Salisbury – Thursday 16th August
4:10 – 1m Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 1) (3yo+)
The Sovereign Stakes was established in 2000 and replaced the Whitchurch Conditions Stakes and was initially classified as a Listed race. It was upgraded to Group 3 status and as such is one of only two Group 3 races run at Salisbury.
The race is dominated by horses aged between three and five with 16 of the 18 renewals won by horses in this age range.
The betting is a reasonable guide with 10 of the last 12 winners in the top three in the betting and five of the 10 winners going off as favourite.
A recent run is desirable as 10 of the last 12 winners ran within 47 days of the race. Course form can be pretty much disregarded as only three of the last 12 winners had run at the course previously. Winning form over the race distance of 1 mile is important as 11 of the last 12 winners won previously over the trip at least once previously. Eleven of the last 12 winners had also won previously earlier in the season. All of the last 12 winners had also won at least twice previously, although not necessarily at 1 mile.
An Official Rating of 106 or higher has been required to win the race in 11 of the last 12 renewals, but only one of the last 12 winners had previously won at Group level.
Nothing in the race leaps out from a form perspective so a chance is taken with Oh This Is Us. The five year old Bay horse is a very tough character having run 33 times in his career to date. He has run five times so far this season and won a Listed race at Chester two starts back. In his favour is that he has won over 1 mile and is proven in Good to Firm going.