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St Nicholas Abbey: dual winner could contest the Coronation Cup again

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St Nic could clash with Cirrus Des Aigles

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY could bid for an historic third win in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 1 where he is on course for a potential clash with another multiple Group 1 winner, Cirrus Des Aigles.

The pair have eight wins at the highest level between them, St Nicholas Abbey's haul including the last two runnings of this race, and most recently the Sheema Classic on Saturday a race in which he finished second behind Cirrus Des Aigles last year.

A total of 35 entries have been made for the £350,000 contest and Corine Barande-Barbe trainer of Cirrus Des Aigles said: "He is well at the moment and has totally recovered from his injury but I just want to give him time. I think he can do really well this season and that is why I want to take it slowly with him because when you give horses time, they don't age.

"The Investec Coronation Cup is a possible option for Cirrus Des Aigles. I don't know where or when I am going to start him off this year so I just wanted to have a door open.

"It might be too hard a race to try and win first time out so we will have to see if we can do anything before then but the horse will tell me when he is ready to run."

St Nicholas Abbey's trainer Aidan O'Brien has 24 of the 83 entries in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 16 a race in which Telescope, 7-1 second-favourite for the Investec Derby, could run.

Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbreds, said:"He has wintered really well and physically is very changed from last year. At the moment, the plan is to run in a Derby trial - Sir Michael [Stoute] will decide which one he heads to."

O'Brien's son Joseph on Tuesday reiterated that Kingsbarns had hit with a slight setback over the winter which resulted in his odds for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas easing while telling At The Races that stablemate Cristoforo Colombo was a "definite possible" for one of the Guineas.

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