GO for gold with TEN SOVEREIGNS in the Commonwealth Cup.
Aidan O’Brien’s speedster was the star sprinting juvenile of last season and he was always likely to find the step up a mile stretching his stamina when tried in the 2000 Guineas.
He eventually finished fifth having shown plenty of class before fading into fifth up the final climb behind stablemate Magna Grecia.
Sprinting is clearly his game and he should show why today.
It might pay to Advertise. One of the star juveniles of last season when runner-up in the Coventry at this meeting before winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. Ended the year by chasing home Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst over 7f and tried in the 2000 Guineas first time up this term. Trailed home well beaten in the Newmarket Classic but he is bred to be a sprinter. Tried in blinkers today.
Hello Youmzain 3/5
Hello boys. Landed a French Group 2 on soft last autumn and didn’t see out the trip when upped to 7f for the Greenham on his return to action. Ended Calyx’s unbeaten run when successful in the Sandy Lane dropped to f last month. That form might not be the most reliable but he’s clearly a smart sprinter. Likely to be in the shake-up for the places.
Don’t bash Jash. Looked a top prospect when winning his first two races last season by wide margins. Pushed Ten Sovereigns hard when runner-up in the Middle Park with the pair well clear of Rumble Inthejungle and returned with a Listed win over 7f. Unproven on easy ground but otherwise has plenty going for him.
Khaa share. Headstrong sprinter who ended last season in good style with wins at Newmarket and Doncaster. Missed the Middle Park Stakes with a minor issue on the eve of the race so obviously well regarded by Charlie Hills. Kicked off this term with a nice performance to win a Newbury Listed contest. Needs to take another fair step forward but that’s not impossible.
Blank Chek. Sole win came on his debut last May. Finished in midfield when second favourite for the Norfolk Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago before stepping up to 6f. Not disgraced when third in the trial for this race over track and trip last month but subsequently beaten a country mile behind Khaadem. You need a good imagination to make a case for this one.
Rumble Inthejungle 2/5
Not king of the Jungle. Finished fourth in the Norfolk on just his second start last season. Looked very quick when winning the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood and his Flying Childers flop was too bad to be true. Ran a decent race on his first try at 6f when third behind Ten Sovereigns and Jash in the Middle Park. That leaves him with ground to find and he’s not had a run this season.
Ten Sovereigns 5/5 - Top Pinstickers tip (Latest odds here)
Perfect Ten. Just about the best of the 6f juveniles last season when he completed a hat-trick of wins with victory in the Middle Park Stakes. It never looked like runner-up Jash would get past him in that Newmarket Group 1 and he was prepared for a crack at the 2000 Guineas for his first run of this season. The mile trip was always likely to stretch him but he still ran a cracker when fading into fifth up the final climb in the opening Classic. Sure to appreciate the return to sprinting and he sets a clear standard.
Forever In Dreams 2/5
Dream on. Trained in France when only beaten a length-and-a-half in seventh in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last year. Not disgraced but ultimately well held in a Cork Listed contest on her debut for Aidan Fogarty before toughing it out to strike in the same grade at Haydock. This is a world away from that class but at least she’ll have no problem with the ground.
Royal Intervention 1/5
Not this Royal. Beaten on her debut last May but it didn’t stop her bolting up in a Newmarket Listed race on her second start. Had her season cut short after finishing second in the Princess Margaret over today’s course and distance and she was entitled to need her comeback run at Chelmsford. Brushed aside by Hello Youmzain in the Sandy Lane last time and that leaves her with stacks to find.