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Published 27/06/2015

Sovereign Debt ridden by Chris Hayes wins the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes
Sovereign Debt ridden by Chris Hayes wins the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes

Dandy Nicholls-trained British raider Sovereign Debt was a dominant winner of the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes at the Curragh.

The six-year-old was a 9-2 shot having run with credit in Ireland on his last couple of starts, finishing fifth in the Gladness at this track and third in the Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown.

Sovereign Debt was positioned close to the speed from the off by Chris Hayes and after being sent on from the home turn, quickly put the race to bed.

The grey was kept up to his work in the final furlong and came home four and three-quarter lengths clear of Flight Risk, with the front-running Fastnet Mist third.

War Envoy was the odds-on favourite after winning the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot nine days ago, but although he made late headway, he failed to land a telling blow.

Nicholls said: "He's had a lot of traffic problems in the past and I just told Chris to make up his own mind on how to ride him. He gave him a great ride and maybe that's the best way to ride him.

"I brought him over myself and he travelled over really well, ate up everything and he was so relaxed.

"He'll come back here again and deserves to go for all those races now.

"He'll go to Dubai at the end of the year."

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