O'Brien to aim rejuvenated St Nicholas at King George
Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00
St Nicholas Abbey looks set to bid for a third Group One win in next month's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old landed the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile but endured a nightmare Classic season, making just one start when disappointing in the 2,000 Guineas.
However, he went some way to righting the record with a gutsy victory over the top-class Midday in the Coronation Cup at Epsom last week. He is now pencilled in for the mile-and-a-half event in Berkshire on July 23, while stablemate Wonder Of Wonders will bid to avenge her three-quarter-length defeat in the Oaks in the Irish equivalent six days earlier.
"Our runners from the weekend all appear to have come out of their races in good form," tweeted O'Brien's wife, Anne-Marie. "St Nicholas Abbey will probably be trained now for the King George and Wonder Of Wonders for the Irish Oaks."
Meanwhile, a firm decision on the next target of Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliable Man is not likely to be made for the next fortnight. Grey colt Reliable Man was providing trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre with his sixth win in the French equivalent of the Derby as he flew home under Gerald Mosse. He is now unbeaten from three starts, having taken a big jump up from a conditions event on his previous outing.
Reliable Man was bred and is owned by Sven Hanson as part of the Pride Racing Club, named after his outstanding mare. One option for Reliable Man could be the Grand Prix de Paris on July 14.
Elsewhere, after last week's controversy which ended up before the courts and forced him to miss his Epsom Derby ride on Recital, Kieren Fallon was back among the winners yesterday at more humble surroundings at Folkestone. Trainer Simon Dow was quick to praise Fallon after a forceful ride aboard On Terms got his stable back on the winning trail. (© Daily Telegraph, London)