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    Irish St Leger

    Final Decs ...

    (6:05) 251D Gain Horse Feeds Irish St. Leger
    (Group 1) 116,000.00 ( 1m 6f - 3yo+ )[MAX 30]
    1 6 Aiken (GB) (JGosden (in GB)) -JFortune ................... 9,11
    2 8 Brown Panther (GB) (TDascombe (in GB)) - RKingscote..... 9,11
    3 7 Fame And Glory (GB)(118) (APO'Brien) - JPSpencer ................ 9,11
    4 9 Royal Diamond(104) (TCarmody) - ....... 9,11
    5 2 Simenon(107) (WPMullins) - PJSmullen 9,11
    6 3 Steps To Freedom(108) (MrsJHarrington) - KJManning(T) ........... 9,11
    7 5 Shu Lewis (Ms.MDBlake) - SMGorey.... 9,08
    8 4 Hartani(111) (JMOxx) - CPLemaire........ 9,00
    9 1 Massiyn(110) (MHalford) - SFoley(T) ..... 9,00

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    Tommy Carmody, whose recent return to training has been immediately successful, will bid for an audacious Classic double this afternoon.
    While the prolific Ursa Major travels to Doncaster for the English St Leger, stable companion Royal Diamond stays at home for a tilt at the Irish equivalent.

    The latter, a six-year-old, has been in tremendous form all year and he produced his best performance of the season when just touched off by Willing Foe in the Ebor Stakes at York late last month.

    Tim Jones, racing manager to owner Andrew Tinkler, said: "We can stay closer to home and run him over a trip we know he is effective over.

    "We are pitching him into a Group One for the first time, but it is probably the right Group One to be having a look at with a horse like him after his Ebor run.

    "That was a cracking run. He has really built in confidence this year and is in great form.

    "It was lovely to see him prominent all the way and still be in there fighting to the end in the Ebor.

    "He came out of it so well and full of confidence. He seems to be thriving too, so there is no reason not to take our chance and let him run in the Irish Leger."

    Likely favourite will be Aidan O’Brien’s Fame And Glory.

    Although he dropped away tamely when odds-on for the race last year and disappointed when similarly fancied for this year’s Ascot Gold Cup, victories in the 2011 Gold Cup and Long Distance Cup have shown him to be a champion stayer on his day.

    If he can rediscover his best form, he will be very hard to beat.

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    Saturday, September 15, 2012
    Fame And Glory gets the vote in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger at the Curragh this evening.
    A major flop on soft ground in the contest a year ago, the six-year-old certainly has a bit to prove at this stage.

    He also has to leave behind a below-par effort in the Ascot Gold last time, failing to justify warm favouritism.

    The selection travelled really well for most of that two and a half miles, but didn’t pick up at all in the straight and could only manage a disappointing seventh behind Colour Vision.

    In the past, however, Fame And Glory has bounced back from poor efforts and as well as that his trainer, Aidan O’Brien, is a past-master at getting top-class horses to rediscover their best form.

    There is also the rather important consideration that Fame And Glory is undoubtedly the best horse in the contest and, although by Montjeu, has always looked happiest on a decent surface.

    Hopefully, the market will speak in his favour and the more the ground dries out the more confident one would become.

    Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach is the nap choice in the other Group 1 on the programme, the Goffs’ Vincent O’Brien Stakes.

    He is unbeaten in four races and been given kid-glove treatment since taking the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

    That contest has been working out quite nicely, the fourth Sire Prancealot won at Doncaster yesterday, and Dawn Approach is taken to again beat Cristoforo Colombo, who was third in the Coventry.

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