Golden Horde Collects Commonwealth Prize

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has emphatically won the Commonwealth Cup at Royal .

Clive Cox's colt, a Group Two-winning juvenile before finishing second in last year's at , marked his seasonal return at the top level with a length-and-a-half triumph in the feature race on day four on Friday.

“I'm very proud of him. He's a lovely big, strong horse. He was a wonderful two-year-old, but with the size and scope he had we were always hopeful that when he strengthened into his frame he'd improve again,” Cox said.

“To win a Group One first time out with any horse is very special. A Commonwealth Cup means an awful lot, so hopefully he can carry it on.

Adam Kirby had the 5-1 victor handily placed behind the pace set by Mums Tipple, before pouncing in the final two furlongs to win with .

American filly , sent off at the same price as the winner, had to settle for second place for the second year in succession at the meeting – having finished runner-up for in the 12 months ago.

Ventura Rebel stayed on into third at 50-1, two and a half lengths further back.

“He's a proper horse and he's done nothing but improve. He strengthened up very well over the winter,” Kirby said.

“He's just like his dad, Force – he's improving as time goes on. He jumped away and travelled good and has got a very high cruising speed. He's just like his dad, apart from he's a different colour.

“He's very quick, but hits the line very strong over six furlongs. I can't see any reason why we would change it.”

Asked how he compares to previous sprint stars he has ridden, including Lethal Force and Harry Angel, Kirby said: “He's quite a special horse.

“I've been lucky to ride a lot of very good sprinters and in my book, this lad is right up there. I think it would be a very brave statement to say he's the best I've ridden, but he's extremely talented.”

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