Kew Gardens will lead a Aidan O’Brien team into battle in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger.
It’s 12 years since the master of Ballydoyle initially claimed the Irish Vintage with the powerful Yeats, also he’s has since added to his tally with Septimus (2008), double winner Order Of St George (2015 and 2017) and last year’s victor Flag Of Honour.
Kew Gardens is currently pursuing his second traditional victory on Sunday, with won the St Leger at Doncaster on this weekend.
The son of Galileo has made just two competitive appearances so far this year – prior to being touched off by Defoe in the Coronation Cup at Epsom a couple weeks 44, enduring an odds-on undo from the Stakes at Chester in May.
O’Brien stated:”Kew Gardens is also in great form. He went a tiny bit incorrect on usso we needed to stop .
“He’s back in good shape and is ready to start.
“He stays really well and gets a fantastic trip. Since we believed he was a Gold Cup horse, we had been excited about going to the Gold Cup with this season.
“I would think he would get further than two kilometers, and I really don’t know if he would be quick enough to the Melbourne Cup.”
Southern France – champion of the Irish St Leger Trial within the route and distance last month has been commissioned to create what’s defined as his final start for O’Brien, having been marketed to keep his career in Australia with Ciaron Maher and coaching spouse David Eustace.
Cypress Creek and capri finish the Ballydoyle quartet.
Joseph O’Brien has three contenders, together with last year’s Irish Derby hero Latrobe combined by Twilight Payment, who makes his debut for your lawn.
The home team is finished with Dermot Weld’s Irish and Galtres Stakes winner Hunt For a Song, even although the Sylvester Kirk-trained Salouen and Charlie Appleby’s Cross Counter both have made the trip from Britain.
Cross Counter became the first British-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup last November and also has done wrong – before running at Royal Ascot and the Goodwood Cup, winning the Dubai Gold Cup in March.
Appleby explained:”He’s a horse that always travels well through his races, and I think coming back to a mile and six (furlongs) will match him.
“He has run two quite strong races since he came back into Europe – ending fourth in the Gold Cup and third at Goodwood. When he brings that level of form he is likely to be a player.
“I am hoping to get a great run, and hopefully it will be fine springboard before going back to Melbourne.”
The Salouen measures up to a mile and three-quarters for the first time in his career. Kirk’s stable celebrity was seen finishing fourth supporting Enable from the King George at Ascot in July.
“He’s in amazing form, and we’re looking forward to stepping him up in trip. We probably ought to have attempted it before today,” said Kirk.
“it is a good race, and we’re taking on the O’Brien battalion.
“This is the caliber we’re in, so we’ll see how we go.
“I wouldn’t mind a good deal of rain coming from nowhere!”