Order Of St George powering away from his rivals at Royal Ascot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 4:50PM 16 AUG 2016
GOLD CUP hero Order Of St George, officially rated Ireland’s best Flat horse, is set to return to action on a star-studded weekend at the Curragh.
Unraced since his triumph at Royal Ascot, the 124-rated ace is in line to contest Saturday’s Group 3 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial, a race he won last season by seven and a half lengths before landing the Irish St Leger.
He could be joined at the Curragh by his Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate US Army Ranger, the Investec Derby runner-up who could take on Qipco Champion Stakes and Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Fascinating Rock in the Group 3 Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes on Sunday.
Chesham winner Churchill, last seen landing the Tyros Stakes, is set to represent O’Brien in the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes, while last-time-out scorers Rhododendron and Hydrangea are possibles for the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes.
“Order Of St George had a break after Royal Ascot and is just back ready to start,” said O’Brien.
Ireland’s best Flat horses – *entered at the Curragh this weekend
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“The plan with him after Ascot was to start back at the Curragh this weekend and we’ll get over that first, but hopefully then he will go back for the Irish St Leger.
“US Army Ranger is similar in that he is in after having a good long break and is just ready to start back. We are happy with him since Epsom but he is just ready to start off and he’ll improve a lot for the run at the weekend.”
O’Brien added: “Churchill seems to be in good form after Leopardstown and he is the main one in the Futurity Stakes and we will decide later in the week what else will run with him and in the Debutante Stakes.
“Rhododendron is a possible to go there as is Hydrangea who won at the Curragh last time and we might have something else to run as well but we will take a look closer to the weekend.”