Perfect Power wins the 2022 Commonwealth Cup

On Friday, the Royal Ascot meeting offered two G1 races for three-year-olds. Sprinters lined up in the Commonwealth Cup, where Perfect Power made amends for his run in the 2000 Guineas and scored easily for Richard Fahey. Later, Inspiral once again demonstrated her outstanding class when scoring the Coronation Stakes. Moreover, her performance was definitely a gutsy one as she had to overcome some traffic issues.

Commonwealth Cup

In this turf G1, three-year-olds clashed over the distance of six furlongs and competed for the purse of£500,000. Twenty-one participants showed up here, including Perfect Power (7-2), trained by Richard Fahey, who absolutely shined on Friday. Piloted by Christophe Soumillon, the colt travelled smoothly throughout the race, and once asked to quicken up; he did so willingly. Subsequently, Perfect Power closed on the leaders, took command, and cruised home with the advantage of one and ¼ of a length. Crossing the wire in 1m 12.85s, he left Flaming Rib (14-1) in second, while filly Flotus (40-1) denied the odds when running in third.

The victorious son of Ardad has recorded six wins in nine outings as he bagged two G1s in 2021; in other words, he scored the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes, upon which he bagged a G3 trial for the 2000 Guineas. The distance of a mile was too long for him because Perfect Power is just pure speed, which he affirmed on Friday and achieved his third G1 victory in a fine style. Flaming Rib was one of the prominent contestants, and in the end, he was stronger than a filly who also pressed the pace, Flotus. She had to settle for third place. Cadamosto (40-1) was fourth in front of Miramar (125-1).

Coronation Stakes

The second turf G1 of the day belonged among three-year-old fillies who vied for the purse of £500,000. Twelve of them met at the distance of a mile while Inspiral (15-8) clang to the role of the favourite, and even though she ran into some room-related trouble, her victory was impressive.

Under Frankie Dettori, she galloped at the rear of the field, and therefore, she had to manoeuvre through her rivals to unfold her finish. Fortunately, she managed to find enough space for that, and her opponents had no chance as soon as she had a clear way. 

Inspiral switched to another gear and remained unbeaten after scoring her second G1 race in 1m 39.20s. Four and ¾ of a length behind, Spendarella (9-1) took second place by a short head, with Discoveries (11-1) running in third.

Trained by John and Thady Gosden, Inspiral was the best two-year-old filly of 2021. Although she wasn’t fit for the Classic races, she was for Friday’s race as her performance was phenomenal. The daughter of Frankel totally outshined her rivals, among which Spendarella delivered a second place for the US with Discoveries also running a big race in third. She represented Ireland together with fourth Tenebrism (10-1), while the 1000 Guineas victress Cachet (6-1) managed only fifth place. 

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