Ten Sovereigns could sidestep Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock Due to Their ground.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt belatedly delivered on his promise that was juvenile with a prominent display at the July Cup after becoming a beaten favorite in the 2000 Guineas and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
Even the No Nay Never colt could finish only sixth last month, when a favorite to follow up at the Nunthorpe at York, but seemed set to return to six furlongs in this weekend’s Group One feature on Merseyside.
However, speaking at a media event at his yard on Wednesday morning, O’Brien explained:”I would say we wouldn’t run on soft earth. There is that isn’t good and rain forecast.
“He is a real speedy ground daisy cutter. Fairyland might run, if he doesn’t run. That is what we’re thinking right now.”
Reflecting on his below-par performance supporting the brilliant Battaash at the Nunthorpe, the trainer added:”He was at the stalls a long time, it was very hot and Ryan (Moore) stated he felt lethargic whenever the stalls opened. If you’re lethargic once you’re running against Battaash you endure.
“It just happened so quick. He did blow following the race. Five furlongs, as you probably already probably know, is an artwork. You can have all the pace and ability in the world but it’s a skill of hitting those slopes and you have to have quick feet”
O’Brien went on to reveal Ten Sovereigns could bring down the curtain in his career in Australia later in the year.
“The Everest is at Sydney and I believe two thirds of this time the ground was soft . If it is tender he won’t run there, however, he could go down to Melbourne, at which he could get far much better floor,” said that the Ballydoyle handler.
“You’ll find a couple of sprints down in Melbourne. I wouldn’t believe he will stay in training .”