17 June 2021: The Lir Jet Commonwealth Cup Preview

The Lir Jet runs tomorrow at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over 6 furlongs for 3-year-old colts and fillies at 3.40pm live on ITV.

Cieren Fallon has been booked to ride. He is drawn in stall 5 of 21, however Saint Lawrence is already a non-runner.

The Lir Jet’s run at Haydock in the Sandy Lane last month was very disappointing when he went off joint-favourite but it’s a race we can put a line through. He seemed to lose his action halfway through the race on extremely testing ground and as a result didn’t have a hard race.

He is a Royal Ascot winner having won the Norfolk Stakes last year so he is more than entitled to be in the line up tomorrow.

As expected, it is a very hot race with Campanelle heading the market for American trainer Wesley Ward and is ridden by Frankie Dettori. She won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last year so is hugely respected. A negative would be that she hasn’t run for 224 days, last seen finishing 4th at the Breeders Cup. It is reported her work has been good since arriving in the UK.

The French raider Suesa has won all her four starts to date and will appreciate plenty of rain. She is still very unexposed and seems to be progressing with every run but tomorrow again represents a step up in class for her.

Dragon Symbol who was joint-favourite with The Lir Jet at Haydock last time out was narrowly denied being beaten a nose. This was his first defeat in his five-race career and a quicker surface tomorrow will suit and looks another major contender with Oisin Murphy on board.

Others to note are the Clive Cox pair of Supremacy and Diligent Harry. Supremacy was a Group 1 winner last autumn but made a very disappointing seasonal reappearance but could easily bounce back to form. He is top rated in the race on 118 and wears blinkers for the first time.

Diligent Harry bypassed the Sandy Lane due to heavy ground and comes into this a fresh horse. He is yet to race on turf so it will be interesting to see how he handles the surface.

Michael Bell reported today “The Lir Jet is in very good form. We’re going to run him in a visor and also put a tongue strap on him. He actually scoped very well but I feel just to rule out the chances of swallowing a tongue we’re going to put a tongue strap on. We tried it on him on the gallops as well as the visor and he was very happy in them.

He has very good course form and I firmly believe that Ascot is a course for horses for courses and I’m expecting a big run. The horse looks great but he doesn’t want torrential rain but Ascot can definitely take plenty of rain so hopefully it doesn’t get too soft after the rain forecast.

We just want it to be a level playing field which it looks like being and the horse is in really good shape so fingers crossed for a good run and let's hope RacehorseClub are somewhere near the podium if not on it! I’m really looking forward to meeting the ticket ballot winners on what promises to be a great day's racing."

The Lir Jet is currently priced around 40/1 in places which looks good each way value.