Comer Group International Irish St Leger
|Grade 1, Curragh
1m 6f, Class 1
|Sunday 10th September 2017|
The Comer Group International Irish St Leger at The Curragh is the feature event at the Curragh on Sunday, September 10 and can boast an initial entry of 67 horses, an increase of 15 on last year.
Wicklow Brave, ridden by Frankie Dettori, win the Palmerstown House Estate
Irish St Leger from Order of St George
The Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave readily accounted for Aidan O'Brien’s Order Of St George in this race last year and the pair head the entries for the final classic of the season, a race worth €500,000 for the first time. Mullins has also entered Max Dynamite, runner-up in the Melbourne Cup in 2015.
Other notable Irish entries include Ballydoyle’s Idaho, Capri, Venice Beach, Yucatan and Douglas Macarthur while Torcedor, unbeaten in two starts since joining Jessica Harrington, Jim Bolger’s Twilight Payment and the John Oxx-trained Naughty Or Nice also catch the eye.
Iraklion, fourth in the Group 2 Comer Group International Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten last month, has been entered by German trainer Christian Sprengel while the Andre Fabre-trained Waldgeist, successful in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud last October, could carry the hopes of France.
There is a strong British representation of 28 entries which compares favourably to 16 last year and 13 in 2015. Dartmouth edged out Simple Verse to win the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup last month and both could represent Sir Michael Stoute and Ralph Beckett. Big Orange, trained by Michael Bell, was a good winner of the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown early last week while the progressive Frontiersman has been entered by Charlie Appleby. Harbour Law, last season’s Doncaster St Leger winner, could yet represent Laura Mongan.
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said, “It is hugely encouraging that the entries the both the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the Comer Group International Irish St Leger have once again shown an increase on the previous year. It is a mark of how far Longines Irish Champions Weekend has come in a short space of time and we are committed to further growing the event as it cements its important position on the international racing calendar.”
Comer Group International Irish St. Leger
€500,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 6f
FIRST FORFEIT: 28-JUN-17
SECOND FORFEIT: 02-AUG-17
SECOND ENTRY: 02-AUG-17
THIRD FORFEIT: 05-SEP-17
SUPPLEMENTARY ENTRY: 05-SEP-17