Sapphire connections ponder Irish Leger bid

A decision on whether Sapphire takes up her entry in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St. Leger at the Curragh on Saturday will not be made until later in the week.

Dermot Weld’s four-year-old has been in tremendous heart this season, with her only defeat in three races coming at the hands of the top-class Izzi Top in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes.

Her reverse came over 10 furlongs but were she to run this weekend, she would be attempting the one-mile-six-furlong trip for the first time.

She is owned by Moyglare Stud and their racing manager, Stan Cosgrave, said: “I don’t know if she runs or not yet.

“Dermot will decide but he won’t make up his mind until later in the week.

“We’ll see what else runs and what the ground is like.”

The ground will also be the deciding factor for Steps To Freedom.

Jessica Harrington’s dual purpose performer ran a fine race under a big weight in the Ebor last time out and would be stepping up to Group One company for the first time.

“It depends purely on the ground,” said Harrington.

“It dried up but more rain is due.”

lMick Channon’s Cay Verde ran out an easy winner of the Group Three Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly yesterday.

Martin Harley had an armchair ride on the son of Bahamian Bounty, who quickened clear in the final furlong to win by four and a half lengths from another British raider, Baileys Jubilee.

Mark Johnston’s filly was in turn four lengths ahead of the third home, Aksil, while Roger Varian’s Morawij was a non-runner.

There was no luck for the cross-Channel challengers in the Prix d’Aumale, as Peace Burg just touched off Single in the other Group Three race on the card.

Indigo Lady, trained in Newmarket by Peter Chapple-Hyam, made a bold bid to make all the running in this mile test, but had to settle for third spot.

The finish was fought out by two unbeaten fillies with Peace Burg getting the nod under Ioritz Mendizabal.

lTom Bellamy was hit with a seven-day ban at Worcester yesterday after using his whip in a ‘Hands And Heels’ race.

The conditional rider is stood down from September 25-29 and on October 1 and 2 after partnering even-money favourite Local Present to a neck victory in division one of the Mirror Punters Club “Hands And Heels” Handicap Chase.

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