Tuesday, 19 June 2012
: Power is the number one hope for the Aidan O'Brien stable in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot as the Ballydoyle trainer bids for a seventh win in this prestigious contest
Last year's Coventry Stakes hero put a poor performance in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket behind him when winning the Irish equivalent. He was ridden that day by the trainer's son Joseph O'Brien, who is in the saddle once again.
"He ran a blinder at the Curragh and we're hoping for a good run," said the young jockey.
"The ground won't be ideal, but there's nothing you can do about it."
Gabrial was one of two supplementary entries along with Lucayan at a cost of £25,000 at the confirmation stage.
The Richard Fahey-trained colt is taking a leap in class but connections believe it is worth the gamble after his victory in the Betfred Silver Bowl at Haydock.
"Obviously it's a big step up, but he won well the last time and he has worked well since," said Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan.
"We do like him so we'll have to see how he gets on tomorrow. He was put up 10lb for winning so it just made it more difficult in handicaps.
"It's an open race and I wouldn't be surprised if he ran well. He's on an upward curve and let's hope he keeps on improving."