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Friday, 30 November 2018

Ten Sovereigns to Take the Sprinting Division by Storm in 2019

There are usually plenty of Ballydoyle talking horses over the winter that are bound for stardom the year after, but those are usually the ones aimed at classics and other middle distance races. However, one horse could be about to be the exception to that trend, and that is Ten Sovereigns. He goes into the winter unbeaten as a two-year-old, and he looks set to have a huge campaign in 2019. However, his best days may be in the sprinting division, meaning he will miss his chance to compete in a classic and go for the big middle distance pots. 

The bay colt ended his two-year-old campaign three from three, rounding off with a Group One win in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in September. He won a maiden on debut in striking fashion and added a Group Three to his name before winning the Group One Middle Park. There is a lot to like about how he moves through a race, and excitement around the horse continues to grow. He should come back bigger, stronger and potentially better next season.  This could push him to be rated as one of the best horses in training over any distance.

So far we have seen him run over six furlongs on all three of his starts, a distance that looks likely to be his best. He is out of the Group winning sprinter No Nay Never and has certainly inherited a lot of his speed. He has a very high cruising speed, which is ideal for the pace that sprint races are run at. The bookmakers also think that is the case, and have been impressed by the speed he has shown so far in his young career. 

Have a look here for example of that, where you will see him priced up as favourite already to win the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next summer. That race is run over a distance of six furlongs, bringing together some of the very best three-year-old sprinters in the world. To see him priced up as a favourite for that race already at this very early stage is a credit to him and what he has shown us on the racecourse so far. 

Just like every other season for many years now, as we go into the winter we will hear about Ballydoyle horses who are growing nicely, looking set for very good three-year-old campaigns. Although Ten Sovereigns may not be aimed at the typical races you would see Ballydoyle horses running in, he could be one of the very best to come out next season - and one that can take the sprinting world by storm when we do see him reappear. Early season targets are not set in stone just yet like they are for middle-distance horses but a race like the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot has to be on the long-term agenda for this young sprinter.

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