Brown Panther eyes up repeat
Last year’s winner Brown Panther heads the entries for the €350,000 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.
The fourteen furlong event has attracted 48 entries, 13 of which have come from Britain. In addition to Brown Panther, the highly promising Snow Sky who beat Michael Owen’s seven-year-old to win the Yorkshire Cup earlier this month, has been put in the race by Sir Michael Stoute who has also entered Gospel Choir, the winner of the Yorkshire Cup in 2013. Tac De Boistron, winner of the Prix Royal Oak in 2013 and again last year, could represent Marco Botti while Ed Dunlop has entered his popular globetrotter Red Cadeaux.
The German-trained trio of Ephraim, Swordshire and Walzertakt who finished first, second and third in the Group 3 Comer Group International 44th Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten earlier this month have all been entered for the race.
No current trainer has enjoyed more success in the Irish St Leger than Dermot Weld and he has entered seven horses as he bids for his eighth success in the race. The unbeaten Forgotten Rules heads the Rosewell House challenge and he could be joined by the likes of Windsor Park, Good Tradition and Vintage Nouveau. Weld won the race as recently as 2013 with Voleuse De Coeurs but had earlier enjoyed success with Vintage Crop in 1993 and 1994 and with Vinnie Roe who won on four successive occasions between 2001 and 2004.
Aidan O’Brien won the race with Yeats in 2007 and again with Septimus 12 months later and he has a team of 11 entered this time around. Giovanni Canaletto, Diamondsandrubies, Hans Holbein and Together Forever are just some of the familiar names that could represent Ballydoyle.
Other notable entries include the Ken Condon-trained Success Days, Jim Bolger’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and the rapidly improving Curvy, trained by David Wachman.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, said, “The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger is the feature race on day two of Irish Champions Weekend and Brown Panther’s win last year was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the weekend. This year’s race has once again attracted a top-class entry including three German-trained horses through our link with Hoppegarten. We look forward to seeing some old favourites such as Brown Panther, Forgotten Rules and Tac De Boistron taking on the young pretenders on September 13th.”
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