O’Brien’s Newmarket Triple Topped By Undefeated Ten Sovereigns In Middle Park Stakes

Ten Sovereigns lived up to his billing as the star turn in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes by holding off the late challenge of Jash to maintain his unbeaten record.

The half-length success (front pair clear) completed a treble on the card for trainer Aidan O’Brien, and the son of No Nay Never was immediately installed 3-1 favorite for next month’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

However, O’Brien was cautious on that particular project, saying: “I think it might not be the right thing because he’s not long out since he started and we rushed two runs in together, and he just about made this one so I think it might be the wrong thing for him, but the lads will decide that.”

The trainer added: “He learned plenty today so I’m delighted with that.

“He’s a very fast horse, he’s got loads of speed, and it’s exciting for the lads now because they have all the stamina in the Galileo mares and now they have the start of all the No Nay Never and his sire Scat Daddy’s speed so that was the exciting thing about today, seeing him come up to Group 1 standard, because you don’t really know until they go and do it.

“Donnacha said when he came in after winning at the Curragh last time that it was the first time that he showed greenness and I was worried about the first day he ran, he galloped up the Curragh by himself, and then that’s why it wasn’t ideal to go back so quick for the next one but we felt that we had to go back if we were going to come here.

“I think he’s an exciting horse, when they can travel well and tough it out at the end, that’s a good sign.

“I think he’ll get a mile but not much further than that.

“The horses are running well now so we are delighted but we take nothing for granted, you just hope.”

Ten Sovereigns was slashed into 5-1 with Paddy Power for the 2,000 Guineas next spring.

Fairyland opened her Group 1 account by once again getting the better of The Mackem Bullet in what turned out to be a thrilling finish to the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The progressive 2-year-old daughter of Kodiac, who also edged out today’s runner-up in the Lowther Stakes at York on her last outing, has now won four of her five starts and her neck success provided Aidan O’Brien with a third successive victory in the prestigious fillies event.

Fairyland, who like the runner-up was bred at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland, was slashed into 14-1 for the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas back on the Rowley Mile next spring.

The winning trainer said: “She’s come forward from York and she’s a lovely filly.

“She came back from a break at York and we were delighted with her that day because we thought she would come forward from that run.

“She was affected as badly as most in our yard by the problems earlier in the season but we are delighted with her now, she’s a lovely big filly.

“Donnacha gave her a peach of a ride, she’s got loads of speed. We always thought that she would stay and get a mile but she’s got loads of speed. She relaxes very well and has got a lovely mind, which is key.

“We probably won’t run her again, she’s had a tough enough time.”

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