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Aidan O'Brien dominates King George entry

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 15:43 | Comments

Ruler Of The World is scheduled to make his next start in the Irish Derby at the Curragh
Ruler Of The World is scheduled to make his next start in the Irish Derby at the Curragh

Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World, last year's Epsom victor Camelot and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician feature among a stellar entry of 29 horses for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot next month.

The trio, who are all trained by Aidan O'Brien, head 10 contenders for Ballydoyle, with triple Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo and last year's Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch also in the mix.

Corine Barande-Barbe's stable star Cirrus Des Aigles currently tops the ante-post market with big-race sponsor Betfair while Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem, who beat Camelot last time out, is another among the leading hopes.

Other entries of note include Derby runner-up Libertarian, Godolphin's Hunter's Light, former Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden and Ed Dunlop's globetrotting Red Cadeaux.

Danedream claimed the race for Germany in 2012 and the Mario Hofer-trained Pastorius and Andreas Wohler's Novellist - the first two home in last year's German Derby - could try to follow in her hoofprints.

Very Nice Name is an intriguing entry from the yard of Alban de Mieulle, who trains predominantly in Qatar but also in France.

The son of Whipper, who is currently in France, won five times in as many starts in Qatar, culminating with victory in the valuable Emir Trophy in February.

Very Nice Name then took his chance in the Sheema Classic at Meydan, where he finished a three-and-a-half-length third to St Nicholas Abbey in the hands of Olivier Peslier.

Peslier is in line for the ride again at Ascot, as he aims to supplement his win aboard Harbinger in 2010.

De Mieulle said: "We plan to bring Very Nice Name over for the King George.

"The horse has been good since Dubai. We hoped to run in the Grand Prix de Chantilly last week but the ground was not right for him so we decided to wait. He will go straight to Ascot now.

"We were very pleased with his performance in Dubai. He didn't have a good draw and, although he wouldn't have won, I think he would have been closer to the second had he been drawn better. He has proved he is high-class there and that's why we want to run him at Ascot.

"He has improved a lot since he has come back from Dubai. He did a very good piece of work under Olivier Peslier one morning recently when we were preparing him to run at Chantilly and I'm hoping there is more to come from him on the track."

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