On ratings Ten Sovereigns has 5kg to find with Battaash but with his three-year-old weight allowance he can give Aidan O’Brien his first victory in the Nunthorpe since 2001.
Ten Sovereigns can stake his claim to being this year’s champion sprinter with success on Friday in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
After landing the Middle Park Stakes as a juvenile, Aidan O’Brien’s charge looked to be a shadow of his former self in the spring when failing to land a blow in both the 2000 Guineas and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
But this No Nay Never colt bounced back to his best in the July Cup on his latest start, and reversed the form with his Ascot conqueror Advertise in impressive style.
The form of that race has been boosted – with Advertise going on to win the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and Glorious Journey, who was well beaten in the July Cup, landing the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes last Saturday.
On official ratings Ten Sovereigns has 5kg to find with Battaash. But with his three-year-old weight allowance and his rival failing to fire in the last two editions of the race, he can give O’Brien his first victory in the Nunthorpe since 2001.
The Ballydoyle handler also last landed the Gimcrack Stakes in the same year, but Pistoletto may end that drought.
This War Front colt was a disappointing favourite last time when he lost his unbeaten record as a near three-length sixth, in vain pursuit of his hat-trick in the Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.
But he was twice decisively superior at 1000m before that Group 3 test, and it is easy to back O’Brien’s judgment in selecting him for this assignment over a speedy 1200m race.
Corelli can get back to winning ways in the opening Sky Bet Handicap, after some promising efforts in defeat.
After finishing second on his seasonal reappearance in May, John Gosden’s gelding failed to stay in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot – but he then bounced back to form with a narrow defeat behind Ebor fancy Kelly’s Dino on his latest start at Newmarket. He kept on well that day and could excel over the Knavesmire’s easy 2400m course.
Man Of The Night was an impressive winner on debut, and can make his presence felt in Listed company in the Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. This Night Of Thunder colt ran on well over 1200m at Newbury, but looked to be crying out for a step up in trip and represents a yard which has a strong record in the race – including victory last year.- Press Association