Tuesday 6 December 2016

Weld's magnificent seven head Irish St Leger entry

Thomas Kelly

Published 29/05/2015 | 02:30

Last year’s winner Brown Panther (pictured with jockey Richard Kingscote) and the unbeaten Forgotten Rules are two of the star names among 48 entries for the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 13 (Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)
Last year’s winner Brown Panther (pictured with jockey Richard Kingscote) and the unbeaten Forgotten Rules are two of the star names among 48 entries for the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 13 (Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE)

Last year's winner Brown Panther and the unbeaten Forgotten Rules are two of the star names among 48 entries for the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 13.

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The Tom Dascombe-trained Brown Panther kicked off the new campaign with a terrific triumph in Dubai and was only narrowly denied by Snow Sky on his return to European action in the Yorkshire Cup earlier this month.

Snow Sky is also among the 13 potential British challengers, as is his stable companion Gospel Choir, Marco Botti's Tac De Boistron and Ed Dunlop's globetrotter Red Cadeaux.

Forgotten Rules is one of seven entries for Dermot Weld as the master of Rosewell House bids to win the Irish Leger for an eighth time. The Ascot Gold Cup favourite is joined by the likes of Windsor Park, Good Tradition and Vintage Nouveau.

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 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and the rapidly improving Curvy, trained by David Wachman.

Meanwhile, Telescope is on course to put up a strong bid to repeat last year's victory in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Michael Stoute-trained entire took the Group Two prize by a staggering seven lengths last summer before going on to being placed in both the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International.

Fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf, he got off the mark for this campaign with a six-length rout in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury. "Fingers crossed it's back to the Hardwicke. He's going on to the tried and tested plan from last year," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Highclere.

"We hope he's going to have a proper exciting campaign, which hopefully will mean a Group One victory at some point."

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