2,000 Guineas aim for Ten Sovereigns

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

TEN Sovereigns main­tained his un­beaten record with vic­tory in the Jud­dmonte Mid­dle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The son of No Nay Never made a spec­tac­u­lar de­but at the Cur­ragh in Au­gust and re­turned to the track to win the Group Three Round Tower Stakes.

With trainer Ai­dan O’Brien and his son Don­nacha hav­ing al­ready landed the Royal Lodge with Mo­hawk and the Cheve­ley Park with Fairy­land ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, Ten Sovereigns was a pro­hib­i­tively priced 8-13 favourite to pro­vide the Bal­ly­doyle team with a big-race tre­ble.

The odds-on shot trav­elled pow­er­fully on the heels of the lead­ers for much of the way be­fore hit­ting the front rac­ing in­side the fi­nal two fur­longs.

Si­mon Cr­is­ford’s Jash, who was step­ping up markedly in class fol­low­ing novice wins on the July Course and at Sal­is­bury, cov­ered the move and briefly threat­ened to make a real race of it.

How­ever, Ten Sovereigns found more once tack­led and passed the post half a length to the good.

O’Brien said: “He learnt plenty. He is a very fast horse with a lot of speed.

“It is ex­cit­ing for the lads as they have the stamina in the Galileo mares and now they have jus­ti­fied hav­ing the No Nay Never and Scat Daddy speed.

“That was the ex­cit­ing thing to­day – he was go­ing to Group One stan­dard and you don’t re­ally know how they will go un­til you run them.

“I’m de­lighted and Don­nacha gave him a su­per ride. Don­nacha said when he came in that it was the first time he showed green­ness and I was wor­ried about that as the first day he ran he gal­loped up the Cur­ragh by him­self.

“It wasn’t ideal to go back so quick for the next one, but ob­vi­ously we were de­lighted that he did go back.”

Asked whether Ten Sovereigns could re­turn to Newmarket for the De­whurst Ten Sovereigns rid­den by Don­nacha O’Brien wins The Bet365 Cam­bridgeshire Hand­i­cap Stakes on day three of the Cam­bridgeshire Meet­ing at Newmarket Stakes on Oc­to­ber 13, the trainer added: “I think it might not be the right thing to do. It’s not long since he started, we rushed two runs in to­gether and he just about made it back for this one.

“I think to be fair to him the best thing will be to leave him alone (un­til next year), but the lads will de­cide. He is very ex­cit­ing. He prob­a­bly won’t get much fur­ther than a mile, if he gets a mile.”

While O’Brien ap­peared to be in two minds about whether Ten Sovereigns will de­velop into a 2000 Guineas con­tender, Cr­is­ford is in no doubt that will be the aim for Jash.

He told ITV Rac­ing: “I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled. It was a huge ef­fort. We were beaten by a bet­ter horse on the day, but I’m con­vinced that when we get over a mile, our fel­low will be even bet­ter.

“Great credit to him as ob­vi­ously he lacks a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. So does the win- ner, who has also only had two runs (be­fore to­day). I would say they are two very smart horses.

“Our horse is still very much on the leg. He has that very charm­ing Harry Pot­ter mark­ing on his face, I was hop­ing he’d bring a touch of magic to­day and he did.

“We were just out­gunned com­ing up the hill there, but I think he’ll strengthen a lot over the win­ter and he’ll have a Guineas prepa­ra­tion.”

Rum­ble In­the­jun­gle was a fur­ther three­and-a-half lengths back in third.

His trainer, Richard Spencer, said: “I’ve got a smile on my face for once!

“He has run well con­sid­er­ing we were out on the wing. He has run with the choke out early, which wasn’t the plan. The plan was to get a lead.

“He is a horse with a bright fu­ture and next year we will work back from the Com­mon­wealth Cup at Royal As­cot.”

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