Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:00
6f, Class 1
|Saturday 29th September 2018|
1 Ten Sovereigns 8/13F
2 Jash 4/1
3 Rumble Inthejungle 16/1
8 ran Distances: ½l, 3½l, ½l
Time: 1m 10.04s (slow by 0.34s)
A big-race treble for Aidan O'Brien as Ten Sovereigns holds off Jash to win
Ten Sovereigns made a spectacular debut at the Curragh in late August and returned to the track to win the Group Three Round Tower Stakes on his latest appearance.
With trainer Aidan O’Brien and his son Donnacha having already landed the Royal Lodge with Mohawk and the Cheveley Park with Fairyland earlier in the afternoon, Ten Sovereigns was a prohibitively priced 8-13 favourite to provide the Ballydoyle team with a big-race treble.
The odds-on shot travelled powerfully on the heels of the leaders for much of the way before hitting the front racing inside the final two furlongs.
Simon Crisford’s Jash, who was stepping up markedly in class following novice wins on the July Course and at Salisbury, covered the move and briefly threatened to make a real race of it.
However, Ten Sovereigns found more once tackled and passed the post half a length to the good.
Rumble Inthejungle was a further three and a half lengths back in third.
O’Brien said: “He learnt plenty. He is a very fast horse with a lot of speed. It is exciting for the lads as they have the stamina in the Galileo mares and now they have justified having the No Nay Never and Scat Daddy speed.
“That was the exciting thing today – he was going to Group One standard and you don’t really know how they will go until you run them.
“I’m delighted and Donnacha gave him a super ride. Donnacha said when he came in that it was the first time he showed greenness and I was worried about that as the first day he ran he galloped up the Curragh by himself.
“It wasn’t ideal to go back so quick for the next one, but obviously we were delighted that he did go back.”
Of the runner-up Simon Crisford said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled. It was a huge effort. We were beaten by a better horse on the day, but I’m convinced that when we get over a mile, our fellow will be even better. Great credit to him as obviously he lacks a lot of experience. So does the winner, who has also only had two runs (before today). I would say they are two very smart horses”.
Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
£275,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(4)||Ten Sovereigns (IRE) 8/13f||D O'Brien
|A P O'Brien||2|
|2nd||(8)||½||Jash (IRE) 4/1||Jim Crowley
|3rd||(1)||3½||Rumble Inthejungle (IRE) 16/1||James Doyle
|4th||(5)||½||Marie's Diamond (IRE) 28/1||S De Sousa
|5th||(3)||¾||Emaraaty Ana 17/2||Andrea Atzeni
|K A Ryan||2|
|6th||(6)||1½||Legends Of War (USA) 16/1||Oisin Murphy
|J H M Gosden||2|
|7th||(2)||½||Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) 7/1||J A Heffernan
|A P O'Brien||2|
|8th||(7)||hd||Space Traveller 33/1||D Tudhope
|R A Fahey||2|