Coolmore Australia announced on Tuesday evening that Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy will join Aidan O’Brien’s string at Coolmore’s training operation Ballydoyle in Ireland in preparation for racing at Royal Ascot in June.
The Fastnet Rock colt won the Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m up Flemington's straight sprint course last October and resumed with two third placings in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield on February 10th and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington last Saturday
“I am very excited by Merchant Navy” said O’Brien.
“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 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot looks the perfect race for him”.
Merchant Navy, out of the Snippets mare Legally Bay, heads to Ireland and potentially the £600000, Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23rd, with a record of five wins and the two third places from eight starts and stakes of $939,950.
Merchant Navy (inside) winning the 2017 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, picture Quentinjlang.com