Nelson Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth With Gate-To-Wire Win In Champions Juvenile Stakes

by | 09.09.2017 | 5:12pm
Nelson (Frankel) runs away from his Leopardstown rivals to win the G3 Champions Juvenile Stakes

Nelson made virtually all the running to take the Group Three spoils in the Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown. The victory earned the colt an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.

The son of Frankel led home a one-two-three for the Aidan O'Brien stable as he ran his rivals ragged in the hands of the trainer's son Donnacha.

Nelson (11-2) opened his account over the course and distance in similar fashion three weeks earlier and the tactics worked again.

Galloping on strongly, Nelson came home clear from Kew Gardens, with stable first choice Delano Roosevelt only third.

The winning rider said: “He kept galloping all the way to the line. It was a nice performance.

“I thought I'd gone a nice, even pace. I quickened from the bend and thought it would take a good one to get me.”

Nelson was cut to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Investec Derby with Paddy Power. RaceBets go 25-1 from 33-1.

O'Brien senior said: “He's improved with every run, and the experience was a big help. He got a nice easy lead and quickened up well off the bend. You would be delighted with all three of them really.

“He's very well bred by Frankel out of Moonstone and is a horse to really look forward to. He stays well and looks a Racing Post Trophy-type horse.

“Ryan's (Moore) horse (Delano Roosevelt) had only one run so he was always going to be green around there. In an ideal world we would like to have two runs coming here.

“He was very raw, and Ryan said he got a bit disorganised early and he had to take him back a bit.”

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