Ten Sovereigns

Ten Sovereigns won the Gr.3 Round Tower Stakes and Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes over 6f as a juvenile. Then as a 3YO in the Gr.1 July Cup, also over 6f and against older horses, he won by nearly three lengths from the Gr.1 winning sprinters Advertise and Fairyland. Both his sire No Nay Never and grandsire Scat Daddy have been successful with many different broodmare sires. Ten Sovereigns should follow suit as his bloodlines are largely American.

No Nay Never owes much of his early success to mares from the DANZIG line, and Ten Sovereigns is out of a mare by EXCEED AND EXCEL. As DANZIG is back in the fifth generation of Ten Sovereign’s foals, there is no barrier to further lines of DANZIG blood. The GREEN DESERT branch played a major role in No Nay Never’s becoming champion 2YO sire in 2022. His dual Gr.1 winner Blackbeard is out of a mare by BORN TO SEA, a son of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, who in turn sired the dam of Gr.2 winner Trillium. Another Gr.2 winner, Aesop’s Fable, is out of a daughter of SHINKO FOREST, another son of GREEN DESERT. No Nay Never has a 7f Gr.3 winner out of a mare by SEA THE STARS. There’s Listed winners out of daughters of CAPE CROSS and OASIS DREAM (2). OASIS DREAM is also the broodmare sire of Sioux Nation, a Gr.1-winning 2YO by Scat Daddy.

No Nay Never’s Gr.1 winner Alcohol Free is out of a grand-daughter of Danzig, by HARD SPUN. He is also working very well with mares by sons of DANEHILL. In addition to Ten Sovereigns he has top performers out of daughters of ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, ORATORIO, FASTNET ROCK and DANEHILL DANCER. Mares by KODIAC, DANSILI, CLODOVIL, DANETIME and HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR create only 4x3 to DANEHILL with Ten Sovereigns.

Scat Daddy’s son Caravaggio sired his first Gr.1 winner from a PIVOTAL mare and No Nay Never has Listed winners out of daughters of PIVOTAL and PEINTRE CELEBRE. PIVOTAL sired the grandam of the top-class Blackbeard, while the grandam of Gr.2 winner Aesop’s Fables is by NUREYEV’s son DANCING DISSIDENT.

MR PROSPECTOR 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. Two more of his Gr.2 winners are out of daughters of SPEIGHTSTOWN and CHESTER HOUSE.

Outstanding 2YO Gr.1 winner Little Big Bear is one of only two foals out of BERING mares.

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. Scat Daddy, No Nay Never and Sioux Nation all have Group/Stakes winners inbred to STORM CAT.

The SADLER’S WELLS line features in No Nay Never’s success story. His Gr.2-winning 2YO Shadn and a Listed winner have dams by SADLER’S WELLS and he has the 2YO Gr.3 winner Midnight Mile and two 2YO Listed winners out of GALILEO mares. Mares by HIGH CHAPARRAL have produced two Gr.3 winners to No Nay Never. Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING sired the 2nd dam of multiple Gr.1 winner Alcohol Free.

The SHIRLEY HEIGHTS male line has quickly made its mark with No Nay Never. His smart son Wichita had a dam by DASHING BLADE, while the 2022 Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Meditate and 2YO Gr.3 winner Midnight Mile respectively have a dam by DALAKHANI and a grandam by DARSHAAN.

Mares from the quick-maturing ROYAL APPLAUSE line should help Ten Sovereigns pass on his considerable juvenile ability. ROYAL APPLAUSE sired the second dam of No Nay Never’s Gr.2 winner Trillium. Daughters of DARK ANGEL, MEHMAS and EQUIANO would also 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.

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