Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

O'Brien thanks heavens for Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey

Aidan O'Brien is looking forward to running St Nicholas Abbey again after the colt confirmed his early promise with a brilliant victory at Chester.

The four-year-old had not won since lifting the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October 2009 before he spreadeagled the field in the Ormonde Stakes on Friday.

He has lots of entries, including the Tattersalls Gold Cup, the Coronation Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Coral-Eclipse.

"I felt I made a total mess of him last year by running him in the 2000 Guineas," the Ballydoyle trainer told At The Races.

"It just went wrong one day after another and that's why we kind of pulled up and didn't get to run him at the end.

"It was lovely to see him start back at the Curragh (third to Unaccompanied). He ran a lovely race and came forward from it.

"We were delighted the other day and Ryan (Moore) was pleased with him.

"You saw what he did at Chester and you couldn't say he wasn't back to his best when he put up a performance like that.

"Hopefully he'll go on to his third run now."

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