Star duo drop out of Sprint Cup
Advertise and Ten Sovereigns have both been withdrawn from Saturday's Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.
A close battle had been expected between the two, but Ten Sovereigns was always a doubt once the ground turned soft earlier this week.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed his decision to withdraw his stable star on Thursday, but that came after Advertise was pulled out due to a dirty scope.
He had been the 11/4 favourite, but Stewards' Cup winner Khaadem is now leading the betting.
Confirming the Advertise blow, Phoenix Thoroughbreds' communications manager Jamie Watson told the Racing Post: "Advertise scoped slightly badly this morning and had a little bit of run from the nose. He's perfectly fine other than that.
"If we had five days we'd be ready but obviously the day before there won't be enough time. He's got nothing to prove after winning two Group 1s this season. We'll see how he is, then probably look at the Champion Sprint or the Prix de la Foret as a season finale.
"He's been a flagbearer for us and will have a special place in our history. He's only been outside the top two once when down the field in the Guineas. He's been fantastic, and hopefully, he'll be a great stallion but, before that, let's see if he can win another one."
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