O’Donoghue to Ride Cape Blanco

Colm O'Donoghue is savouring the opportunity to ride Cape Blanco on Saturday at Ascot, in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.



With regular jockey Johnny Murtagh picking up a six day suspension at the Newmarket July event, the mount on the Aidan O'Brien's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victor became available.

O'Donoghue is a regular jockey of second and third strings for O'Brien in the big events, and successfully fired on the Group One mark last season riding the stable's Jan Vermeer in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

When defeating subsequent Epsom Derby hero Workforce in the Dante Stakes at York he showed great dash, but Cape Blanco was disappointing in the French Derby prior to coming back at the Curragh.

The duo will now face each other again, with Workforce the even favourite and Cape Blanco available at 13-2 in a place.

A delighted O'Donoghue said, "I'm very much looking forward to the riding the horse at the weekend.

"He's in very, very good form and I'd like to thank Aidan and the owners for the opportunity."

Olivier Peslier is in positive humour prior to his mount on Harbinger.

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With Ryan Moore sticking with Derby victor Workforce, the French jockey accepted the call up.

Both are trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who saddled an astounding one-two-three in the event last year, with Conduit, Tartan Bearer and the Ask.

"I've had good success for Sir Michael Stoute in the past and I think this year we have a good chance too," said Peslier.

"I think he is the best horse this year and he is doing very well. I rode him on Saturday morning and he is very well.

"He gave me a good feel. I think he can go either way in the race, he's an easy horse to ride.

"I think he's my best ever chance of winning the race. Last time he won very well at Ascot so he knows the track and I think he has a good chance."

"Daryakana will run very well. Last time at Saint-Cloud she finished very well in third. I won the race and Youmzain finished second but I think she was a bit unlucky as there wasn't much pace.

"I think Youmzain could run well because the race at Saint-Cloud was not run at a fast pace which he prefers.

"Workforce is a very nice horse and he won well (at Epsom) but this is tough competition. The King George is a very good race, it's like the Arc de Triomphe, all the best horses run in it."

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