Coronation Cup: St Nicholas Abbey just got up to deny Midday in 2011PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
O'Brien eyes for sixth Coronation with Abbey
WITH only five rivals, St Nicholas Abbey is a best priced 8-13 to make it back-to-back victories in the Investec-sponsored Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday and give Aidan O'Brien his sixth victory in the race.
Last year he registered his first Group 1 success since his champion two-year-old season, before going on to further Grade 1 glory at the Breeders' Cup.
His shock defeat last time out in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh last month, when he failed by one length to peg back his stablemate and 66-1 shot Windsor Palace, did not unduly concern his trainer.
O'Brien said: "St Nicholas Abbey had a break after finishing second in the Sheema Classic at Meydan in March. The ground was very soft at the Curragh and such conditions don't suit him.
"The last thing Joseph wanted to do was give him a very hard race. We ran him at the Curragh with a view to going back for the Coronation Cup and we've been happy with him since his last run. He's in good form and the ground will suit him."
St Nicholas Abbey is attempting to become the sixth dual winner of the event and the first since the Clive Brittain-trained Warrsan scored in 2003 and 2004.
O'Brien, who also runs Robin Hood, a likely pacemaker who has made the running in nine of his 11 races, has previously been successful with Yeats (2005), Scorpion (2007), Soldier Of Fortune (2008) and Fame And Glory (2010) prior to St Nicholas Abbey's victory a year ago.