Royal Ascot: Perfect Power lands Commonwealth Cup

Fri 17 Jun 2022
 Perfect Power and Christophe Soumillon win the Commonwealth Cup (Photo: Dan Abraham /
Perfect Power and Christophe Soumillon win the Commonwealth Cup (Photo: Dan Abraham /

Perfect Power finished with a flourish to claim top honours in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

A dual Group One winner over six furlongs last term, Richard Fahey’s stable star won the Greenham over seven on his reappearance, which prompted connections to have a crack at the 2000 Guineas.

Having seemingly had his stamina limitations exposed on the Rowley Mile, the Ardad colt reverted to six furlongs in Berkshire and galloped home on the far side of the track under a power-packed ride from Christophe Soumillon to oblige as a 7-2 joint-favourite.

Flaming Rib and Flotus finished second and third respectively.

Soumillon told ITV Racing: "I think the track was a bit fast for him and with that draw I didn't have the chance to sit him back.

"I thought I was probably a bit too far back and I'm sure he can be much better on softer (ground), so it's good news.

He's a great horse, he has such a big heart."

Perfect Power is now unbeaten on all three starts in Group One company over six furlongs - he scored in the Prix Morny and the Middle Park as a juvenile last year - and Betfair cut the colt into 4-1 from 8-1 for next month's Darley July Cup over the same distance.

Fahey said: "We hoped this lad would stay but he’s definitely happier back sprinting. He’s a great doer and an absolute pleasure to train. You can switch him on and off.

"Christophe doesn’t need any instructions. He loves him and so do I. I think we will stay sprinting with him and probably head for the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs at Deauville.

"I was further back than I wanted, but Christophe Soumillon is the man.

"It’s fantastic. When you have a great belief in a horse and he doesn’t let you down - it's fantastic.

"When you’re a small trainer from the north of England, you need Group One horses. He has won three Group Ones now, it will be four soon. He is a special horse."

Soumillon added: "That is the greatness of a top trainer. We tried to give him more stamina for the 2000 Guineas, and you have to try. Now we know he is a top sprinter. He is a great horse. He has such a big heart and when I came by, I wasn’t sure if he would quicken again and then the last 150 yards he showed another turn of foot.

"It's great. Perfect Power was the best two-year-old I have ridden in terms of speed and, now at three, he is still giving a great performance. I hope this is just his first Group One of the season and I’m sure if he went to Deauville for the Prix Maurice De Gheest, that would be his race and then maybe at the end of the season we go seven, but the trainer knows more than me."

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