St Nicholas Abbey returned to his brilliant best to deny Midday in an exciting finish to the Coronation Cup at Epsom this afternoon.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt had disappointed in last season’s 2000 Guineas but impressed at Chester last time out and was sent to post the even money favourite. His supporters would have anxious as Midday cruised to the front three furlongs out marker,but Ryan Moore soon got after St Nicholas Abbey. The Ballydoyle colt stayed on the stronger and wore down the mare close home.
Moore said: “Midday just quickened up a bit better than me. I was going to make the running but Dandino wanted to go on. It just took him a while to hit top gear but he was very honest today – he fought very hard. It definitely looks like a mile and a half (is his trip) at the moment.”
With a number of top class middle distance colts at Ballydoyle,including the ex Aussie superstar So You Think, O’Brien will have his work cut out keeping them apart later in the season.