St Nicholas Abbey heads 12 for the King George

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St Nicholas AbbeyAiden O'Brien's St Nicholas Abbey (2/1 To Win The King George) heads the list of 12 acceptors for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The five-year-old produced a superb return to form in the Coronation Cup at Epsom last month, seeing off Red Cadeaux in some fashion.

John Gosden's Eclipse-winning Nathaniel (11/4 To Win The King George) is expected to be the main rival to O'Brien's charge, and he won this race last year under William Buick. A decision will be made later in the week as to whether he'll run given the reasonably short time between the Eclipse and this race, but sounds from connections have been positive. Gosden also runs last year's St Leger winner Masked Marvel.

The winner of the 2011 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, Danedream (10/1 To Win The King George), could be handed her first start in Britain by trainer Peter Schiergen. This season she has been mixed form, most recently a disappointing fourth in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France, but Shiergen believes she will have no problems at Ascot, saying "Nothing went right for her at Saint-Cloud, they went very slow early on and that didn't suit. She prefers a strong gallop and that is usually what you get in England."

Michael Owen's Brown Panther (20/1 To Win The King George) and Japanese star Deep Brilliante are among the more interesting entries along with Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden and the Alain de Royer-Dupre duo of Reliable Man and Shareta.

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