Cold Case Solves Commonwealth Cup Trial Riddle At Ascot

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Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's 3-year-old colt Cold Case (GB) (Showcasing {GB}–Killermont Street {Ire}, by Dream Ahead) closed his six-race juvenile campaign with victories in Doncaster's £300,000 Weatherbys 2-Year-Old S. and Redcar's Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy and came back off a 214-day break to register a game success in Wednesday's G3 British Racing School 40th Anniversary Commonwealth Cup Trial S. at Ascot. The 5-1 chance was in the squat position as the gates flew open and recovered to race on the front end after the initial strides. Scrubbed along when headed by G2 Coventry S.-winning 'TDN Rising Star' Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) approaching the quarter-mile marker, he rallied gamely under a drive to subdue that rival inside the final 100 yards and claimed an ultimately comfortable 1 1/2-length tally from 125-1 outsider The X O (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), who nailed Bradsell by a short-head on the line for second.

“I thought, as he hadn't run for a while, he might need it, but he picked up really well,” said winning rider Clifford Lee. “He's a good galloper, he's very consistent and he has a bit of boot as well. I will be more confident wherever he goes next time.”

Pedigree Notes

Cold Case, a full-brother to a yearling colt, is the second of three foals and lone scorer produced by Killermont Street {Ire}) (Dream Ahead). Killermont Street was purchased by Mark Johnston Racing from Ballylinch Stud at Goffs Orby for €35,000 in 2015, and is a multiple-winning half-sister to G3 Cornwallis S. victrix Ponty Acclaim (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}). Whitsbury Manor's Ed Harper purchased the mare privately, and reported to TDN Europe that she visited Showcasing again this season.

Cold Case, a successful Camas Park pinhook (100,000gns foal into 160,000gns yearling) at Tattersalls, shares his second dam Leopard Creek (GB) (Weldnaas) with MGSP Listed Prix Francois Mathet winner Talk Or Listen (Ire) and three-time stakes placegetter Roussel (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}).

Wednesday, Ascot, Britain
BRITISH RACING SCHOOL 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMMONWEALTH CUP TRIAL S.-G3, £80,000, Ascot, 5-3, 3yo, 6fT, 1:14.55, gd.
1–COLD CASE (GB), 129, c, 3, by Showcasing (GB)
1st Dam: Killermont Street (Ire), by Dream Ahead
2nd Dam: Leopard Creek (GB), by Weldnaas
3rd Dam: Indigo (GB), by Primo Dominie (GB)
1ST GROUP WIN. (100,000gns Wlg '20 TATFOA; 160,000gns Ylg '21 TATOCT). O-Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum; B-Whitsbury Manor Stud (GB); T-Karl Burke; J-Clifford Lee. £45,368. Lifetime Record: 7-4-2-1, $373,722. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–The X O (Ire), 129, c, 3, Zoffany (Ire)–Pivotal Era (GB), by Pivotal (GB). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (110,000gns 2yo '22 TATBRG). O-G Smith-Bernal & Anthony Verrier; B-Mrs Noreen Clibborn (IRE); T-John Ryan. £17,200.
3–Bradsell (GB), 129, c, 3, Tasleet (GB)–Russian Punch (GB), by Archipenko. (12,000gns Ylg '21 TATSOM; £47,000 2yo '22 GOFTY). O-Victorious Racing; B-Mrs D O'Brien (GB); T-Archie Watson. £8,608.
Margins: 1HF, NO, 1 3/4. Odds: 5.00, 125.00, 1.63.
Also Ran: Marbaan (GB), Rousing Encore (Ire), Magical Sunset (Ire), Desert Cop (GB), Mischief Magic (Ire), Trillium (GB).


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