Friday 24 November 2017

Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Deauville on for Royal Lodge

Deauville (left)
Deauville (left)

Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Deauville is still among the 18 possibles for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Galileo colt is a full-brother to The Corsican and built on his reputation when beating Sanus Per Aquam in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on his second outing.

O'Brien has also left in eight of Deauville's stablemates - Shogun, Air Vice Marshal, Beacon Rock, General Macarthur, Landofhopeandglory, Port Douglas, Unicorn and Lieutenant General.

John Gosden's Foundation is also unbeaten in two starts and barely came off the bridle in winning a Listed race at Haydock. Richard Hannon's Listed winner Tony Curtis and stablemate Humphrey Bogart are still engaged, as is the Roger Varian-trained Haalick.

Alan King has paid tribute to the retiring Robert Thornton, highlighting the 2008 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle victory of Nenuphar Collonges as the ride that best showcased his talents.

The 37-year-old (pictured) has been forced to call time on his career after suffering fractured vertebrae in a fall from Say When at Chepstow in April 2014.

For most of his career he operated as King's stable jockey and the pair enjoyed a great run of success, winning the Champion Hurdle with Katchit, the Arkle and World Hurdle with My Way De Solzen and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Voy Por Ustedes.

But it was the victory of Nenuphar Collonges, in another Grade One at Cheltenham, which King remembers fondly.

"If I were to pick out one of his rides as special, that would be Nenuphar Collonges in the Albert Bartlett. He just wouldn't give in and kept pushing," said King.

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