Fame And Glory can rediscover best form in Irish Leger

Fame And Glory gets the vote in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger at the Curragh this evening.

A major flop on soft ground in the contest a year ago, the six-year-old certainly has a bit to prove at this stage.

He also has to leave behind a below-par effort in the Ascot Gold last time, failing to justify warm favouritism.

The selection travelled really well for most of that two and a half miles, but didn’t pick up at all in the straight and could only manage a disappointing seventh behind Colour Vision.

In the past, however, Fame And Glory has bounced back from poor efforts and as well as that his trainer, Aidan O’Brien, is a past-master at getting top-class horses to rediscover their best form.

There is also the rather important consideration that Fame And Glory is undoubtedly the best horse in the contest and, although by Montjeu, has always looked happiest on a decent surface.

Hopefully, the market will speak in his favour and the more the ground dries out the more confident one would become.

Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach is the nap choice in the other Group 1 on the programme, the Goffs’ Vincent O’Brien Stakes.

He is unbeaten in four races and been given kid-glove treatment since taking the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

That contest has been working out quite nicely, the fourth Sire Prancealot won at Doncaster yesterday, and Dawn Approach is taken to again beat Cristoforo Colombo, who was third in the Coventry.

Ruby Walsh returns to action at Listowel tomorrow and can make the perfect start by guiding Rattan to victory in the Kerrymaid Hurdle.

Third to Baily Green and Domination in a competitive Killarney handicap on his latest appearance, the ground won’t be ideal for Rattan, but he has plenty in hand of the opposition.

Noel Meade’s Top Man Michael gets the nap in the Kerry Ingredients And Flavours three-year-old Hurdle.

A useful sort on the level, he created a favourable impression first time over jumps when easily beating Everything Zain at Roscommon.

Castle Wings is surely the best horse in the Cheestrings Beginners Chase, but is coming back off a long break and making his debut over fences, so is reluctantly passed over.

The nod falls on the race-fit Cavita Beta, who made a decent start to this game when runner-up behind Ballyadam Brook at Killarney.

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