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Merchant Navy to join O'Brien stable

  • Wed, 14 Mar 2018
  • AAP Turf

Group One-winning colt Merchant Navy will join Aidan O'Brien's string in Ireland to be prepared for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Merchant Navy won the Gr. 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes for three-year-olds last spring and finished third in Saturday's Gr. 1 Newmarket Handicap over the same 1200-metre straight course at Flemington.

Owned in a partnership with Coolmore, Merchant Navy has done most of his racing under trainer Ciaron Maher. More recently he has been prepared by Aaron Purcell while Maher serves a six-month suspension.

"I am very excited by Merchant Navy," O'Brien said in a Coolmore statement. "I was very interested to see his run on Saturday and I thought he was unlucky not to win.

"I love that he can produce a long, sustained burst of speed and the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot looks the perfect race for him".

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is on June 23.

Co-trainer David Hayes has confirmed Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior is also on a path to run in the Diamond Jubilee in June.