OLIVIER PESLIER will ride Sans Frontieres when he steps up to Group One company for the first time in Saturday’s Irish Field St Leger.
The Frenchman knows the Curragh well as he has won the Irish 2000 Guineas on three occasions and also claimed the 1995 Derby.
His mount, trained by Jeremy Noseda, found his feet during the summer and won his last two starts in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes and the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.
“I have been delighted with the horse and feel that he is in top order,” said Noseda.
“I would be a little concerned if the ground went heavy and therefore he will keep an entry in the Prix Foy at Longchamp.
“The Irish St Leger is the ideal race for him and if he runs, he will have an outstanding chance.”
Meanwhile, Richard Hughes has been booked by Jeremy Noseda to partner Theology in Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
The Irish jockey had been in the frame to pick up the spare on Snow Fairy should Ryan Moore be required for Total Command and he had ridden the English and Irish Oaks winner in Moore’s absence in the Yorkshire equivalent.
But Noseda has moved for Hughes for Theology – 25-1 with the sponsors but bigger elsewhere – who was second in the Queen’s Vase before finishing sixth behind former stablemate Rebel Soldier in the Gordon Stakes.
“There is no doubt that we have a lot to find in what looks to be a rock-solid Leger, however, I do feel that he is a progressive horse”, said the trainer. “He will handle the cut in the ground and there are definitely reasons to forgive his last run at Goodwood. He is guaranteed to relish the trip.”
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