Monday, September 28, 2009

St. Nicholas Abbey Wins Juddmonte Beresford Stakes

Tracking in third with two furlongs left, St. Nicholas Abbey took the lead inside the final furlong and posted a comfortable three-quarter length win over runnerup Layali Al Andalus in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2) at Curragh Sunday.

The triumph marks the second win in two starts for the Aiden O’Brien-trained Saint Nicholas Abbey and landed him atop the board as the favorite for the 2010 Investec Derby Stakes at Epsom Downs.

"Only time will tell if Aidan O'Brien's charge can emulate last year's Beresford winner, Sea The Stars, and go on to Epsom glory, but at this early stage he's a worthy favourite in our book," said Coral spokesman David Stevens in a Racing Post interview.

St. Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu-Leaping Water by Sure Blade) is a half brother to Grade Two winner Grammarian. His sire, Montjeu, sired the 2005 Derby winner Motivator and Authorized who won the Derby in 2007.

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