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September 11, 2012

Fame And Glory set for Gain Irish St. Leger, Sept. 15

Curragh Racing Aidan O’Brien will dash back from Doncaster by helicopter to the Curragh to saddle Fame and Glory in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger on Saturday.    Should Camelot land the Triple Crown at Doncaster a few hours earlier, team Ballydoyle can be assured of a rousing reception at the home of the Irish Classics.

Fame and Glory is one of nine runners declared this morning for the final Group 1 Classic race of the Irish flat racing season.   A strong British trained challenge includes this year’s Grand Prix de Chantilly winner Aiken trained by John Gosden and Brown Panther, runner up in the English St Leger last year and owned in partnership by soccer star Michael Owen.

Other notable Irish contenders are the John Oxx trained Hartani who will be ridden by Christophe Lemaire, the Willie Mullins trained Simenon and Massiyn trained by Michael Halford, while Johnny Murtagh, who will partner Usra Major in the English St Leger, will also dash back to the Curragh to ride Royal Diamond in the Irish equivalent.

Dawn Approach is one of the eight runners declared for the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes and Ireland’s top race for 2 year olds will also include the Aidan O’Brien trained trio of Cristoforo Colombo, Flying The Flag and Nevis, while the Mick Channon trained Ayaar is the sole British trained challenger and this son of Rock of Gibraltar has won his last three races.

1st of 8 races is 3pm. 

Admission €20 Under 16s Free.

Free car parking. Trains to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to races. Dublin Coach provide service from Dublin picked up in Naas and Newbridge (see