O'Brien backs Ten Sovereigns to rise to the challenge at Newmarket

Ten Sovereigns leaves is July Cup rivals trailing

Ten Sovereigns leaves is July Cup rivals trailing

The four-year-old son of Dubawi, who has twice captured G3 races in France, drops back to six furlongs after being beaten a neck by Limato, victor of the 2016 Darley July Cup, in the seven-furlong G3 Criterion Stakes at the same course on June 29. The stands-side group headed him at halfway but he picked up very well and the runner-up, Advertise, who beat him almost three lengths in the Commonwealth Cup, could never get a shot in, finishing 2¾ lengths behind. Last year's Middle Park Stakes victor, the mount of Ryan Moore, was switched back to sprinting after failing to last out the mile when fifth to stablemate Magna Grecia in the 2,000 Guineas.

He also filled the runner-up spot in the six-furlong Listed Leisure Stakes at Windsor in May, with his conqueror Dream Of Dreams subsequently going on to finish a head second to Godolphin's Blue Point in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ten Sovereigns had won the Group One Middle Park at Newmarket last season before finishing fifth to stablemate Magna Grecia in the 2,000 Guineas over a mile on his seasonal debut.

The vote goes to Exec Chef (3.50) who didn't have the best of runs when a staying on fourth at Sandown last time and I hope Pat Cosgrave can get his mount into a decent position from what is a good draw in stall two.

I remain convinced there is more to come from Prejudice stepping back up in trip having been given too much to do by Luke Morris last time at 10f.

"We were happy with him at Ascot but he looked like a horse that hadn't clicked in mentally yet".

"We know that Glorious Journey has bit to find with some of the leading contenders, but he won't look out of place and I think he will run another good race". "He's like all those good athletes, he goes a very high pace very easily, and when you ask him, he quickens". On his last piece he broke 11 seconds every furlong for four furlongs - that is very quick.

Coral spokesman, David Stevens, told Gambling.com: "There's no doubt at all that we expect to see a significant amount of multiples on Frankie's Saturday rides, given the strong looking book of mounts he has to look forward to". The race is one of only two domestic Group One races to have eluded him during his career. Sir Michael Stoute saddles a similarly unexposed sort in Loolwah, but marginal preference is for Fabulist. The filly, who beat Daahyeh a length and three-quarters, had previously won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and will now chase greater glory in the Prix Morny at Deauville next month.

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