Aiden O’Brien is anticipating an improvement from Kew Gardens when he goes back up in trip for the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday week.
Kew Gardens will bid to give O’Brien the final British Classic of the season for the sixth time in his career by adding to last year’s game success from Capri.
The Ballydoyle supremo feels the 1m6f stamina-sapping trip on Town Moor is going to be perfect for the son of Galileo.
Kew Gardens was well beaten in the Derby at Epsom in June but he rebounded in some style, winning the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot over the aforementioned longer trip.
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In July the colt would add his maiden Group One success via the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp having come back down to a mile and a half.
At York last month he had to shoulder a 5lb penalty for that win as he finished a brave third in the Great Voltigeur behind Old Persian.
They may lock horns once more at Doncaster, with Kew Gardens 11/8 favourite with Skybet to reverse form with Charlie Appleby’s charge.
O’Brien felt York was an idea prep and is really looking forward to the St Leger.
“I was delighted with Kew Gardens’ run (at York),” O’Brien said of Great Voltigeur third behind Old Persian.
“It was not ideal having a penalty, but we felt we had to have a run and we thought that was the perfect place to give him a prep.
“Ryan Moore was delighted with him and obviously he stays further. We always thought Doncaster would suit and hopefully the ground will be nice there.”
Old Persian, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes this summer at Royal Ascot earlier in the summer, is trading at 6/1 with BetBright to win the St Leger at Doncaster on September 15th.
Written by Enda McElhinney
Enda McElhinney is an Irish-based racing writer with an increasing portfolio of work on British and Irish racing. His daily routine is race-by-race form analysis, both on the Flat and over jumps. While the racing world must keep on turning, he is quite sure that no horse will ever pull at his heartstrings quite as much as the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Denman.