Impressive three-year-old Ten Sovereigns (No Nay Never) showed his class when running out an outstanding winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Sporting Post reports that In capturing the July Cup – a race won previously by such star sprinters as Abernant, Pappa Fourway, Thatch, Marwell, Sharpo, Never So Bold, Stravinsky, Mozart, Oasis Dream and Muhaarar – Ten Sovereigns catapulted to near the top of the sprinters list in the Northern Hemisphere.
From the first crop of his Gr1 Prix Morny winning sire No Nay Never, who had a group race double at Newmarket on Saturday with another son Mystery Power capturing Saturday’s G2 bet365 Superlative Stakes, the dual Gr1 winning Ten Sovereigns (he also captured last year’s Gr1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes) has familial ties to a stallion currently standing at stud in South Africa.
Ten Sovereigns’s third dam is the Capote mare Darling Flame, whose progeny include the KZN based stallion Bezrin (Danzig).
The latter, a French stakes winner who ran third in the (now G3) Prix du Pin, has established himself as a somewhat underrated stallion, with Bezrin coming up with a number of talented performers in a stud career which has seen the horse stand at several different farms in two provinces.
Best known perhaps as the sire of Gr2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile winner Bezanova, Bezrin is also responsible for the stakes winners Jimmi Choo (Storm Bird Stakes), Too Phat To Fly (Sweet Chestnut Stakes), Tetelestai (Umngeni Hcp twice), Celtic Fire (Memorial Mile twice), All Ablaze (Ibhyai Stakes) and Thunderflash (Gr3 Champion Juvenile Cup). Bezrin currently stands at Hadlow Stud for St John Gray.
Interestingly enough, Ten Sovereigns’ dam Seeking Solace was sired by grandson of Danzig –the sire of Bezrin himself, making Seeking Solace a very close relative indeed of that stallion.
Bezrin and Ten Sovereigns both trace back directly in female line to Gr1 Fantasy Stakes winner My Darling One (Exclusive Native), whose progeny include Gr1 Yasuda Grand Prix winner Heart Lake (Nureyev).
My Darling One is a granddaughter of Coaching Club Oaks winner Marshua (Nashua). The latter herself is descended in female line from high-class filly Taps (Man O’War) victorious in both the Matron and Schuylerville Stakes.
Other notable performers to have emerged from this female line include Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind and Gr2 Rockfel Stakes heroine Al Thakhira (both sired by Dubawi), French Gr1 winner Smuggly (Caro), and 2017 Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf runner up Untamed Domain (Animal Kingdom).
South African based broodmare Boreal Applause, standing at stud for Lee and Dino Scribante’s Piemonte, is another locally based horse descended in female line from Marshua – with Boreal Applause (Royal Applause) produced by a daughter of Gr3 May Hill Stakes winner Mamlakah (Unfuwain).
Boreal Applause’s progeny include Listed Derby Trial runner up Lee’s Pick (Philanthropist), while Boreal Applause’s stakes placed half-sister Cutty Sark (Fort Wood) is the dam of smart filly, and Gr2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship runner up, Sail (Philanthropist) as well as impressive recent winner Sailing Ship (Duke Of Marmalade).