three-year-old horses in Britain that allows geldings to compete. Likewise, it is the first age-restricted Group 1 horse race in Europe that is open to geldings.

The race was first held in 2015 as part of the changes introduced to the sprint horse racing program in Europe. The Buckingham Palace Stakes was removed from the Royal Ascot schedule to make room for the Commonwealth Cup.

Here are the odds to win the 2019 Commonwealth Cup. Odds were taken from as of 5/24/19:

Horse Odds
Calyx +150
Ten Sovereigns +400
Lady Kaya +800
Fairyland +1000
Jash +1200
Bulletin +1200
Shine So Bright +1200
Angel’s Hideaway +1200
Hello Youmzain +1400
So Perfect +1400
Sergei Prokofiev +1600
San Donato +1600
Khadeem +1600
Fox Champion +1600
Pretty Pollyanna +1600

“Trophy" Who Are The Favorites?

The betting favorite is in this race is Calyx,  a Great Britain-bred bay colt trained by John Harry Martin Gosden and owned by Khalid Abdullah. Calyx has so far won all of his first three career flat races started. He won the Coventry Stakes at Ascot last year and also claimed victory in the 2019 Commonwealth trial stakes held last May 1 at Ascot.

The Son of Kingman showed electric sprinting speed in winning the Commonwealth Cup trial, registered as the Pavilion Stakes, by more than four lengths. He was a favorite in the 2000 Guineas last year before he was injured.

Ten Sovereigns is an Irish-bred bay colt owned by Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien. In four career flat races started, he has won thrice. He was one of the best two-year-old colts in Europe in 2018 after going unbeaten in three races with wins in the Round Tower Stakes and Middle Park Stakes. The son of No Nay Never was the favorite in the Group1 2000 Guineas last May 4th at Newmarket but he finished the race in 5th place.

Bred in Ireland, Lady Kaya is trained by Sheila Lavery and owned by her niece Joanne Lavery. The bay filly is a fairytale story after she was unsold when the hammer came down at the €12,000 mark during the yearling sales. The horse nobody wanted only had one win in five races when she defied odds to win the 1000 Guineas Trial stakes last month. Lady Kaya then went on to finish second behind Hermosa in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes in Newmarket.

Fairyland is another Irish-bred bay filly who is owned by Mrs. Evie Stockwell, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien. She was among the best two-year-olds in Europe last year with victories in the Round Tower Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes. She had won four of five races before finishing 5th in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes earlier this month.

Jash is an Irish-bred bay colt owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and trained by Simon Crisford. In a total of four flat races run, Jash has won three races and finished second in the one he didn’t win. He is coming off a win at the Betway King Charles II Stakes in Newmarket just last week.

Bulletin is a chestnut colt trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by Winstar Farm LLC, China Horse Club, and SF Racing LLC. He won his first three races including the Palisades Turf Sprint Stakes at Keeneland last April 4th. In his last race at Churchill Downs last April 28th, he finished 4th in the William Walker Stakes.

“Trophy" Who Wins?

Calyx looked every bit a future superstar when he won the Coventry Stakes in Ascot last June but missed the rest of the season with an injury.  The Guineas 2000 was supposed to show us how good he really is but he was pulled out from the race two weeks before the race because John Gosden felt it would be too much to ask of him after a long layoff.

But after putting him in the Commonwealth Stakes trial, he won that race and now he’s favored to win the 2019 Commonwealth Stakes itself. Calyx is unbeaten in three races but I think he’s still untested. However, this is a good race for favorites as two out of the first three winners of the race were the betting favorites. Given the current list of favorites, I think Calyx is the best horse in the group and that’s why I’m picking him to win the 2019 Commonwealth Stakes. Prediction: Calyx

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