Ten Sovereigns has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore Stud for 2020.
A Group 1 winner at two and three years, the colt is a son of No Nay Never, a stallion who is rapidly becoming a replacement for his own sire, the late Scat Daddy.
Ten Sovereigns was trained by Aidan O’Brien and won his maiden by seven lengths up the Curragh. Only a week later he returned to the Curragh for the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes and again scored with ease. Later that month he justified favouritism in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Despite his obvious speed, Ten Sovereigns was given a short at classic glory in the 2000 Guineas. A clear non-stayer over the Newmarket mile, he was dropped back to sprinting and went on to put in one of the performances of the season with a dazzling display in the Group 1 July Cup.
Interestingly, he is the seventh successive horse in his direct male line to have won a Group 1 or Grade 1 race as a juvenile. That line includes No Nay Never, Scat Daddy, Johannesburg, Hennessy, Storm Cat and Storm Bird.
“Ten Sovereigns has great power and great presence,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin. “He’s the second fastest July Cup winner and the third fastest Middle Park winner of all time, and is by a seriously good sire in No Nay Never. I have no doubt that breeders are going to love him.”
BREEDERS' CUP RACE-BY-RACE PREVIEWS IN THE IRISH FIELD ON SATURDAY