Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes
Group 1, Newmarket 15:00
£275,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1  
Saturday 29th September 2018

Aidan O’Brien's Ten Sovereigns, who is the general 8-1 second favourite for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas, will bid to make it three from three in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 29.

Ten Sovereigns
© Caroline Norris
Ten Sovereigns

After making a winning debut over six furlongs at the Curragh last month, Ten Sovereigns made a quick return to the Co Kildare track on Saturday when running out a decisive winner of Group Three over the same trip.

O’Brien said “We are looking at the Middle Park, that’s the plan with him. He seems to have come out the Curragh really well.

“It has happened a bit quick for him but we are happy with his two runs at the Curragh.

“There was another race for him but it was only a week before the Middle Park and that was in England and we would have had to travel.

“This was at the Curragh and the ground was good. There was a lot of reasons for doing it and I know there were some for not like backing him up quick but we thought it was worth the risk and worth a chance to do it.

“In the spring when he was in full work his work was top class all the time with the top horses.

“He had a little bit of a mishap and he had to stop and start again but he always showed class in his work from an early stage.

“You think there is a good chance (getting the mile) but you can never say definitely. He is a good mover and clear winded and he has good mind.

“All the things say he has a good chance of doing it. When you are going from six to mile you are never sure if they are going to do it but that is the way with the Guineas.”

O’Brien has also left in Land Force, Sergei Prokofiev and Van Beethoven as he bids to win the race for a record sixth time.

Kevin Ryan has won the Middle Park twice before with Amadeus Wolf (2005) and Astaire (2013) and has another major contender in Emaraaty Ana, winner of the Gimcrack at York last month.

The Simon Crisford-trained Jash is set for a steep rise in class following dominant novice victories at Newmarket and Salisbury respectively.

The Kodiac colt is one of two potential runners for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum along with Khaadem, a dual winner for Charlie Hills.

John Gosden’s Legends Of War and Richard Spencer’s Rumble Inthejungle also feature among 13 colts confirmed.

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Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
£275,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
13 remaining entries
Going: Good

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
131 Emaraaty Ana 36 2 9-0 K A Ryan
11 Jash (IRE) 15 2 9-0 S Crisford
311 Khaadem (IRE) 17 2 9-0 C Hills
331145 Land Force (IRE) 13 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
16124 Legends Of War (USA) 15 2 9-0 J H M Gosden
612129 Marie's Diamond (IRE) 41 2 9-0 M Johnston
1419 Rumble Inthejungle (IRE) 15 2 9-0 Richard Spencer
21135 Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) 48 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
15333 Shine So Bright 7 2 9-0 A M Balding
1172 Space Traveller 12 2 9-0 R A Fahey
11 Ten Sovereigns (IRE) 28 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
241754 Van Beethoven (CAN) 14 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
181712 Well Done Fox 15 2 9-0 R Hannon