Saturday 3 December 2016

Silva lining up to defend his St Leger crown

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

The St Leger was first staged back in 1944 and this year marks the 13th year of the Kerry Agribusiness sponsorship of the race that was originally the 550 yards classic when the Derby was run over 525 yards (Stock image)
The St Leger was first staged back in 1944 and this year marks the 13th year of the Kerry Agribusiness sponsorship of the race that was originally the 550 yards classic when the Derby was run over 525 yards (Stock image)

We may be only days away from the final of the BoyleSports Irish Derby, but already thoughts are switching to the next all-aged classic - the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger which will commence at Limerick on Saturday, October 3.

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The St Leger was first staged back in 1944 and this year marks the 13th year of the Kerry Agribusiness sponsorship of the race that was originally the 550 yards classic when the Derby was run over 525 yards.

Reigning champion is the Pat Buckley-trained Paradise Silva which has gone on to win the Marshes Dundalk International and is likely to defend his title.

In that Dundalk victory he had no fewer than three Derby finalists behind him in Ballymac Matt, Cable Bay and English Derby finalist Making Paper.

The winner's prize in the St Leger will be €25,000 and the final is scheduled for Saturday, October 31.

Irish Independent

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