Royal Ascot News: Perfect Power ready for potent Commonwealth Cup performance

The Commonwealth Cup is another ultra competitive Royal Ascot sprint on Friday, June 17. Richard Fahey may just have the Perfect Power to blast through the pack.

Northern trainer Richard Fahey is up for a crack at the premier Southern meeting at Royal Ascot as he primes Perfect Power for a crack a the Commonwealth Cup.

A winner of the Norfolk Stakes last season at Royal Ascot, Perfect Power then went on a three race win streak that took in the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Greenham Stakes at Newmarket.

A seventh in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket was no disgrace for the Ardad colt and Perfect Power is ready to show the force again over six furlongs in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup.

"I feel dropping him in trip is the route he needs to go and I'm not disappointed I missed the St James's Palace Stakes. This looks the ideal race for him," said Fahey.

"I wasn't really tempted for the St James's Palace, not after the Guineas. He didn't have an easy run in the Guineas, but he has bounced right back and he is in great form. We are very pleased with him.

"I see him as a sprinter now - six or seven furlongs is his trip."

Fahey has plenty of future options for Perfect Power, adding: "There is the Maurice de Gheest, there is a decent seven-furlong at York and there is the Foret over seven furlongs - all the decent sprints.

"Let's see how we get on and work away from there."

Yet, fellow Northern powerhouse trainer Karl Burke will not let Fahey have his own way, saddling El Caballo who is after a brilliant seven-timer.

The drying ground on a hot day may be a slight negative for El Caballo which literally means "the horse" in Spanish.

Burke said: "He did his final little blow on Tuesday morning and moved really well - he's in great form.

"Ideally I'd have preferred good ground, but I'm sure he'll cope with it as he is a very good horse and ground permitting I think he'll step up on his run in the Sandy Lane.

"He slightly goes under the radar because he only just gets the job done each time, but I think he's still on an upward curve. We went into the Sandy Lane with a couple of niggles about him and I'm pretty confident he's improved again.

"If it was good or good to soft ground I'd be very bullish."

Latest news