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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Impressive maiden winner Ten Sovereigns gunning for Group 3 glory

Ten Sovereigns was a seven-length winner of a maiden at the Curragh on Sunday
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A week after trouncing his rivals by seven lengths on his debut at the Curragh, Ten Sovereigns gets the chance to confirm that promise when he returns to Irish racing's headquarters for the Group 3 John Sisk & Son Round Tower Stakes (3.25).

The son of No Nay Never will be racing over the same six-furlong trip and his trainer Aidan O'Brien said on Friday: "Ten Sovereigns was very good last week and to come up the middle of the track and win going away was impressive.

"We're looking at the Middle Park Stakes for him and as there aren't many opportunities for him between now and then we decided to go for tomorrow's race.

"We're running him back quite quickly but he seems to have come out of last week's race very well." 

Ten Sovereigns faces seven rivals, including the Patrick Prendergast-trained Could Be King, who drops down a furlong in trip having finished fourth in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes over the course last weekend, and the Jessica Harrington-trained Servalan, a Listed winner over the distance at Naas in May and who will be making her first appearance since finishing a close-up sixth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Prendergast said: "We were very pleased with Could Be King's run in the Futurity and he came out of the race very well. The Curragh is only two minutes up the road from our yard and we decided to let him take his chance.

"We think he'll get a mile next season but he has plenty of pace and the drop in distance isn't a worry."

McCreery positive about Mary Tudor

Mary Tudor, who delivered easily her best performance when third in the Irish Oaks in July, returns to the Curragh for the Group 3 Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (2.50).

Trained by Willie McCreery for Godolphin, the daughter of Dawn Approach is dropping three furlongs in trip.

McCreery said on Friday: "Mary Tudor is very well and if they get the drop of rain that is expected conditions should be perfect.

"There should be plenty of pace in the race so the shorter distance shouldn't be a concern. She's won a Listed race over a mile and a quarter."

Those taking on McCreery's filly, who was beaten under two lengths by Sea Of Class in the Irish Oaks, include the British-trained pair Desert Diamond, who represents Sir Michael Stoute, and the Archie Watson-trained Snowy Winter, while the Jim Bolger-trained three-time Group-race winner Turret Rocks also lines up.

A six-length winner of a Listed event over a slightly longer trip at York in July, Desert Diamond had Snowy Winter – a Listed winner at Gowran Park last month – six lengths back in second place on the Knavesmire, in receipt of 9lb. The difference between the pair here is 6lb.

Bandiuc turns out again quickly 

The Jim Bolger-trained maiden Bandiuc Eile, who stepped up on previous efforts when runner-up to Skitter Scatter in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes six days ago, reverts to a mile in the Group 3 Flame of Tara Irish EBF Stakes (1.40).

Her rivals include the Mick Channon-trained Chynna, who ran third in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on her most recent start, and a trio from Ballydoyle, including Anglesey Stakes third Just Wonderful.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "Just Wonderful ran well last time and seems in good form. She's stepping up in trip and we're hoping the mile will suit her."

O'Brien added: "We think Fleeting is progressing and that the trip will suit. It should also suit Peach Tree."

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We're looking at the Middle Park Stakes for him and as there aren't many opportunities for him between now and then we decided to on tomorrow's race
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