By Nicholas Godfrey
Ireland: Last year’s Irish Derby winner Sovereign has supplemented to the second running of the Bahrain International Trophy at a cost of £10,000.
The £500,000 event over 1m2f takes place at Sakhir racecourse on Friday November 20.
Although the Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old hasn’t won since a six-length victory in last year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, the son of Galileo was second to the great Enable in the King George at Ascot in July before seemingly failing to stay in top races over longer distances.
“Sovereign is a strong mile-and-a-quarter horse,” commented O’Brien, who will be having his first runner in Bahrain.
“He is a very strong galloper who likes to go forward in his races and we think the Bahrain International Trophy will suit him,” added the trainer.
“He is a big, genuine, sound horse, an Irish Derby winner. We saw what he did in the Irish Derby and he ran a massive race in the King George where he was second to Enable, so we think the race will suit him and we are looking forward to seeing him run.
Last year’s inaugural edition of the Bahrain International Trophy was won by French-trained Royal Julius from Turgenev, representing John Gosden.
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