Bloom gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a glorious weekend after winning the first group Grand Prix of St. Cloud on Sunday.
O’Brien’s three-year-old ace, St. Mark’s Cathedral, won Saturday’s coral eclipse in Sandown with outstanding style, and Bloom, who has always been back on the road to victory with a never-say-defeat victory.
The Tattersalls Gold Cup and Hardwicke Stakes runners-up, who were sent directly to the front line by Colin Keane, continued to perform well in the precious one and a half mile and finally defeated Ebaiyra and Gold Trip who filled the vacancies.
What was disappointing in the game was the 2020 arc second In Swoop, his brief challenge on the straights eased down, and Baron Samedi-trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph-ranked second in most of the journey, but close to home Ranked fifth in the competition.
This is the first time the O’Brien senior jockey has achieved success at the St. Cloud Grand Prix. It is also another notable victory for the Irish champion jockey Keane, who is his hometown of Ballidoy this calendar year. Ballydoyle) has won 5 of 15 mounts.
Paddy Power’s reaction is to reduce King George’s Bloom from 14 seconds to 10/1 later this month, while Betfair’s 25/1 (from 50/1) on the curved Bloom, and Ebaiyra 7 /1 bet from Nassau’s 10/1 Goodwood Qatar Music Festival.