Advertise ready and raring for another scrap with Ten Sovereigns says Meade
There will be no holding back at Haydock if Advertise and Ten Sovereigns face off again in next month's Sprint Cup, with Advertise's trainer Martyn Meade reporting his stable star to be in rip-roaring form following his most recent Group 1 success.
A three-time winner at the highest level, Advertise defeated Ten Sovereigns in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June, but the tables were emphatically turned at Newmarket last month when Ten Sovereigns blasted home in the July Cup.
Since then, Advertise has regained the Group 1-winning thread with success in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, while Ten Sovereigns found the drop to five furlongs too hot to handle last week at York when sixth behind Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stakes.
Advertise is on course for Haydock on Saturday week, when he could lock horns again with Ten Sovereigns, and Meade is up for the fight.
Speaking on Tuesday, the trainer said: "He was in really good form in France and, if anything, he's flourished since then. He's in very good form and seems to have got better with racing.
"Apart from a pretty disastrous start to the season in the Guineas he has progressed with every race and I'm very happy with him."
Bookmakers are in Meade's corner for the Sprint Cup, with Advertise the general 5-2 favourite, while Ten Sovereigns can be backed at a standout 4-1 with William Hill.
Strictly on the July Cup form, Advertise has nearly three lengths to find with Ten Sovereigns, but Meade feels the Newmarket race did not pan out as hoped and is keen to avoid a similar situation next month.
"We can't get away from the fact he beat us at Newmarket, but if the race was run again it would be a different situation," Meade said. "We didn't break well enough, we took a bit of a pull, which wasn't a great idea, and then had a lot of ground to make up.
"They ran Ten Sovereigns in a different way, which we didn't expect to happen, it was a well-thought-out plan. But if you go back to Ascot we beat him fair and square. We wouldn't let him give us the slip like that again.
"It depends how the race unfolds but we'll be aware of the Newmarket result and will try not to have a reproduction of that."
Looking beyond Haydock, the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot – for which Advertise also heads the market – or the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp's Arc meeting could come under consideration.
Meade is taking each race as it comes for the three-year-old. "There are a couple of options. Every race will be on a case-by-case basis and the moment he tells us he's had enough for the season, that will be it," he said.
Meade's sprint ranks have been boosted by the mid-season addition of Australian import Houtzen, who was eighth in the King's Stand for Toby Edmonds before a fine second to Battaash in the King George at Goodwood on her first start for Meade.
The filly could renew rivalry with Battaash at the Curragh in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes, with the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye another option, but Meade is already looking forward to next year with her.
He said: "Her main campaign will be next season. We don't want to go mad with her now, she's settled in well and we can start afresh next season. Anything else we can do this year will be a bonus."
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