Joseph O'Brien hoping Rekindling can make Classic standard

Sun 3 Sep 2017

Rekindling is set for a second tilt at Classic glory in either next Sunday's Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh or the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster the following Saturday.

Joseph O'Brien's colt was disappointing in the Epsom Derby in early June, but bounced back to beat last year's Irish Leger hero Wicklow Brave in the Curragh Cup in July.

The son of High Chaparral was last seen chasing home leading older stayer Order Of St George in the Irish Leger Trial at the Curragh.

Rekindling, who is owned by Australian Lloyd Williams, has been mentioned as a possible runner in the Melbourne Cup, but O'Brien is in no rush to commit to a trip Down Under.

"I'd say we'll go for either the English Leger or the Irish Leger and take it from there," said the County Kilkenny-based trainer.

"He seems in very good form and we were delighted with how he ran the other day.

"In fairness to him, he's been running well all year apart from in the Derby."

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