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Monday 20 August 2018

Abbey aimed at Ascot

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 2000 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 Investec 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 Annemarie.

"St Nicholas Abbey will probably be trained now for the King George and Wonder Of Wonders for the Irish Oaks."

Kevin Prendergast's Rose Bonheur may have had her limitations exposed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas but she was well up to taking the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas.

Prior to her lacklustre show in Classic company, the three-year-old had won over sprint distances at Tipperary and at this track and showed seven furlongs was within her range this time.

The well-supported 9-2 favourite travelled kindly throughout in the hands of stable jockey Declan McDonogh and once asked to go about her business, Rose Bonheur soon sprinted clear, coming home two lengths ahead of Blaze Brightly.

It was the second leg of a quickfire double for the trainer and jockey having struck in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden with 13/2 shot Brown Butterfly.

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