Trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns is set to run in the Qipico British Champions Sprint at Ascot, meaning he could come up against Advertise.
For now, O’Brien’s charge will drop back to five furlongs as connections plan a run in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York at the Ebor Festival (Ten Sovereigns 3/1 to win).
While O’Brien is also planning to send stablemate Fairyland (12/1 to win Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes) to the race, he is focused on the route to Ascot as he tries to overcome Advertise during the race in October.
Advertise won the Commonwealth Cup earlier this year and fans are already licking their lips at the prospect of the pair meeting again.
O’Brien is refusing to look too far ahead and he is not worried about the change in trip for his stable star.
Ten Sovereigns was last in action on July 13 when winning the July Cup at HQ. The three-year-old finished fourth at Ascot and fifth at Newmarket before that, but O’Brien is expecting an improved run.
“Ten Sovereigns is a possible for the Qipco British Champions Sprint. He’s pencilled in to go to York for the Nunthorpe at the moment and we’ll see after that,” said O’Brien.
“We wouldn’t worry about five or six furlongs, but we wouldn’t want to run him on bad ground. We were delighted with him in the July Cup at Newmarket.
“Fairyland is in good form. We’re looking at York for her as well at the moment.”