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Caravaggio wins Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot

Caravaggio maintained his unbeaten record. Credit: PA

Caravaggio maintained his unbeaten record with a superb display in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The six-furlong contest was billed as one of the races of the week, as the Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio, so impressive in the Coventry Stakes at last year's meeting, took on a couple of major Godolphin-owned contenders in Harry Angel and Blue Point.

Just as he had done when bolting up in last month's Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock, Clive Cox's Harry Angel was soon racing enthusiastically at the head of affairs and ensured a strong pace.

Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby, had beaten Harry Angel in the Pavilion Stakes over the course and distance in early May and loomed up to challenge inside the final furlong.

Harry Angel managed to see him off on this occasion, but had no answer when the more patiently-ridden 5-6 favourite Caravaggio stormed by late on under Ryan Moore and there was three-quarters of a length between them at the line.

Harry Angel was in turn half a length in front of Blue Point, with the trio pulling nicely clear of American challenger Bound For Nowhere.

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Buveur D'Air wins Champion Hurdle in style

Noel Fehily celebrates his winning ride on Buveur D'Air. Credit: PA

On the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Buveur D'Air ran out a brilliant winner of the showpiece Champion Hurdle, powering clear in the hands of jockey Noel Fehily to beat stablemate My Tent Or Yours, who finished second for the third time.

Fehily said of his 5-1 winner: "Early on I felt I was doing too much and I thought it took me a while to get him switched off.

"He's just a very good horse. It's just fantastic. It was a great performance."

To watch highlights of the race, and for more Cheltenham updates, visit the ITV Racing website

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