King Power move Sunday Sovereign and Johnny Drama to Britain after Ascot defeats

King Power Racing’s recent Irish recruits Sunday Sovereign and Johnny Drama will continue their careers in Britain following their defeats at Royal Ascot last week.

The Paddy Twomey-trained Sunday Sovereign this month became the first horse to carry the King Power Racing silks in Ireland when running out an impressive winner of a conditions race at Tipperary.

He was subsequently sent off the 13-8 favourite for the Norfolk Stakes but faded to finish a disappointing eighth of 14.

Johnny Drama, who represented Ger Lyons at Royal Ascot, finished unplaced in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

King Power’s racing manager Alastair Donald said it was always the plan for the two horses to race on in Britain, where the owners are based, unless they won at the royal meeting.

A decision has yet to be made on who will train Sunday Sovereign, but Twomey has wished the future connections well.

The trainer said: "It's King Power's policy to have their horses trained in England and we were aware of that when we sold the horse.

"In the event he won at Royal Ascot, he would have stayed with us, but it was always the plan for Sunday Sovereign to continue his career in England. Hopefully he'll do very well over there.”

Donald revealed Johnny Drama will join Andrew Balding, the trainer responsible for the owner's only Royal Ascot winner Cleonte, who landed the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday.

He said: "Johnny Drama stayed in England to go to Andrew Balding and Sunday Sovereign is in the process of moving.

"The trainers were aware the horses would probably be staying in England unless they won."