Ace Sprinter Ten Sovereigns to Coolmore
Brilliant Middle Park Stakes and July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for 2020. Rated the best son of the phenomenally successful young sire No Nay Never, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns looked superstar material from the very outset. First time out at the Curragh he faced no less than 24 rivals but he turned the six-furlong contest into a procession sauntering clear to score by seven lengths. Only a week later he returned to the Curragh for the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes and again scored with ease. Later that month he made it 3-for-3 when justifying favouritism in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
After failing to see out the mile when favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, Ten Sovereigns was dropped back to sprinting and put in one of the performances of the season with a dazzling display in the Group 1 July Cup. Several Group 1-winning sprinters including Commonwealth Cup winner Advertise were left trailing in his wake.
Bred for both speed and precocity, Ten Sovereigns is the seventh successive horse in his direct male line to have won a Group 1 or Grade 1 race as a juvenile.
“Ten Sovereigns has great power and great presence,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin. “He’s the second fastest July Cup winner and the third fastest Middle Park winner of all time and is by a seriously good sire in No Nay Never. I have no doubt that breeders are going to love him.”