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Trainer: Luke Comer Jockey: G. F. Carroll Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Useful sort but he’s unlikely to feature in this.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: C. T. Keane Age: 4 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Smart colt. C&D winner. Latest win here in June. 22½ lengths eighth of 9 to Twilight Payment in Irish St Leger Trial at this C&D (good, 12/1) 30 days ago. Hard to fancy.
Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: Shane Foley Age: 5 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Useful gelding. Fifteen runs since last win in 2019. 4/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, below form second of 7 in minor event at Killarney (16.8f, good) 24 days ago. Doesn’t make much appeal.
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: D. B. McMonagle Age: 4 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Smart gelding who completed a remarkable seven-timer in Group 2 at Belmont in June. Good fifth in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at Saint-Cloud (12f) 70 days ago and doesn’t look out of place in this.
Trainer: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien Jockey: G. M. Ryan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Gained a deserved second success, and a first at listed level, at Leopardstown in May. Not disgraced in good company since and another bold showing is on the cards.
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: S. M. Crosse Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Smart gelding who got right back on track when making all in a listed race at Down Royal 51 days ago but is a touch short of the standard required for this.
Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: Ben Martin Coen Age: 4 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Likeable type who took his form to a new level when just getting up in the Ebor at York 22 days ago. May be even more to come, so he boasts excellent claims having his first try at this level.
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: Declan McDonogh Age: 8 Weight: 9st 11lbs
Melbourne Cup hero who got his career right back on track when landing the trial for this over C&D a month ago. Looks sure to put up another solid showing.
Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: William James Lee Age: 7 Weight: 9st 8lbs
Useful hurdler who thrived when switched to the level last summer, signing off with 2 listed wins at Naas over 11.8f. Recent fourth in the trial for this was creditable, but she has a bit to find.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs
Smart 14f winner in 2020 who looked rusty after 8 months off when third in Curragh Cup over C&D June. She should step forward now and booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye.
Trainer: D. K. Weld Jockey: Oisin James Orr Age: 5 Weight: 9st 8lbs
Very smart mare who landed this for the second time last year and, while not quite in top form on either start this term, she had an excuse last time. Sure to have been primed for this.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Thrice-raced winner. Cheekpieces on for 1st time, well-beaten last of 6 to Third Realm in listed Derby Trial at Lingfield (11.6f, soft, 7/1). Off 127 days. Has a lot on his plate here.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Seamie Heffernan Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Useful colt. Winner at Limerick in July. 7/1, good sixth of 22 in handicap at York (13.8f, good to firm) 22 days ago. Well up against it in this grade.
Trainer: Luke Comer Jockey: C. D. Hayes Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Once-raced maiden. Fourth of 18 in maiden (80/1) at Leopardstown (12f, good) on debut. Off 126 days. No chance in this sort of grade.
Timeform’s Irish St Leger Verdict: A fiercely competitive St Leger in which the narrow vote goes to SONNYBOYLISTON, who is less exposed than most and arrives on the back of an improved showing when winning the Ebor. Twilight Payment is expected to go well having landed the trial, while Search For A Song, successful in this the last 2 years, is unlikely to be far away in her hat-trick bid.
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