Hootenanny Returns to Royal Ascot for Commonwealth Cup

Hootenanny Returns to Royal Ascot for Commonwealth Cup

2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) winner Hootenanny, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, will make his second appearance at England’s most prestigious race meet when he faces seventeen rivals in the Commonwealth Cup (Eng-I).

The inaugural running of the six-furlong race for three-year-olds has drawn a very deep field that also includes the group I winning filly Tiggy Wiggy, who has hit the board in all ten of her starts to date, and Limato, who has won five of his six career starts while competing at five different tracks.

Owned by Coolmore and trained by Wesley Ward, Hootenanny parlayed his success at Ascot last season into a runner-up effort in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) and a 3/4-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He opened 2015 with a decisive 6 1/4-length victory in a 5.5-furlong turf allowance race at Keeneland, signaling his readiness to return to sprinting for the Commonwealth Cup. Ryan Moore is scheduled to ride the son of Quality Road, who will start from post position 14.

The complete entries are as follows:

Commonwealth Cup (Eng-I)
#, Horse, Jockey, Trainer

1 Salt Island, Jamie Spencer, Charles Hills
2 Home of the Brave, James McDonald, Hugo Palmer
3 Pastoral Girl, Tom Eaves, James Given
4 Goken, Olivier Peslier, H-A Pantall
5 El Valle, Mickael Barzalona, Mlle V Dissaux
6 Adaay, Paul Hanagan, William Haggas
7 New Providence, Jim Crowley, Hugo Palmer
8 Mubhaarar, Dane O’Neill, Charles Hills
9 Anthem Alexander, Pat Smullen, Edward Lynam
10 Kool Kompany, Pat Dobbs, Richard Hannon
11 Cyclogenisis, John Velazquez, George Weaver
12 Limato, James Doyle, Henry Candy
13 Jungle Cat, William Buick, Charlie Appleby
14 Hootenanny, Ryan Moore, Wesley Ward
15 Ahlan Emarati, Silvestre De Sousa, Peter Chapple-Hyam
16 Tendu, Frankie Dettori, John Gosden
17 Tiggy Wiggy, Richard Hughes, Richard Hannon
18 Profitable, Adam Kirby, Clive Cox

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin’s quest to become North America’s richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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