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St Nicholas Abbey too good in Coronation

HAVING been passed and gone several lengths down on Midday early in the home straight,St Nicholas Abbey showed battling qualities to match his class and land a first Group 1 success since taking the Racing Post Trophy in 2009.

A tenacious Ryan Moore completed a 16-1 double on the day and never gave up on the even-money favourite, overhauling Midday close home after the mare had been matched at 1.01 on Betfair after hitting the front early in the home straight.


Having switched round Midday, St Nicholas Abbey ground his way back to the front towards the centre of the course and was going away from the runner-up at the line.


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In 2009, most European fan's thought St Nicholas Abbey was the second coming. He had undefeated juvenile season in 2009. Culminating with win's in the G2 Beresford Stakes in Ireland, and a runaway romp in the G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. As a 3yr.old in 2010, St Nicholas Abbey went off as a heavy favorite to win the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. But ended up a well beaten 6th in that race. He didn't run another race during his 3yr.old season. He made his 2011 seasonal debut at the Curragh in Ireland in the G3 Alleged Stakes over 10f. But again, a sub-par run saw him finish 3rd in a messy race. Then, at the beginning of may, Aidan O'Brien brought St Nicholas Abbey to the Chester meeting and entered the son of Montjeu in the G3 Ormonde Stakes over 1-3/4. St Nicholas Abbey, with Ryan Moore aboard, exploded at Chester to win the Ormonde by some 12 lengths. Today at Epsom, St Nicholas Abbey was really up against it with Henry Cecil's 5-time G1 winning race-mare, Midday, and a hugely improved Dandino, who already won at Ripon and the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket over 1-1/2 this season. Plus another tough race-mare in Clowance, and this season's G3 John Porter Stakes winner Indian Days rounding out the G1 Coronation Cup field. Midday hung down the camber coming down the hill at Epsom and squeezed off St Nicholas Abbey between herself and Dandino. She immediately kicked 3 or 4 length's clear of St Nicholas Abbey. I actually called him beaten after that happened. But Ryan Moore did a fantastic job recovering. He got St Nicholas Abbey out into the clear, then got him to uncork that devastating turn of foot. Which he did, and immediately set about running down Midday, and winning the G1 Coronation Cup by 2 lengths. My guess is that Aidan O'Brien will go double handed again this year at Longchamp in the Arc De Triomphe with St Nicholas Abbey and the Australian wonder horse, So You Think. Which will make an even stronger pair than he had with Fame and Glory and Cape Blanco in last seasons Arc De Triomphe. JMO.

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