Joseph O’Brien gets his chance at further Group One glory this weekend as the youngster has been declared to ride St Nicholas Abbey in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Ballydoyle have used Ryan Moore when he is available this season but the former English champion jockey has been claimed by Sir Michael Stoute for the ride aboard Workforce. Kieren Fallon, Colm O’Donoghue and Seamie Heffernan have all had their opportunities this season, but Aidan O’Brien has now given his son the chance to shine at the highest level.
“St Nicholas Abbey is our only runner in the King George at Ascot on Saturday and Joseph will be declared to ride him,” O’Brien’s wife Annemarie wrote on Twitter.
Joseph O’Brien had his first Group One success earlier his year when he partnered Roderic O’Connor to victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas. To date he has proved more than capable of holding his own at the top level and is well entitled to his chance this weekend.