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Weld sees Purpose in Leger

SENSE OF PURPOSE provided Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen with a third consecutive Ballyroan Stakes win at Leopardstown.

Smullen was in exceptional form in this Group Three affair, making every yard of the running aboard the Galileo filly.

In doing so, she confirmed her superiority over Bob Le Beau, who had finished second to Sense Of Purpose (6/1) in a Listed heat at this track in July.

Bob Le Beau this time finished third as Marksmanship, the 7/4 favourite, came fast and late to occupy the runner-up berth, half a length adrift of the accomplished winner.

Weld, who had been successful in the Ballyroan in the last two seasons with Profound Beauty, now has the option of heading to the Betfred Ebor at York, for which Sense Of Purpose was cut from 16/1 into 12s by Paddy Power.

Mount Athos, who is also entered in the Ebor, finished fourth under Jamie Spencer.

Weld, however, offered no indication that the Ebor is on Sense Of Purpose's radar.

He said: “This is such a courageous filly.

“If you could parcel her courage into all racehorses, you'd have a superstar. It was also a wonderful ride from Pat.

“ The Irish Leger is a definite possibility, but we'll see what is likely to be in the race. The Park Hill at Doncaster may also be an option.

“The Melbourne Cup is a possibility, but next year.”