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Curragh specialist Peslier given Frontieres ride

Olivier Peslier will ride Sans Frontieres when he steps up to Group One company for the first time in Saturday's Irish Field St Leger.

The Frenchman knows the Curragh well as he has won the Irish 2000 Guineas on three occasions and also claimed the 1995 Derby.

His mount, trained by Jeremy Noseda, found his feet during the summer and won his last two starts in the Princess Of Wales's Stakes and the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.

"Olivier Peslier rides," said Noseda. "I have been delighted with the horse and feel that he is in top order.

"I would be a little concerned if the ground went heavy and therefore he will keep an entry in the Prix Foy at Longchamp.

"The Irish St Leger is the ideal race for him and, if he runs, he will have an outstanding chance."

Richard Hughes has been booked by Noseda to partner Theology in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

The Irish jockey had been in the frame to pick up the spare on Snow Fairy should Ryan Moore be required for Total Command, and he had ridden the English and Irish Oaks winner in Moore's absence in the Yorkshire equivalent.

But Noseda has moved for Hughes on Theology -- 25-1 with the sponsors but bigger elsewhere -- who was second in the Queen's Vase before finishing sixth behind former stablemate Rebel Soldier in the Gordon Stakes.

"Richard Hughes will ride him," Noseda said. "There is no doubt that we have a lot to find in what looks to be a rock-solid Leger. However, I do feel that he is a progressive horse.

"He will handle the cut in the ground and there are definitely reasons to forgive his last run at Goodwood."

Geordieland is to be put away for 2011 after an injury prevented him from tackling any of the major staying prices this year.

His trainer, Jamie Osborne, believes the nine-year-old still retains plenty of ability and is looking to aim him at Royal Ascot's Gold Cup, in which he has been placed three times.

"We were ready for York (Lonsdale Cup) but he picked up an injury 10 days beforehand which meant he couldn't run," Osborne said.

"By the time we got that right there was nothing left for him to run in, so his season is over and it was non-existent. But he was going well enough prior to York, showing no real signs of enormous deterioration.

"His work had been very good, so it's very disappointing for all involved that he wasn't able to run this year, but he could come back next year as a 10-year-old. It's not impossible. If he was a National Hunt horse you wouldn't think twice about it.

"We are going to have another go. I don't think the injury he sustained this year is going to hinder him going forward and, if we get a good clean run with him next year, we'll have another go at the Ascot Gold Cup."

Strawberrydaiquiri could try to go three places better than last year in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket next month.

The grey, owned by Renata Jacobs, stayed on well to take fourth behind Sahpresa last autumn and has gone on to strike at Group Two and Three level this term.

She has occupied fourth spot in two Group Ones since then -- the Falmouth and Nassau Stakes -- and a win at the highest level remains the aim.

"The Sun Chariot is certainly an option for Strawberrydaiquiri as things stand," said the owner's racing manager, Gary Coffey.


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