Aidan O'Brien landed his fifth Darley July Cup with Ten Sovereigns this Saturday, who exploded back to life in style to clear right away from a competitive field under Ryan Moore.
Ten Sovereigns hadn't been able to reach the level of form he showed in winning last year's Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes in two runs this year but the morning gamble (10-1 into 4-1) suggested he had been showing more encouraging signs in his homework, and he was able to transfer that to the track with a scintillating display of sprinting that propelled him to a sensational two-and-three-quarter-length success.
O'Brien and Moore combined to win this race with U S Navy Flag 12 months ago and they appear to have a sprinter on their hands who could dominate the division for some time.
O'Brien explained: “It took him a little bit of time to come out of Newmarket and he was only just ready to go to Ascot, where he ran a really good race, finishing well.
“We knew he was very good but we tried to stretch him out for a Guineas. He had a tough time in the Guineas, he's a sprinter that was asked to run a mile, so it's taken time to recover.
“We were happy with him at Ascot but he looked like a horse that hadn't clicked in mentally yet. However, his last few pieces of work told us that he was there.
“The guys at home were all much happier with his homework coming here.
“The times of his last few pieces of work have been unbelievable. In his last piece of work he broke 11 second every furlong for four furlongs, and for a horse to do that is something special.
“He is a very good horse, he is uncomplicated and he gets six furlongs very well.
“He's nice and relaxed now, he goes a very high pace very easily and then he quickens when you ask him.
“I don't think dropping back to five furlongs would be any problem but it's all about him now, he's only a three-year-old so we'll see how he comes out of it.
“When he can do those times at home then he has to be something special. I think he was something like 2.5 seconds quicker over four furlongs than anything we have ever seen and that told us something different was going on.
“It was vital for this horse, he's by No Nay Never, and it was really important for him.
“He has shown us now what he showed us all last year.”
Winning jockey Ryan Moore said: “He looked like a top class sprinter today and hopefully he can keep that going now.”
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