Kew Gardens will make his seasonal reappearance in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester on Thursday. Aidan O’Brien’s charge enjoyed a successful 2018 as a three-year-old, claiming victories in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the St Leger at Doncaster.
The son of Galileo rounded off the year by finishing seventh in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and he will now return to action at Chester in Thursday’s one-mile-five-furlong Group Three. O’Brien has high hopes for the four-year-old and he has confirmed a successful run on Thursday could see him make the step back up to Group One level in the Coronation Cup at Epsom at the end of the month.
“If he’s OK going around there (Chester), he could go for the Coronation Cup,” O’Brien confirmed. Kew Gardens may well have a point to prove at Epsom, with O’Brien admitting the colt was not at his best as he finished ninth in last year’s Derby at the venue. “He disappointed there (Epsom) in the Derby last year, but maybe it was because we didn’t give him a chance and rode him too far forward,” the Irish trainer added.