Ten Sovereigns won his first three starts, all as a juvenile, including the Gr.3 Round Tower S. and the prestigious Gr.1 Middle Park S. over six furlongs. He retained his unbeaten record in this historic event, crossing the line with his ears pricked, to earn a Timeform rating of 120p, the “p” signifying that he was likely to improve further. This he did, with the pinnacle of his 3yo season coming in the Gr.1 July Cup over six furlongs. Tackling older horses for the first time, he won by nearly three lengths from Gr.1 winners Advertise and Fairyland.
Ten Sovereign can be expected to make a fast start to his stallion career. His sire No Nay Never was Europe’s leading first-crop sire in 2018 and Ten Sovereigns’ grandsires Scat Daddy and Exceed And Excel were respectively champion first-crop sire in North America and Australia. Both No Nay Never and Scat Daddy have been successful with many different broodmare sires. Ten Sovereigns can be expected to follow suit.
DANEHILL will be back in the fourth generation of Ten Sovereigns’ foals. This means that mares by sons of Danehill will create only 4x3 inbreeding to the many-times Champion sire. No Nay Never owes much of his early success to mares by sons of DANEHILL, including ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (Gr.2 scorer Land Force), ORATORIO (dual Listed winner Servalan), FASTNET ROCK (Gr.2-placed Neverland Rock, plus Gr.3 Australian winner Need I Say More) and DANEHILL DANCER (Gr.1-placed The Irish Rover and Gr.3-placed We Go). Mares by KODIAC, CAMACHO, DANSILI, DYLAN THOMAS, CLODOVIL, DANETIME and HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR could suit Ten Sovereigns. Mares by the likes of CHOISIR, MASTERCRAFTSMAN and ZOFFANY create only 4x4 to Danehill.
The GREEN DESERT branch of the DANZIG line also has plenty to offer, as No Nay Never has a 7f Gr.3 winner out of a SEA THE STARS mare, as well as Listed winners out of daughters of CAPE CROSS and OASIS DREAM (2). OASIS DREAM is also the broodmare sire of a Gr.1-winning 2yo by Scat Daddy. Mares by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, LAWMAN, DESERT STYLE and KHELEYF are other options.
Fast horses from the NUREYEV line could suit, such as daughters of PIVOTAL, EXCELLENT ART, CAPTAIN RIO and KYLLACHY. SIYOUNI, with his dam by DANEHILL, could be especially suitable, creating 4x4 to Danehill and 5x5 to Nureyev. No Nay Never’s Listed winner All The King’s Men has a dam by PEINTRE CELEBRE.
Although No Nay Never is inbred 3x4 to MR PROSPECTOR, this outstanding American stallion will be no closer than the fifth generation of Ten Sovereigns’ offspring. No Nay Never is thriving with mares with MR PROSPECTOR blood. The Gr.2-winning siblings Arizona and Nay Lady Nay have a dam by ENGLISH CHANNEL, a son of SMART STRIKE. Another Gr.2 winner, Chestnut Honey, has a dam by CHESTER HOUSE.
STORM CAT is another who will be well back in Ten Sovereigns’ foals. Ten Sovereigns should do well with mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND, SHAMARDAL and LOPE DE VEGA.
The SADLER’S WELLS line is sure to provide Ten Sovereigns with some good winners. No Nay Never already has a Gr.2-winning 2yo with a dam by SADLER’S WELLS and he has two black-type-winning 2yos among his first 7 starters out of GALILEO mares. Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING sired the second dam of Gr.1 winner Alcohol Free. Mares by MONTJEU and HIGH CHAPARRAL are others to consider.
The SHIRLEY HEIGHTS male line has quickly made its mark with No Nay Never, with his smart son Wichita having a dam by DASHING BLADE.
Mares from the quick-maturing ROYAL APPLAUSE line should help Ten Sovereigns pass on his considerable juvenile ability. Daughters of ACCLAMATION, DARK ANGEL and EQUIANO would suit.
No Nay Never has a Gr.3 winner out of an INDIAN RIDGE mare and his Group winners Wichita, Land Force and Love Locket all have second dams by INDIAN RIDGE.
BLUSHING GROOM’s sons RAINBOW QUEST, NASHWAN and RAHY collectively sired the second dams of four of No Nay Never’s black-type winners, and RAINBOW QUEST also sired the dam of one of his Listed winners.