O’Brien to take the reins aboard St Nicholas Abbey for King George


Just a week ago there was a huge plunge on Aiden O’Brien’s St Nicholas Abbey to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, but how times have changed.

St Nicholas Abbey is now as big as 5/2 to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes following the news Workforce will run in the race.

Sir Henry Cecil had suggested that Workforce may sidestep the race following his run in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, but Workforce will run on Saturday and is now the 11/8 favourite.

Five runners were declared for Saturday’s showpiece at Ascot and the line-up makes it a thrilling encounter.

Ryan Moore will take the ride on Workforce leaving Joseph O’Brien to ride St Nicholas Abbey and some may feel that’s another negative against St Nicholas Abbey considering he has just the one big race win to his name when aboard Roderic O’Connor in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner and conqueror of So You Think, Rewilding is currently an 3/1 chance to win on Saturday and considering his Royal Ascot form it’s fair to say he looks a huge price.

Workforce couldn’t conquer So You Think in the Coral Eclipse over 1m2f at Sandown on good ground at the start of the month yet Rewilding pipped So You Think by a neck on good ground at Royal Ascot.

Nathaniel and Debussy make up the other two runners and Debussy, a 100/1 shot, is not worth considering.

Nathaniel is making a huge step up in company but John Gosden’s three year-old and ante-post St Leger favourite has shown plenty of promise this season and cannot be written off.

While a win may be beyond Nathaniel, a strong performance from the three-year-old in such revered company would see his St Leger odds shorten further.

However it does look like a three horse race, although at the current prices, the smart money would be on Rewilding.