David Elsworth targets Sovereign rule with Master The World

Wed 16 Aug 2017

Master The World will bid to gain the first Pattern race success of his career by going one better than 12 months ago in the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.

After having found only Zonderland too strong in the mile prize last year, the six-year-old will now look to take top honours in the Group Three and claim his second success of the campaign.

The David Elsworth-trained son of Mastercraftsman ended a losing streak stretching back to June 2015 with victory in the Betfred Mile at Goodwood.

Elsworth said: "Master The World was second in the race last year. The winner last year was getting weight for age and if you take him out we would have won well.

"It looks pretty competitive but he is in tremendous form and he always runs a good race if he gets that bit of luck.

"Those races in Dubai didn't really suit him. He ran well but they went slow then quickened up and he likes a bit of pace on.

"We were fortunate to be able to get a re-run in the mile race he won at Goodwood as usually when you get that close to winning a race like that you think your chance has gone.

"I expect him to run well in his current form and there is nothing like going into a race in winning form."

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ballet Concerto do not see the drop back down from a mile and a quarter being a problem.

The four-year-old son of Dansili gained the biggest success of his career when he claimed the John Smith's Cup at York on his most recent outing.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: "He's in very good shape and we go there quite hopeful. "He should love the ground and I don't see the return to a mile being a problem as he won at Doncaster in the spring over that trip.

"I spoke to Ryan (Moore) the other day and he said he was in good form so this looks a good opportunity for him."

Saeed Bin Suroor feels that the race will act as a good starting point for the long-absent Carry On Deryck, who will be making his first start since finishing second at Newmarket last October.

Bin Suroor said: "Carry On Deryck is doing good and this is an ideal race for him.

"Physically he looks good and we are keen to give him a chance in this race.

"He had a setback but we have looked after him and given him an easy time. I am happy with him.

"He has been working well in the mornings and is in good condition. The trip is fine for him.

"This horse could be one for much better races later on but we will learn more about him tomorrow."

The field is completed by Ballard Down (William Knight), Firmament (David O'Meara), Hathal (William Haggas), Tabarrak (Richard Hannon) and Isomer (Andrew Balding).

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