Irish St Leger runner-by-runner guide to Sunday’s 4.40 at the Curragh

Can Search For A Song make it three-in-a-row?

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Aircraft Carrier

Trainer: Luke Comer Jockey: G. F. Carroll Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs

Useful sort but he’s unlikely to feature in this.

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Amhran Na Bhfiann

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.

Barbados

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.

Baron Samedi

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.

Emperor Of The Sun

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.

Master Of Reality

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.

Sonnyboyliston

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.

Twilight Payment

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.

Barrington Court

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.

Passion

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.

Search For A Song

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.

Carlisle Bay

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.

King Of The Castle

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.

Seattle Creek

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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