Air Force Blue bids to bounce back in Commonwealth Cup

Air Force Blue

Air Force Blue: has been supplemented for the Coronation Cup

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 By Tony McFadden 1:42PM 11 JUN 2016 

AIR FORCE BLUE could bid to get his career back on track in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday after he was supplemented for the six-furlong Group 1.


A three-time Group 1 winner as a juvenile last season, Air Force Blue was bitterly disappointing in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and again in the Irish equivalent the Curragh and now looks set to drop back in trip as connections bid to salvage his reputation.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Air Force Blue could be joined in the Commonwealth Cup by stablemate Washington DC, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes at last year’s Royal meeting.

A total of 18 horses remain in contention, including leading ante-post fancies such as Quiet Reflection and Log Out Island.

Air Force Blue has been introduced into the Commonwealth Cup market at 6-1 by Paddy Power, who make impressive Sandy Lane Stakes winner Quiet Reflection the 5-2 favourite.

Acapulco’s name features among the possible contenders but connections have said she will run in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday, while Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lumiere is the most notable absentee.

Jet to soar?

The other Group 1 race at Royal Ascot on Friday is the Coronation Stakes, in which 18 fillies go forward.

The leading protagonists have stood their ground, including Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setting who is set to be auctioned at the Goffs London Sale on Monday.

Jet Setting, who lowered the colours of outstanding filly Minding on soft ground at the Curragh, has been well backed after Ascot was hit with 20mm of rain on Friday and is into 6-1 (from 8-1) to secure a second Group 1 prize.

Ballydoyle and Nemoralia head the market at 5-2.

Royal connection

There could be a Royal winner at the meeting as Carntop, who is owned by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, is one of 21 confirmations for the King Edward VII Stakes.

Carntop was narrowly beaten by Humphrey Bogart in the Derby Trial at Lingfield and the pair could renew rivalries at Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien has seven possible runners, including ante-post favourite Beacon Rock, while the Ger Lyons-trained Lustrous Light, a wide-margin winner at Navan last time, is an interesting supplementary entry.

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