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Joseph O'Brien after State Of Rest won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. Photo: Edward Whitaker

Joseph O'Brien after State Of Rest won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. Photo: Edward Whitaker

Joseph O'Brien after State Of Rest won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. Photo: Edward Whitaker

Joseph O’Brien’s State of Rest is likely to sign off his career with a defence of his Cox Plate title in October.

The four-year-old landed his fourth Group One last week when winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting, securing an all-the-way one-length victory under Shane Crosse..

That followed a Pix Ganay win and victory further afield as the colt is also the current titleholder of the Saratoga Derby and the Cox Plate.

A return to the latter race is now a target for the bay, who has many Australian connections via ownership group the State Of Rest Partnership.

Henry Field, co-owner and managing director of Newgate Stud, told racing.com: “Joseph O’Brien, who many consider the child prodigy – the best young trainer on the planet – he loves Australia. Australia’s his special place.

“He’s a horse that’s won Group Ones in America, France, one of the most prestigious Group Ones at Royal Ascot and a Cox Plate.

“It would be very special to try to put back-to-back Cox Plates together and I think Joseph thinks this is the horse to do it.

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“He’s a very rare animal, this horse, and I think back-to-back Cox Plates would be very fitting on his resumé – he’d be very hard to beat.”

Some consideration will also be given to the Breeders’ Cup bid late in the season, but the Cox Plate is the favoured destination and would likely be State Of Rest’s final run before retirement to stud.


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