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Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Brien puts Abbey through Curragh paces

EPSOM Derby favourite St Nicholas Abbey worked well after racing at the Curragh yesterday when Aidan O'Brien galloped 20 of his horses at headquarters.

The star three-year-old worked in a group of 10 horses over one mile and having been held up by Sam Curling in the early stages, he quickened up nicely to finish a close second to Mikhail Glinka (more vigorously ridden) in the hands of Joseph O'Brien.

St Nicholas Abbey made his debut at the Curragh last August and is unbeaten in his three outings to date. He shot to the head of the Derby betting when landing the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.

At Cork, meanwhile, Robert Tyner's Footy Facts made all for a short-head success from Rigour Back Bob in the featured Easter Festival Hurdle.

Philip Enright was completing a double on the 10-year-old having earlier scored on the Lawrence Walshe-trained Jerry's Agent. "He did it well and is more likely to go to Fairyhouse next," said Tyner.

Ruby Walsh made his visit to Mallow worthwhile with a double on Kusadasi in the Navigation Road Novice Handicap Hurdle and Tony Martin's Siberian Tiger in the maiden hurdle.

Irish Independent

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