Order Of St George To Skip Goodwood Cup

Mon 17th Jul 2017, 16:00

Order Of St George
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An eagerly-awaited rematch between Big Orange and Order Of St George in the Qatar Goodwood Cup is off the agenda.

The victory of the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange over defending Gold Cup champion Order Of St George was arguably the highlight of this year's Royal Ascot, and many had been looking forward to round two in a race to be run as a Group One for the first time this year.

However, Aidan O'Brien revealed on Monday: "The plan is to go there with US Army Ranger, and Order Of St George will probably not be running in the race. He's having a little bit of a midsummer break and he'll probably have a prep run for the Irish St Leger, then an autumn campaign."

Looking forward to the Qatar-sponsored Goodwood Festival in general, where the Ballydoyle trainer will run the likes of Churchill (Sussex Stakes) and Winter (Nassau Stakes), O'Brien added: "Obviously we are really looking forward to it, as it is one of the meetings of the season.

"We really look forward to it every year, but this year more so than ever."

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