Leger beckons for Beauty

PROFOUND Beauty will face seven rivals as she bids for a first Group One success in the Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh this weekend.

Dermot Weld’s six-year-old is one of the leading fancies for the Melbourne Cup in November after winning three of her four starts this term.

She faced another possible challenger for the Australian prize as Jeremy Noseda’s Sans Frontieres bids to book his ticket to Flemington Park on his first outing at the highest level.

John Dunlop’s Tactic, who had Profound Beauty back in second in the Curragh Cup earlier this year, takes his chance again, while Godolphin field last year’s Doncaster St Leger runner-up Kite Wood, who will be ridden by Alan Munro for the first time.

Charlie Swan hands Rajik a tough step up in class following his Galway Listed success last time, while Aidan O’Brien sends both Flying Cross and Lady Lupus.

The line-up is completed by ex-Japanese and 2006 Melbourne Cup runner up Pop Rock.

Pop Rock is now with Kildare-based Japanese trainer Takashi Kodama after connections decided to chase a slice of European glory.

Now nine, Pop Rock has also been placed in the Japan Cup in the past and enjoyed a successful entrance to Irish racing by winning at the Galway Festival.

“He did his last piece of work with Mick Kinane on Wednesday morning and Mick was quite happy,” explained Kodama.

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