Royal Ascot countdown: Equilateral team confident he can rise to Commonwealth Cup challenge

Wed 13 Jun 2018

Charlie Hills feels Equilateral can handle the step up to Group One level in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt has won two of his three starts and made a big impression when winning at Doncaster on his return this season.

His sole defeat came at York last September, but he suffered with sore shins following that run.

“He does remind me a lot of Equiano (sire), especially the way he gets his head down and gallops,” Hills told At The Races.

“His work has been very good and I’m very excited about running him on Friday.

“I regret running him at York because I had the Middle Park in my mind, but I wanted to get another race into him. He had a sore shin and wasn’t quite right so we had to forget the season.

“He went back to Juddmonte and spent the winter there, but he did well through the winter and here we are today.

“He beat Andrew Balding’s horse (Foxtrot Lady) comfortably that day (at Doncaster), but she is improving with every race (won twice) and runs on Saturday at York where she looks to have a great chance.”

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