Sovereign Debt proves priceless

Sovereign Debt continued his love affair with Ireland by landing Knockaire Stakes for the second year running at the Curragh.

Sovereign Debt retained his crown at the Curragh

The Dandy Nicholls-trained eight-year-old took the Listed race 12 months ago and made it four wins on Irish soil in total when justifying 15/8 favouritism with authority.

The returning Blue De Vega took it up from the pace-setting Truffles over a furlong from home but could not fend off the strong-travelling British raider, who picked up well for Declan McDonogh to cross the line two lengths clear of Colin Keane's runner.

"He seems to like it here. The ground was lovely for him as he just likes to get his toe in," said McDonogh.

"He retains plenty of enthusiasm, even though he's rising eight next year. He felt good and I was always happy.

"I was able to use Michael O'Callaghan's horse as a lead horse and I just went by him easy. He idled a little bit, I pulled my stick into my left hand and it was never in doubt.

"He's a gorgeous horse to ride, he's a push-button job. He lobs there on a long rein and doesn't overdo it. When you ask him to pick up he does plenty."

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