2023 Commonwealth Cup & Coronation Stakes Recap

The feature races were easier to explain at Royal Ascot on Friday, as the brilliant Irish filly Tahiyra chalked up her third top-level victory with an authoritative success in the G1 Coronation, and hugely progressive sophomore sprinter Shaquille broke through into the big time when stretching his winning streak to five in the G1 2023 Commonwealth Cup.

Breeders Cup Odds

Coronation Stakes

G1, £600,000, 1m turf (round), 3yo fillies

Tahiyra shows her class

European champion juvenile filly Tahiyra staked her claim for similar second-season honours with a smooth success in the Coronation, the feature at Royal Ascot on Friday, putting away longshots Remarquee and Sounds Of Heaven to become the first winning favourite at G1 level all week.

The 8-13 favourite was winning her third G1 from just five starts and never really looked in danger of defeat, going from back to front under Chris Hayes to score by a length from Remarquee, who had a head to spare over Sounds Of Heaven. The second-choice Meditate led for much of the way before fading into fourth, and has finished behind Tahiyra in all four of their encounters.


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Tahiyra, previously winner of the G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas and denied a perfect resume only by a half-length defeat in the G1 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, is a sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa, but veteran trainer Dermot Weld – who won the 1990 Belmont Stakes with Go And Go –  explained that the siblings don’t share every family trait.

“They’re different. Tarnawa stayed well, this filly has more pace,” he said. “But they’re both equally good on the racecourse. We’ll give Tahiyra a break now and bring her back in the autumn – she could go up in distance too.”

2023 Coronation Stakes Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Tahiyra1.621.05
2. Remarquee 3.25
3. Sounds Of Heaven 1.95

Winning time: 1m 41.69s

Commonwealth Cup

G1, £600,000, 6f turf (straight), 3yo

Slam dunk for Shaquille

Aidan O’Brien has won three major races this week, but the trainer’s most fancied contender of the meeting bit the dust in the 2023 Commonwealth Cup when Little Big Bear was only runner-up to Shaquille, who took his winning streak to five with an incredible last-to-first surge to post his first victory in Group company.

Shaquille flunked the start in a big way under Oisin Murphy and trailed the field after a furlong, but there wasn’t much pace and the 9-1 fourth-choice was soon back in the thick of it. Little Big Bear hit the front a furlong out but Shaquille ran him down in the closing stages to win going away by a length and a quarter, with boxcar longshot Swingalong hanging on for third after setting the fractions, three-quarters of a length further back.


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“He was good, wasn’t he?” said trainer Julie Camacho, for whom this was a breakthrough success at the highest level. “It’s a massive day for everyone at the yard – I never thought I’d have a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot.”

2023 Commonwealth Cup Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Shaquille10.002.30
2. Little Big Bear 1.01
3. Swingalong 14.35

Winning time: 1m 13.15s

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