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Aidan O'Brien has St Nicholas and Treasure Beach on duty for Breeders' Cup turf

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 10:51 | Comments

St Nicholas was an impressive winner at the Breeders' in 2011
St Nicholas was an impressive winner at the Breeders' in 2011

St Nicholas Abbey will break from stall three when he defends his crown in the Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's five-year-old was a hugely impressive winner of the mile and a half Grade One 12 months ago and he has run some fine races in Europe this term.

After winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom, St Nicholas Abbey was placed in three consecutive top-level events before finishing down the field in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

He is joined in the line-up by stable companion Treasure Beach, who is a regular runner in America and is right next door in the starting stalls in four of 12.

Frankie Dettori partners former Brian Meehan inmate Cogito (six) for Doug O'Neill, while the former Stan Moore-trained Slim Shadey is an interesting runner for Simon Callaghan, but stall 11 is clearly not ideal. 

The Juvenile Turf kicks off Saturday's card and Roger Charlton will undoubtedly be pleased to have drawn stall six of 15 for his ante-post favourite Dundonnell.

Jeremy Noseda's Fantastic Moon has also fared well in stall five, Godolphin's Artigiano is in stall two and Aidan O'Brien's George Vancouver is in stall three.

Richard Hughes comes in for a spare ride on O'Brien's second string Lines Of Battle, but he is in stall 14.

Ballydoyle's Starspangledbanner is in stall 14 of 14 as he aims to bounce back to form in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

There is no European interest in the concluding race of the meeting, the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The Bob Baffert-trained favourite Game On Dude is in stall five and faces 11 rivals.

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