Ten Sovereigns could sidestep the Sprint Cup at Haydock of Saturday Due to Their rain-softened Floor.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt belatedly delivered to his promise that was juvenile with a dominant display in the July Cup, after becoming a favorite in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Commonwealth Cup in Royal Ascot.
Even the No Nay Never colt could finish only sixth when a hot favorite to follow up at the Nunthorpe at York last month, but looked set to return to six furlongs in the Group One attribute on Merseyside of the weekend.
However, speaking at a press event in his yard on Wednesday afternoon, O’Brien explained:”I’d say we wouldn’t run on soft ground. There’s rain forecast and that is not excellent.
“He’s a real quick floor daisy cutter. Fairyland might run instead, if he does not run. That’s what we are thinking right now.”
Determined by his below-par performance behind the brilliant Battaash in the Nunthorpe, the trainer added:”He had been at the stalls a long time, it had been very warm and Ryan (Moore) said he felt lethargic when the stalls started. You suffer when you are currently running against Battaash if you are lethargic.
“It just happened so fast. He did blow following the race. Five furlongs, as you probably already know, is an artwork. You can have each of the pace and ability in the world but it’s a skill of hitting those gates and you’ve got to have feet”
O’Brien went on to show Ten Sovereigns could bring down the curtain in his racing career in Australia.
“The Everest is at Sydney and I think two thirds of the time the ground has been soft . When it is soft he won’t run there, but he could return to Melbourne, at which he might get better earth,” said the Ballydoyle handler.
“There are a couple of sprints down in Melbourne. I would not believe he will stay in training next year.”