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Sunday 18 August 2019

Kew Gardens ready to bloom at Chester

Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens will try to earn himself a return to the top level with a comeback victory in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

Aidan O'Brien's charge enjoyed a tremendous three-year-old campaign last season that included Royal Ascot success in the Queen's Vase and Classic glory in the St Leger at Doncaster.

He rounded off 2018 by finishing seventh in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and has significantly less on his plate as he makes his seasonal reappearance in today's extended one-mile-five-furlong Group Three.

O'Brien said: "If he's OK going around there (Chester), he could go for the Coronation Cup.

"He disappointed there (Epsom) in the Derby last year, but maybe it was because we didn't give him a chance and rode him too far forward."

Kew Gardens will be a hot favourite to give weight and a beating to five rivals on the Roodee - including his stablemate Cypress Creek.

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