Irish Derby Winner Sovereign Out For The Season


The Irish Derby winner Sovereign trained by Aidan O'Brien has will not be seen again this season with the trainer making the decision to give him an extended break with no signs of any injury issues.

The Ballydoyle handler ha decided to rest his Irish Classic winner until the 2020 season with the plan of getting him going on track again for the first time early next season.

The three year old has raced four times this season starting his season off in Ireland in the Group Three Ballysax stakes where he finished a good second behind Broome who was fancied by many for the Derby.

Sovereign, who was also heading to Epsom, had his final prep run behind Broome again at Leopardstown in a Derby trial where he finished third, last of the Ballydoyle team that saw a 1-2-3 that day.

He headed to England for one of the feature races of the flat season and was the big outsider on the day and ran to that standard finishing a way back 10th out of 13 runners and looked like a horse that could not handle Group One contests.

However, as O'Brien always does with his horses, he got even more out the colt and sent him out at the Curragh for the Irish Derby to cause a huge shock at 33/1 to win the Classic race under a superb front running ride by Padraig Beggy.

Beggy also landed the Epsom Derby for O'Brien back in 2017 on board another one of his outside winners Wings Of Eagle at 40/1 and added another big success to his CV with sovereign back in June.

O'Brien told the Racing Post: "Sovereign won't run again this year, he'll be put away until next year.

"We'll start him off early next year and go from there. He hasn't had a setback, we just want to give him time."

Sovereign overall has won two of his nine starts and over £800,000 in prize-money.