More glory on the cards for Fame

TRUST Fame And Glory to leave a disappointing effort last time well behind in this afternoon’s Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh.

The five-year-old warmed up for this test in a Listed event at headquarters three weeks ago and went under to a shock neck defeat behind Fictional Account.

He went off a 1-3 shot, but was uneasy in the market and chances are the son of Montjeu was far from fired up for what was a relatively minor contest.

Prior to that we saw a different Fame And Glory when landing the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, which followed on a couple of below-par efforts in other modest races.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt is a class act, having taken a Coronation Cup at Epsom, finished second in the Epsom Derby to Workfore, won the Irish Derby by a big margin and was twice far from disgraced in the Arc at Longchamp.

Jukebox Jury and Duncan are clearly two worthy opponents, but simply do not have the form in the book which Fame And Glory brings to the table.

Jeremy Noseda’s Talwar, who was supplemented earlier in the week, gets the vote in a particularly tricky looking Group 1 Goffs’ National Stakes.

He is now unbeaten in three races and was especially impressive when bolting in by five lengths on soft ground at Sandown on his latest appearance.

Much interest will obviously centre on Sea The Stars’ half-brother, Born To Sea, who makes his debut in the Irish Field Blenheim Stakes.

Trainer, John Oxx, however, is on record as saying his charge will not be knocked about and a watching brief looks the best policy.

The nod falls on Crusade, successful in a modest maiden on this track, who has a bit to find, but has plenty of scope for improvement.

The hopeful nap vote falls on Dimona, beaten by Zaralabad at Killarney on an unsuitably quick surface, who will relish the conditions in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF September Handicap.

At the Curragh tomorrow row in with Jessica Harrington’s rapidly improving Bible Belt in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes. She goes from strength to strength, will be at home on the ground and enjoyed far from a clear passage, before storming to victory in a Group 3 on this track last time.

Harrington can also supply the answer to the Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes with Princess Sinead. She appears to be best suited by cut in the ground as well and the lively surface was against her when fifth to Maybe in the Moyglare Stud Stakes here.

At Listowel tomorrow Salute Him, who hasn’t jumped a flight in public since winning at this meeting a year ago, but is fit from the flat, could give Ruby Walsh a dream return to the saddle in the Kerrymaid Hurdle.

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