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Aidan could have Arc Leading Light

Last weekend we witnessed a number of important trials for some very big end of season races and I must say I was suitably impressed with Leading Light winning the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh.

Having his first run since winning the Ascot Gold Cup, he undoubtedly won with a lot in hand and you would certainly have to feel that the manner in which he runs and only does enough means that he is going to prove extremely difficult to beat in the Irish St Leger on Champions Weekend.

Indeed, if Australia does revert back to a mile for a clash with Kingman in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, well then Leading Light could well develop into a leading candidate for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Aidan may target Ruler Of The World at that race also, but if they get a soft track over there the race really could suit Leading Light whose finishing position didn't tell the story of the race last year when he ran in it as a three-year-old.

Gerald Mosse rode him and he just could never get any daylight and he hardly came off the bridle because he got no run so he could be a dark horse for that.

Also in the St Leger Trial I thought Johnny Murtagh's Royal Diamond ran a very nice race and he'll surely be here to battle out the finish with Leading Light next month.

It was a fantastic weekend for my former weighroom colleague Johnny who of course won the Ebor at York with Mutual Regard and there is no doubt that Johnny is proving himself to be very good trainer.

Johnny has turned his hand really well to training and refreshing the older horses he has got and they seem to be settling in to his way of training really well and they seem to enjoy it and it is getting that extra bit of sweetness out of them.

Johnny is eyeing a tilt at the Melbourne Cup now although he might just need another penalty to get into the race and Melbourne was also mentioned for Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa who won Friday's Lonsdale Cup.

It was interesting to hear Pat Smullen's comments about Pale Mimosa immediately after the race and he was certainly thinking it wouldn't be for her as she likes an ease in the ground and in eight out of 10 Melbourne Cup's you are going to have quick ground.

She's in very capable hands though with Dermot and it will be interesting to see what he opts to do.

You also couldn't but be impressed by Sole Power. I have to say for a second watching it would nearly make me miss race riding again and a horse like him would be easy because he doesn't take much pushing!

All joking aside, Richard Hughes is made for him and Eddie Lynam has done a fantastic job.


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