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September 08, 2011

Fame and Glory faces strong British challenge in Irish St Leger

curragh-logo 6 runners to line up in The Irish Field St Leger this Saturday

This year’s Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame and Glory heads the six runners for The Irish Field St Leger taking place at the Curragh tomorrow. The British trained trio of Duncan, Red Cadeaux and Jukebox Jury are all set to make the journey across the Irish Sea.  Other Irish trained contenders are The Irish Field St Leger Trial Stakes winner Fictional Account and Waydownsouth

The “Super Saturday” program also features the Goffs National Stakes and this Group 1 contest has attracted nine runners including leading Irish trained 2 year olds Dragon Pulse, Power and Tough as Nails, while they will be face stiff opposition from the impressive British challenger Talwar, who has won three of his four career starts for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

Twenty Seven of Ireland’s top riders compete in the ultra competitive Curragh Amateur Derby, while Born to Sea, a close relative of world champion Sea The Stars makes his eagerly awaited debut in The Irish Field Blenheim Stakes.


Saturday’s top class programme features a major Australian theme to promote The Irish Field St Leger as Europe’s premier trial race for the Emirates Melbourne Cup. The iconic Melbourne Cup will be brought over from Australia to be displayed on the day, while Vintage Crop and Bruce Davis, Australian Ambassador to Ireland, will be guests of honour, a special Australian wine promotion featuring the world famous Wakefield Wines will take place, while there will be free entry for Australian citizens and the chance for one lucky race goer to win a trip of a lifetime to the Melbourne Cup.   Members of the Irish Australian Rules Football team who recently won the Men’s and Women’s Australian Rules Football Leagues International Cups will also be in attendance. 


Irish tennis star Conor Niland will be one of the judges for the Bollinger Best Hat competition in association with the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort.


Banimpire and Bible Belt clash in Sunday’s Blandford Stakes while last year’s winner Eleanora Duse will attempt to win the Group 2 contest for the second successive year for British based trainer Sir Michael Stoute.


The Roger Charlton trained Cityscape is one of eight runners in the Woodies DIY Supporting Irish Autism Solonaway Stakes also taking place on Sunday, while Princess Sinead, Lady Wingshot and Yellow Rosebud are among the eight fillies lining up for the Flame of Tara Stakes.


The Charles O’Brien trained Bewitched features among the 10 runners for the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes where opposition includes Arctic, Empowering, Rose Bonheur and the British trained Definightly.


Sunday’s card, which has have a family race day theme, also includes the listed Flame Of Tara Stake with Lady Wingshot, Princess Sinead and Yellow Rosebud among the eight fillies in the line up.


Admission Tickets available at the turnstiles  Sat: €20, Under 25s and Seniors €10;  Sun: €15, Under 25s & Seniors €8, Children free on both days