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O'Brien optimistic 'relaxed' Ten Sovereigns will get Guineas trip after workout

Magna Grecia to join Ten Sovereigns in 2,000 Guineas line-up
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Aidan O’Brien is optimistic that Ten Sovereigns, an intended runner in the 2,000 Guineas on May 4, will stay the mile trip at Newmarket. 

One of 75 horses O’Brien brought to Naas on Tuesday to gallop, the Middle Park Stakes winner was victorious in all three starts as a juvenile but has yet to race over further than six furlongs.

The trainer was, however, encouraged by the way the son of No Nay Never worked under Ryan Moore with a view to stepping up in trip, and said: “Ten Sovereigns did what he was asked to do nicely. 

"Ryan never rode him last season and was very happy with him and said he was very relaxed.

"Because of the way he works and races, we think he could get the mile at Newmarket – it’s very likely he'll go straight there."

Ten Sovereigns was joined in the workout by stablemate and fellow Guineas-bound Magna Grecia, who proved his stamina over a mile when signing off the campaign with victory in the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

He said: “Magna Grecia is a laid-back colt who eats and sleeps. He might have a run in the Leopardstown Guineas trial or possibly the Greenham – if we decide he needs a race before Newmarket.

“We might decide to run a few others in the Guineas, but at this stage Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia are the two we’re aiming at the race. Anthony Van Dyck is a possible, but we might run him in a Derby trial instead.”

Among the fillies to breeze were Cheveley Park Stakes winner Fairyland, who like Ten Sovereigns has never raced beyond six furlongs, and Just Wonderful, who disputes ante-post favouritism for the 1,000 Guineas.

O'Brien said: "Donnacha [O'Brien] rode Fairyland and said she felt very pacey. We can't be sure about a mile for her but she'll probably take her chance in the Guineas and we'll take it from there.

"Ryan rode Pink Dogwood in the gallop – she's a nice filly and she'll probably start off in an Oaks trial.

"Secret Thoughts led the other fillies home and might go to Leopardstown for its 1,000 Guineas trial."

2018 St Leger winner Kew Gardens, who is being aimed at the Coronation Cup, was partnered in the final group by Moore and Seamie Heffernan rode the Ascot Gold Cup-bound Capri.

"We'll probably start off some of our good staying horses in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan," O'Brien said.

The master of Ballydoyle is also assembling a powerful squad for Dubai World Cup night at Meydan this weekend where Moore will have four rides – I Can Fly, Magic Wand, Lost Treasure and Van Beethoven.

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Because of the way he works and races, we think he could get the mile at Newmarket ? it?s very likely he'll go straight there
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