The service fee for No Nay Never (USA) has soared to €175,000 to match his global reputation for producing brilliant juvenile talent, with 79 individual two-year-old winners including 14 at stakes level. The best and fastest of those, Ten Sovereigns (IRE), takes up duties at Valachi Downs in 2020 at a service fee of $20,000 + GST.
Under the tutelage of legendary trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ten Sovereigns wasted no time in establishing himself as one of Europe’s leading two-year-olds of 2018.
The brilliant colt won all of his three starts that year within the space of just six weeks, beginning with a dazzling debut victory by seven lengths at the Curragh in late August.
Only a week later, Ten Sovereigns stepped straight up to stakes company and dominated again, cruising away from his outclassed opposition to win the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes by three and three-quarter lengths.
The spectacular performance made a big impression on his trainer, who said, “He travels very strong and has a lot of speed. I couldn’t be happier. You’d be delighted to see the last furlong – he got there and opened up.
“He’s definitely fast, but he’s relaxed and he’s very clean-winded, and he has a good, big, open stride.
“He’s a very good mover. He’s big and he’s scopey. He has plenty of speed, but that’s what we’re always looking for in horses and he has plenty of it.”
Just 36 days after his debut, Ten Sovereigns capped his perfect juvenile season with victory in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket at the end of September.
After trailing the leaders through the first 800 metres of the sprint feature, he quickened impressively in the closing stages and stretched out to win by half a length with his ears pricked.
Ten Sovereigns’ winning time for the Middle Park Stakes was 1:10.04 – the third fastest in the history of the race, which was first run in 1866.
Over the last two decades, the Middle Park honour roll has featured subsequent stud successes such as Oasis Dream (GB), Dark Angel (IRE) and Johannesburg (USA), who is the sire of the exceptional Scat Daddy (USA).