Commonwealth Cup

The Commonwealth Cup is the most recent addition to the Royal Ascot meeting. Introduced for the 2015 meeting, the Commonwealth Cup is a brand new race that was introduced at Group 1 level and replaced the now defunct Buckingham Palace Stakes.

Run over a distance of 6 furlongs, the Commonwealth Cup is one of three Group 1 sprints run at the Royal Meeting and the only sprint open exclusively to 3-year-olds. In response to the introduction of the Commonwealth Cup, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes was closed to 3-year-olds.

Commonwealth Cup Betting

The Commonwealth Cup is the first Group 1 6 furlong sprint scheduled for the flat season, which means you won’t have information from comparable Group 1 races to draw on when placing your bets, unless entries raced in Group 1s in Ireland or France earlier in the year. However, you can expect to see a good section of the field graduating from either of the Sandy Lane Stakes or Duke of York Stakes, both of which are Group 2s raced over 6 furlongs in May. However, as with all sprints the results of these shouldn’t necessarily be taken too seriously when predicting a winner.

Top sprints tend to attract international fields that can make a muddle of the relative form of UK entries. Generally you’ll find the money getting behind a favourite who’ll be well underpriced by race time. Lay the favourite when he’s under the 2/1 mark and you’ll win your bet more often than not.

If you’re looking for a back bet, keep an eye on the Timeform rating for your entry as well as recent form, and avoid going with straight back bets as you’re far likelier to earn a return on an each-way punt.

Commonwealth Cup Odds