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Fame heads 18 entries for Irish St Leger

FAME AND GLORY looks likely to head the Ballydoyle challenge for a possible St Leger double on Saturday as he features among 18 in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh.

JUST six of the 18 are three-year-olds and only three overseas entries were confirmed for the 1m6f Classic which, unlike the English version, is not restricted to three-year-olds only.

Bookmakers Paddy Power are the only firm to as yet price up the Irish St Leger and they make Fame And Glory their 11/4 favourite to bounce back to winning ways after finishing down the field at Royal Ascot.

Tom Dascombe's Brown Panther, owned partly by footballer Michael Owen, is next best in the betting, while John Gosden's Aiken is a 6/1 shot.

St Leger Trial winner Ursa Major is a 12/1 shot but a possible candidate for Doncaster instead, while Dermot Weld's filly Sapphire is also prominent.

There were also 18 acceptors for the Vincent O'Brien Stakes in which the battle of Mars and Dawn Approach is on the cards, although Mars is likely to bypass the Group One for his second start, in favour of the Beresford Stakes according to O'Brien yesterday.

Joseph O'Brien, who will fly back from the melting pot that will be Doncaster on Saturday, is likely to be aboard Cristoforo Colombo in the two-year-old heat for which O'Brien has seven possible candidates.