Order Of St George to race on
Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George is set to race on in 2017.
Order Of St George could return for another crack at the Gold Cup
The four-year-old son of Galileo confirmed his burgeoning status as a leading stayer at Royal Ascot in June to land a second Group One success following his bloodless victory in the 2015 Irish St Leger.
Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore team have enjoyed more success in the Ascot Gold Cup than anyone else with the brilliant Yeats, contributing four of their seven victories.
He failed to retain that crown in September and was also beaten on QIPCO British Champions Day but in between those reverses, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt proved his versatility and class when finishing third in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe behind stablemates Found and Highland Reel.
On Tuesday night, Order Of St George was named as Cartier Stayer of the Year at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards in London.
Christy Grassick, representing the winning connections, confirmed the news in his acceptance speech that Order Of St George will remain in training.
"This is a special award for a lot of people at Coolmore as he's bred by Paget Bloodstock and they are very much part of our operation so it's a special mention to them, and I can't leave without Galileo who keeps popping up for some reason," he said.
"The good news is that he's in training again for next year."
It had already been revealed that Minding is set to return to the track in 2017 and Ryan Moore can see no reason why she can't continue to improve.
"I don't see why not," he said. "She's got an awful lot of class and she was good at two. She was every bit as good at three and I see no reason why she shouldn't continue to get better.
"I'm very lucky to ride the best and from the first time I sat on her I thought she was a bit different, she impressed me as a two-year-old at Newmarket and all year she never let us down, she never ran a bad race; it was a pleasure to ride her."
"I think he's a special colt and I was lucky enough to ride him on most of his starts and he got better all through the year," he commented.
"He was always held in the highest regard at Ballydoyle and we think he has a very exciting future so hopefully we look forward to him next year."
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