TWILIGHT PAYMENT (4.40) can give Joseph O’Brien a special St Leger double at the Curragh on Sunday. Some 24 hours after Galileo Chrome’s heroics at Doncaster, Twilight Payment is fancied to scoop the Irish equivalent.
Ebor Handicap winner Fujaira Prince is pitched into the deep end and may find one or two of the home guard too hot to handle. Last year’s winner Search For A Song hasn’t been at his very best so far this summer and preference is for Twilight Payment and Sovereign.
Twilight Payment is chasing a hat-trick on the back of two course and distance success in June and July, storming eight lengths clear on his last start. Barbados and Sovereign filled the places behind Twilight Payment in the Vintage Crop Stakes, and Sovereign went on to split Enable and Japan in the three-runner King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Newmarket winner Master Of The Seas represents Charlie Appleby in the Group 1 National Stakes over seven furlongs but LUCKY VEGA (4.10) can keep the prize on home soil.
Jessica Harrington’s colt was edged out by 66-1 outsider Laws Of Indices over six furlongs here in July but overturned that form when thumping The Lir Jet by more than three lengths on a return visit to the Curragh last month.
Battleground, winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, is another formidable opponent in a cracking contest. Aidan O’Brien fields three other runners and maiden winner St Mark’s Basilica is open to improvement.
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