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Royal Ascot: Inisherin storms to Commonwealth Cup success for Kevin Ryan and Tom Eaves

Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot is won by Inisherin, trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Tom Eaves, who produces an impressive success in the six-furlong Group One contest; watch every race from Royal Ascot live on Sky Sports Racing

Inisherin ridden by Tom Eaves wins the Commonwealth Cup during day four of Royal Ascot
Image: Inisherin, ridden by Tom Eaves, wins the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot

Inisherin justified favouritism in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot with an emphatic success under Tom Eaves.

Kevin Ryan's charge, who started at 9/4 after being supplemented for the race for £46,000, travelled well just off the early pace set by Orne in the six-furlong Group One contest.

The Shamardal colt then eased ahead around a furlong from home and stretched clear in the closing stages to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

Lake Forest emerged from the pack to snatch second from Jasour, who had pulled hard before staying on after missing the break, with Kind Of Blue fourth, while Givemethebeatboys was never a factor.

Elite Status, who like the winner is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, was declared a non-runner on the morning of the race.

Inisherin ridden by Tom Eaves wins the Commonwealth Cup during day four of Royal Ascot
Image: Inisherin stetches clear to take the first prize

Paddy Power made Inisherin, who was sixth over a mile in the 2000 Guineas, their 5/2 favourite from 10/1 to double his top-level tally when he meets his elders in the July Cup at Newmarket.

Eaves said: "He's a machine. I'm very lucky to be on him. A big thank you to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid and Kevin Ryan.

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"I've ridden some good sprinters, the last one being Glass Slippers. Tangerine Trees, Brando, they've all been very good but we all know how hard they are to come across. Fair play for keeping me on him, a massive thanks to everyone.

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"He's a unit of a horse, you see how long it took me to pull up. He's got a lot of class. He's quick and when I got off him after the Guineas, before I had even opened my mouth, Kevin said he was a sprinter."

Ryan added: "It really went to plan, he travelled well and Tom even said he didn't take him far enough. The plan was always to fill up at the two [furlong pole] and then go and stretch him.

"We know he's got stamina as well as speed, it was a joy to watch. He's a very good horse and the great thing about him is he's got such a good temperament.

"Some of these good horses have a bit of an edge to them, but this guy is an absolute pleasure to train. He never gives me a moment of worry.

"We'll go to the July Cup now, he's in the Maurice de Gheest and obviously there's Champions Day back here and the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

"He improved from Haydock. I think he is just going to get quicker and better at this job. He's a joy to train, he's an absolute legend."

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