Ten Sovereigns could sidestep the Sprint Cup at Haydock of Saturday .
Aidan O’Brien’s colt belatedly delivered on his promise that was juvenile with a prominent display at the July Cup, after being a favorite in both the 2000 Guineas and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
Even the No Nay Never colt could finish only sixth a month when a hot favourite to followup in the Nunthorpe at York, but seemed set to return to six furlongs in the Group One feature on Merseyside of this weekend.
But, speaking at a media event in his yard on Wednesday afternoon, O’Brien explained:”I would say we wouldn’t run on soft earth. There is that is not good and rain forecast.
“He’s a real speedy ground daisy cutter. Fairyland might run rather if he does not run. That’s what we are thinking right now.”
Reflecting on his below-par performance supporting the brilliant Battaash in the Nunthorpe, the trainer added:”He was in the stalls a very long time, it had been very warm and Ryan (Moore) stated he felt lethargic as soon as the stalls started. You suffer, once you are operating against Battaash if you’re lethargic.
“It just happened so quick. He did blow following the race. Five furlongs, as you probably know, is an artwork. You can have all the pace and ability in the world but it’s an art of hitting those slopes and you’ve got to have quick feet”
O’Brien went on to show Sovereigns could bring down the curtain on his career in Australia later in the year.
“The Everest is at Sydney and I think two thirds of this time the earth has been soft there. If it’s soft he will not run there, but he could return to Melbourne, in which he might get much better ground,” stated the Ballydoyle handler.
“There are a couple of sprints down in Melbourne. I wouldn’t believe he will stay in training .”
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