Sovereign Claims a Crown
Irish Sovereign (aka “Sean”) won the 2 mile 4 1/2 furlong handicap hurdle at Southwell on 30 November at 50/1, having been at 80/1 earlier in the day! He was given a great ride by Nick Scholfield who has always had faith in Sean. He deliberately kept him wide and out of trouble in the 16 runner field and timed his run brilliantly, coming through strongly over the last hurdle to take the lead on the run-in and winning by 1 1/2 lengths. This was a particularly pleasing result as, like many of Getaway’s progeny, Sean has taken a long time to mature. He has always impressed at home with his work and his jumping but has run very green in his races, giving every impression that he doesn’t understand what is expected of him. We have continued to work on this aspect at home and applied blinkers to help him concentrate. For the first time, it really looked as if the penny was dropping. He travelled well through the race and jumped superbly throughout and seemed to thoroughly enjoy passing rivals when Nick asked him for his effort and his confidence increased markedly as the race went on. For the first time, he looked, on the track, like the racehorse that we know at home.
It was another excellent day for the members of Yen Hall Farm Racing, who have already been enjoying plenty of success this season, including with Glimpse of Gold. Here are some great shots of Sean jumping the last on his way to victory and then one in the winner’s enclosure: images courtesy of Tony Knapton of Proshot Photography.