Nathaniel attempts to post back-to-back successes in this prestigious event and though he does not enjoy the weight-for-age allowance that he had last year, John Gosden's colt arrives on the back of a tenacious victory in the Eclipse. Sea Moon and Dunaden met in the Hardwicke Stakes last month with the former coming out on top and connections of the latter have flown Craig Williams over from Australia to attempt a reversal. Masked Marvel and Brown Panther, first and second in last year's St Leger, have been ignored in the betting after patchy seasons so far; whilst Arc winner Danedream, Prix Niel protagonist Reliable Man and Japanese Derby victor, Deep Brillante, ensure it's a truly global affair. Aidan O'Brien has won this three times in the past and will be hoping that ST NICHOLAS ABBEY can add to that tally. Despite winning two Coronation Cups and a Breeders' Cup Turf in the last 18 months, he's never quite captured the imagination of the public in the manner that some of his more illustrious stablemates have, but that could change here. This is undoubtedly a tougher assignment than he faced at Epsom last time but were he to arrive in the same frame of mind, it would take a very good horse to beat him.
Brown Panther 85-40 (9-1) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led over 3f out, clear 2f out, pushed along and stayed on strongly, won at Pontefract 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) sft in Jun beating Lost In The Moment (9-1) by 7l, 4 ran.
Dunaden (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place and not much room 3f out, soon outpaced, headway under pressure when not clear run over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd final 100 yards, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sea Moon (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Masked Marvel 8-1 (9-0) Tracked clear leader, closed 4f out, led entering final 3f, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner but no chance, outpaced to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 8l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Nathaniel (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Soon led, headed over 9f out, tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, strongly pressed entering final furlong, ran on well and in command towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gs beating Farhh (9-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Reliable Man 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, going on close home, never any chance with winner, 4th of 11, 3l behind So You Think (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Robin Hood (IRE) 200-1 (9-0) Led and set good pace, pushed along to maintain strong tempo halfway, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, eased, tailed off, last of 11, 36l behind So You Think (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Sea Moon (AUS) 3-1fav (9-0) Held up mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, led just inside final 2f, ridden clear over 1f out, well in command final furlong, won at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun beating Dunaden (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 8-11fav (9-0) Held up in last pair, smooth headway on outside 4f out, went 2nd on bit over 2f out, led 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, pushed clear and stayed on strongly final furlong, final furlong impressive, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun beating Red Cadeaux (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Danedream (GER) 4-5fav (8-12) last of 4, 2 3/4l behind Meandre (9-2) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Deep Brillante (JPN) (8-13) won at Tokyo(JPN) 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) fm in May beating Fenomeno (8-13) by ns, 18 ran.