World class trainer Aidan O'Brien

Sovereigns Shines In Middle Park Battle

1 year ago

Aidan O’Brien had a day to remember at Newmarket on Saturday and his Ten Sovereigns (8/13f) was probably the star turn as the No Nay Never colt kept his unbeaten record intact with hard-fought victory over the smart Jash in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.

Given a fine ride by the in-form Donnacha O’Brien, the well supported favourite settled beautifully through the first half of the six furlong top level juvenile event before moving through to join the front rank at the two furlong from home marker. At the same time, Simon Crisford’s previously unbeaten colt Jash (4/1) made his move under Jim Crowley, and as they moved out of the dip there was precious little between the two market leaders.

But when push really came to shove it was Ten Sovereigns who found that little bit extra, staying on determinedly to beat the Hamdan al-Maktoum-owned runner-up by half a length. The pair pulled three-and-a-half lengths clear of the back to form Molecomb Stakes winner Rumble Inthejungle (16/1), giving the form a very solid look.

“Donnacha gave him a super ride,” Aidan O’Brien told reporters at HQ as he saw his son complkete a hattrck on the afternoon having partnered the yard’s MOhawk (8/1) to victory in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakesm as well as Fairyland (6/1) in the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.. “He said it was the first time he’d felt green. He’s very exciting, he had to tough it out at the end. That was the exciting thing about today, that he came up to Group 1 standard as you don’t really know until you run them.”

Ten Sovereigns is now a 7/1 shot with bet365 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas back on the Rowley Mile in May, a race that is building up to be an absolute cracker as we head toward the winter break.  John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot (4/1 with 888sport), Charlie Appleby’s unbeaten Group 1 winner Quorto (8/1 with Paddy Power), and Gosden’s current second-string Calyx (9/1 with Betfair) are the other horses currently quoted in single figures for the first colts’ Classic of 2019.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.