Swiss breeze prompts antepost cuts

Swiss Storm is 20/1 for the Commonwealth Cup and 40s for the 2000 Guineas following his victory at Newbury on Saturday.

Swiss Storm produced a taking display at Newbury

The son of Frankel had been very disappointing on debut when heavily backed, but this time defied a market drift to produce a performance more in keeping with his illustrious pedigree.

Trainer David Elsworth said: "It was a total misconception that he was outpaced and that six furlongs didn't suit him.

"He has got bags of speed. I nearly put him in the Mill Reef but this race was worth nearly as much with all the bonuses.

"He will probably go for the Racing Post Trophy. Obviously he is a very exciting horse. He has always been a big horse. He was a big foal and a big yearling.

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"One doesn't want to get carried away as it was only a maiden he has won but he has pleased us ever since we have had him."

Swiss Storm is no bigger than 40/1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, with Elsworth's suggestion that the one-mile Racing Post Trophy could be next perhaps an indication that he is considered a Classic contender.

He can be backed at only half that price for the Commonwealth Cup – run over six furlongs at Royal Ascot – but the price is surely a reflection of that race's perceived lack of depth versus the Newmarket contest in May.

Harry Angel was also spoken of as a potential Commonwealth Cup candidate after he won the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.

Clive Cox's horse had only been seen once previously, finishing second in a maiden, but was notably strong in the betting before winning this Group Two prize.

Cox afterwards suggested that would be that for the season but, despite requests, bookmakers were reluctant to add the horse to their ante-post lists. Sky Bet were the exception at 10/1.

Saturday's feature race, the Ayr Gold Cup, went to the progressive Brando as Kevin Ryan secured his fourth triumph in the valuable handicap.

It could be stakes races now for the winner, who is 33/1 in places for the Qipco Champions Sprint at Ascot generally despite being 10/1 with Coral and 12s with Paddy Power.

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