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Monday 19 February 2018

O'Brien's Ascot Thinking

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

AIDAN O'Brien is set to rely solely on So You Think in Saturday's Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Stablemate Await The Dawn was also entered for the 10-furlong showpiece, but O'Brien's wife Anne-marie tweeted: "Await The Dawn is unlikely to run in the Qipco Champion Stakes as we feel the race is coming a little too soon for him."

Await The Dawn, a disappointing favourite behind Twice Over in the Juddmonte International at York, had been as low as 7/1 in the betting. So You Think, a staying-on fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been installed 2/1 market leader.

Meanwhile, O'Brien's 2010 Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco is to stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky. The four-year-old just held Dean's Kitten by a nose in the Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational at Belmont earlier this month, but sustained a career-ending injury in the process.

The son of Galileo was completing a hat-trick of Grade One victories in the US, having previously won the Arlington Million and the Man O'War Stakes.

Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said: "Galileo is without doubt the hottest sire in the world right now.

"We've wanted to stand one of his top sons for some time but we thought we should wait for the right one, and in Cape Blanco we're confident we've got him."

Irish Independent

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