St Nich bids for Santa Anita double
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Aidan O'Brien has landed the Breeders' Cup Turf three times and will saddle both Treasure Beach and the returning champion St Nicholas Abbey at Santa Anita on Saturday week.
Ladbrokes make St Nicholas Abbey their 3-1 second-favourite behind Point Of Entry (5-2), who beat Treasure Beach in the recent Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes, although Coral have them both at 3s.
O'Brien said: "St Nicholas Abbey is a fast ground horse really and Treasure Beach has been progressing - his last run was his best run - and we think he has progressed again since then."
The well-travelled Up takes in the Filly & Mare Turf with Starspangledbanner pencilled in for Friday's Mercury Stakes at Dundalk ahead of the Turf Sprint.
"We think a mile and a quarter is (Up's) best trip and she likes that quick ground, which she doesn't get much of here," he said.