King George VI Stakes
With Wayne Rooney ‘resting his hamstring injury’ on one of London’s most exclusive golf clubs connections of St Nicholas Abbey were gutted when a genuine injury ruled the colt out of the King George VI Stakes on Saturday.
A winner of nine of his 21 starts, Aidan O’Brien’s colt was just shy of breaking through the £5m prize-money in the weekend feature.
Now no-one likes to see a champion’s career come to an end – even if you’re on Cirrus Des Aigles at 3/1 – but it shouldn’t hit you in the pocket and Paddy is giving anyone who backed St Nicholas Abbey for the King George VI Stakes their money back.
The three-time Coronation Stakes winner at Epsom was Paddy’s 2/1 favourite for Saturday’s feature as news of his career-ending injury broke.
St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him.
— Coolmore (@coolmorestud) July 23, 2013
So if you’ve backed St Nicholas Abbey for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes expect your cash to be back in your account pronto or skip up to the counter with your
(losing) winning docket sharpish.
With a life at stud beckoning for the multiple Group One winner the hard work on Saturday is left to French raider Cirrus Des Aigles – the highest rated racehorse on the planet since Frankel retired – who now heads Paddy’s market at 13/8 for the Group One 1m 4f test.
Jim Bolger’s Irish Derby winner Trading Leather is trading at 9/2 just behind German raider Novellist (4/1) who could be ridden by Johnny Murtagh if William Buick is needed by John Gosden at York.