Light Leads home Leger trial field
Leading Light continued his unbeaten run this season with a pretty effortless victory in the St Leger Trial at the Curragh, as he continues to warm for the Leger itself later in the season. Having tasted defeat for just the second time in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at the end of last season, the brilliant 4yo has returned in scintillating form this season, including a gutsy victory in the Ascot Gold Cup.
Today he notched up his third straight victory this season in the Group 3 contest and last years British St Leger winner was under no duress to see off last year’s winner of the race Royal Diamond. In what was a decent field, Leading Light was held up off the pace throughout by Joseph O’Brien and as is his norm, when he hit the front inside the final quarter of a mile, began to labour but still had enough in the locker to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Shu Lewis, who had put in a gallant effort from the front under Seamie Heffernan was just a short-head back in third.
Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with that. He’s had a good break since Ascot. We let him down well after that and it’s nice to get him started back. He came here two weeks ago for a canter to wake him up a bit. He should come on nicely from that as he’s giving a good blow.
“The Leger falls lovely in the second half of the season for him. I don’t know where he’ll go after that but the main thing is the lads would like him back for Ascot next year.”
By Kevin Walsh 24/8/14
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