Sovereign Nation Rules

Sovereign Nation ruled his own own race fresh up at Flemington.

Now a gelding and under new ownership, he returned a convincing 4-1/4 length win in the VRC Member Graeme McMenamin Hcp (1400m).

Previously owned by Gerry Harvey, Sovereign Nation newly races in Darren Thomas' Seymour Bloodstock colours thanks to the transaction of Mark Pilkington.

His new connections, including Mark Pilkington, Mark Dawson, Robert Minney and Rob Chapman purchased the Encosta de Lago 5yo horse following a third placing at Flemington in July.

Tom Dabernig said the secret with Sovereign Nation was keeping him fresh.

The stable has a 1400m handicap at Caulfield on September 2 in mind for Sovereign Nation and the Group One Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) on October 1 is also a possibility.

"He loves being fresh and I think the 1400 metres, maybe up to a mile, is his best distance," Dabernig said.

"We have been thinking that he could be a Group One style of handicap horse down in the weights."

Regan Bayliss who rode Sovereign Nation to victory said "the horse had been a "thinker" before his gelding operation. Now that he's come back as a gelding he's got that will to win."

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