The 2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes is racing this Saturday at the Royal Randwick Racecourse and the final field is full of top quality starters.
One of the top Group races on the Challenge Stakes Day, the 2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes has prize money of $150,000 on offer to the nine starters, and features the country’s elite three-year-old colts and geldings.
Coming into the race as just one of the strong favourites is Manhattan Rain. The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt was runner up at the elite Group 1 C S Cox Plate (2040m) last year, and drawing the middle fifth barrier will surely not affect his impressive form for the 2010 Sovereign Stakes.
Coming into the race as just one of the strong favourites is Manhattan Rain.
The Peter Snowden colt Demerit could be a favourite having won the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and finishing in the top half at the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). Drawing the favourite inside barrier will only work to the colt’s advantage.
Saint Encosta, the John Thompson-trained colt, drew the outside barrier. While finishing as runner up in the UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington, Saint Encosta could have done without the disadvantage associated with the outside barrier for the 2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes.
Starting from the third barrier is Shoot Out. The John Wallace trained gelding could certainly do well in Saturday’s race having come second in the VO Rogue Plate (1350m) last year and in a 1,000 metre open trial in the beginning of February.
Running from the middle fourth barrier is Tim Martin-trained The Mikado. Another contender for the 2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes, the colt recently won the Daceyville Handicap (1100m) at the Randwick track in January, and has some good wins in his sails.
Also running on Saturday will be the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m), the Group 3 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Frederick Clissold Stakes (1200m).
2010 Royal Sovereign Stakes Final Field
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