Royal Commando takes cost in Cammidge Trophy


Royal Commando pounced late to win the Unibet Cammidge Trophy Stakes at Doncaster.

Charlie Hills’ four-year-old sprinter was held up by jockey Kieran Shoemark, behind the tempo set by Simply Frank, till difficult inside the ultimate furlong after which seeing off runner-up Emaraaty Ana.

Royal Commando, who gained by a size and three-quarters at 15-2, was fourth at an enormous value within the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot earlier than failing so as to add to his solitary earlier victory on City Moor as a two-year-old.

His return to profitable type at this Listed stage was convincing, nevertheless. Evergreen Brando was a head behind Emaraaty Ana in third.

Shoemark stated: “He had a busy marketing campaign on the finish of final yr and it’s credit score to Charlie and his group that he was spot on immediately.

“He runs out and in of type a bit. Clearly he was fourth within the Commonwealth Cup, however misplaced his type. He simply appears a contented horse for the time being.

“We went a fairly onerous gallop, however I used to be all the time fairly assured. I hit just a little flat spot between the 4 and the three poles, however then he got here good for me.

“He was recreation and made my job straightforward, he even had a little bit of a go searching.”

He added: “On immediately I wouldn’t draw back from seven furlongs, however after we went clear he started wanting round so I’ll depart it as much as Charlie.”

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