Sans Frontieres Peaks in Irish St. Leger
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 3:20:40 PM
Last Updated: 9/12/2010 1:38:44 PM
Sans Frontieres swept down the outside of the course and ran out an easy winner of the Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I) at a rain-soaked Curragh Sept. 11.
Under a cool ride by Olivier Peslier, Sans Frontieres was held up towards the back of the field as Lady Lupus set the pace under Joseph O’Brien. She was followed closely by Tactic, as both Rajik and Kite Wood tracked them from third and fourth, respectively. The Dermot Weld-trained mare Profound Beauty sat just behind the leaders in fifth, and looked poised to take the lead whenever asked.
As the field entered the home straight, Lady Lupus clung to a narrow lead as Tactic moved forward to challenge. Profound Beauty eased into third, as Sans Frontieres began making up tremendous ground out in the center of the course.
With a furlong to go, Profound Beauty took over the lead, but Peslier had timed his move perfectly aboard Sans Frontieres, and the pair blew past Profound Beauty in the final yards to post a three-quarters length win.
Flying Cross rallied late to take third, another 1 3/4 lengths behind Profound Beauty. The final time for the 14 furlongs was 3:10.36 over the soft going.
Jeremy Noseda trains Sans Frontieres for owner Sir Robert Ogden. A leading owner on the jump circuit for many years, Ogden has only recently increased his interests on the flat. In addition to the St. Leger winner, Ogden also campaigns the top 2-year-old colt King Torus, who has won three of four starts for trainer Richard Hannon, including the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Eng-II) in July.
Regarding the increase in flat runners, Ogden’s racing manager Barry Simpson said: “Sir Robert tends to be away from Britain for most of the winter, restricting his visits here more or less between April and November; so it clearly makes sense for his horses to race when he can see them do so. It’s a first group I for Sir Robert and I’m thrilled for him and the horse.”
Both Sans Frontieres and Profound Beauty may try their luck in the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) in November.
Sans Frontieres is a 4-year-old colt by Galileo out of Llia, by Shirley Heights. He was bred in Ireland by The Lavington Stud.
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