Ten Sovereigns Has Point To Prove At Royal Ascot

Ten Sovereigns put forward an underwhelming performance at the 2,000 Guineas at the start of the flat racing season. Aidan O’Brien’s charge failed to rise to the occasion, watching his stable-mate Magna Grecia take the crown at Newmarket.

He will have another chance at glory as his trainer has put him forward for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. However, Ten Sovereigns faces a talented field at the meet and will have to improve his performance levels on the track at the most prestigious event of the flat season. The Irish-bred horse is backed at 6/4 in the latest horse racing odds, with the bookies suggesting that he is strongest competitor in the meet. O’Brien’s charge will need a return to the form of last season where he won the opening three races of his career.

Ten Sovereigns made his bow in a large field at the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Curragh in August 2018. He was one of the leading contenders for the race at 5/1, although the favourite for the event was Rita Levi out of Ger Lyons’ yard. However, with Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle, he put forward a dominant display over six furlongs to secure the victory by beating his nearest rival –Carbon Fibre - by seven lengths.

He returned to action at the beginning of September at Curragh in the John Sisk & Son Round Tower Stakes. Ten Sovereigns previous performance had caught the attention of the bookies, who installed him as the odds-on favourite for the race. Donnacha O’Brien once again took to the reins and guided his charge to another flawless effort. The Irish-bred horse was steady on the track before he found his rhythm down the final furlong, pulling away from Bruce Wayne to triumph by three-and-three-quarter lengths.

Ten Sovereigns faced his biggest challenge yet in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at the end of the last campaign at Newmarket. There was confidence in his ability to pull off the victory, beginning the race as the odds-on favourite again. However, on this occasion he was pressed down the stretch, forcing Donnacha O’Brien to up the ante. The Irish-bred horse just had the pace when to close out the victory by three-quarters of a length ahead of his compatriot Jash.

The stage was set for Ten Sovereigns to make his mark at the 2,000 Guineas. He was the leading contender in the absence of John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot. Ryan Moore replaced Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle, but the new jockey could not get a performance out his charge. He failed to match the pace of his stable-mate, as O'Brien ironically guided Magna Grecia to the triumph as Ten Sovereigns finished off the pace in fifth.

Aidan O’Brien has not raced his charge since in preparation for the event. The three-year-old will face competition once again against Jash, whose team will be desperate for revenge. Ten Sovereigns has a massive point to prove at the Commonwealth Cup and only a victory will satisfy the doubts created by his underwhelming outing at the 2,000 Guineas.