Pair Of Commonwealth Cup Supplements Anchor Royal Ascot Friday Fields

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As expected, G2 Sandy Lane S. hero Inisherin (GB) (Shamardal) was supplemented to Friday's G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, as fields for the fourth day of the meeting were revealed on Saturday.

G3 Horris Hill S. hero Orne (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) has also been supplemented at a cost of £46,000 to bring the current field to 22. The two late entries face dual Group 1 winner and co-favourite Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) in the six-furlong race. Other notables signed on include G3 Prix de Cabourg scorer and May 18 Listed Carnarvon S. hero Elite Status (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}), Amo Racing's G1 Phoenix S. victor Bucanero Fuerte (GB) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) who just won the G3 Lacken S. on May 19, one for Aidan O'Brien in Group 2 winner and three-time Group 1-placed River Tiber (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and the G1 Cheveley Park S.heroine Porta Fortuna (Ire) (Caravaggio).

The latter also holds an entry in the G1 Coronation S., which will be run without Classic winner Fallen Angel (GB) (Too Darn Hot {GB}). Of the 11 remaining fillies, G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Elmalka (GB) (Kingman {GB}) makes her first start since her Classic win for Roger Varian. Third to Elmalka that day was multiple group winner and two-time Group 1-placed Ramatuelle (Justify) from France from the Christopher Head yard. It is another daughter of Justify that garners favouritism with a week until the race in the form of Coolmore's Opera Singer. The Group 1 winner was third to Fallen Angel in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas. The winner of the French equivalent, His Highness The Aga Khan's Rouhiya (Fr) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), will be making her first start since that May 12 Classic at ParisLongchamp.

In the G3 Albany S., 24 fillies have stood their ground, like the undefeated stakes winner Hot Darling (Ire) (Too Darn Hot {GB}). Joining the Amy Murphy trainee are a trio from Ballydoyle. G3 Fillies Sprint S. heroine Fairy Godmother (Ire) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) is one of the trio, as are the winners Heaven's Gate (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) and Truly Enchanting (Ire) (No Nay Never). Godolphin's two-for-two 'TDN Rising Star' Mountain Breeze (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) is set to line up, as are the Amo Racing pair of unbeaten listed winner Enchanting Empress (GB) (Sergei Prokofiev) and the Fillies Sprint S. third California Dreamer (GB) (Mehmas {Ire}).

The final group race on the Friday card is the G2 King Edward VII S. run over 1 1/2 miles for 3-year-olds, and 21 remain in the running. A total of nine hail from Ballydoyle, with winner and G3 Chester Vase runner-up Agenda (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) showing the way. Diego Velazquez (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) will be hoping for some redemption and the Group 2 winner last emerged victorious from the G2 Champions Juvenile S. at Leopardstown in September, but has three unplaced runs since.  G3 Gallinule S. hero Chief Little Rock (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is also among the current entries.

Dual Group 3 winner Calandagan (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) was last seen winning the G3 Prix Hocquart for His Highness The Aga Khan. Juddmonte's Macduff (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) also appears to fit with these on paper and was second in the G3 Classic Trial S. at Sandown earlier this spring before running off-the-board in the G1 Betfred Derby. Brook Farm Bloodstock's War Rooms (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) is also aiming to progress after a third in the G2 Dante S. at York in mid-May.

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