Ten Sovereigns could sidestep Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock .
After being a beaten favorite in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Commonwealth Cup in Royal Ascot, Aidan O’Brien’s colt belatedly delivered on his juvenile guarantee with a prominent display at the July Cup.
Even the No Nay Never colt could finish only sixth when a favourite to follow up in the Nunthorpe at York a month, but looked set to return to six furlongs in the weekend’s Group One feature on Merseyside.
But, speaking at a media event in his yard on Wednesday morning, O’Brien explained:”I would say we wouldn’t run on soft earth. There is rain prediction and that isn’t great.
“He’s a true quick floor daisy cutter. Fairyland might run rather, if he does not run. That is what we are thinking right now.”
Determined by his below-par performance behind the brilliant Battaash at the Nunthorpe, the coach added:”He was in the stalls a very long time, it was very hot and Ryan (Moore) said he felt lethargic whenever the stalls started. You suffer when you are running against Battaash, if you are lethargic.
“It just happened so fast. He did not barely blow after the race. Five furlongs, as you know, is an artwork. You can have all the speed and ability in the world but it is an art of hitting those slopes and you’ve got to have quick feet”
O’Brien went on to show Sovereigns could bring the curtain down in his racing career in Australia.
“The Everest is in Sydney and I believe two thirds of the time the ground was soft . If it’s soft he will not run there, however, he could return to Melbourne, at which he might get much better floor,” said the Ballydoyle handler.
“There are a couple sprints down in Melbourne. I wouldn’t believe he will remain in training .”