Sunday 22 October 2017

Abbey to swerve ascot

THREE-TIME Coronation Cup hero St Nicholas Abbey will bypass Royal Ascot and instead be targeted at the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same track in July.

Abbey to swerve ascot

THREE-TIME Coronation Cup hero St Nicholas Abbey will bypass Royal Ascot and instead be targeted at the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same track in July.

The hugely talented six-year-old clinched the sixth Group One prize of his career with another superb performance on Epsom Derby day last weekend, after which connections mentioned Royal Ascot's Hardwicke Stakes as a possible next port of call.

However, the son of Montjeu will instead aim to secure further top-level honours in the King George, having finished a close third in the mile and a half contest last season.

O'Brien said: "St Nicholas Abbey has come out of the race at Epsom really well and we're looking forward to his next run."

Magician, a hugely impressive Irish 2,000 Guineas, is a likely runner in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Irish Independent

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