Royal Ascot Ante-Post Commonwealth Cup Selections

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Perfect Power 5/1

Perfect Power for Richard Fahey looks to be stepping back down in trip for the Grade One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and at his current price of 5/21 could be value.

A superb two year old winning four of his six events including the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at last year's royal meeting, his first Group One in France in the Prix Morny and rounding off last term at Newmarket over 6f when taking the Middle Park Stakes.

This season his handler believed he would get further with the first part of his season setting him up for a crack at the 2000 Guineas.

He made his seasonal debut in the 7f Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury when seeing off a good field and not looking to have some stamina doubts.

However, stepped up to a mile he could only finish seventh of 15, not getting the trip but showing clear pace early on to make you think the drop back to 6f could be on the cards.

The form of his two year old career is something to behold and if this race is the plan, his current price of 5/1 will not last long.

Ehraz 16/1

Our each way selection in the race at a huge price of 16/1 is the Richard Hannon trained Ehraz who looks to be overpriced in the market to us when comparing him to Go Bears Go who sits at around the 10/1 mark.

The three year old Shadwell Estate owned colt was seen three times last term having been bought for 180,000gns and on debut was a huge eye-catcher at Newmarket finishing second behind the smart Noble Truth, flashing home late from off the pace.

He was bought back to 6f off the back of that run over course and distance at Ascot and went on to bolt up in Maiden company, breaking his duck.

Seen once more last term he was a strange fifth at York in the Group Three Acomb Stakes, with the race truly falling apart.

Back for another season he made his seasonal return in the Group Three Commonwealth Cup Trial and travelled like the best horse for a long way but just found very little, looking in need of the run.

Stripping much fitter for the run he returned at Newbury in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes and under a less than impressive ride by Jim Crowley, he still managed to only go down by a short head to the talented Tiber Flow.

At 16/1 he is expected to keep improving and although going into Group One company, his turn of pace in the final furlong was frightening when last seen and if being closer to the pace, he could hit the frame.