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Brown Panther 15.09.12

Brown Panther: temperature has put Irish St Leger hope off his food

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Brown Panther's Irish St Leger bid in doubt

BROWN PANTHER is a major doubt for Sunday's Gain Irish St Leger at the Curragh after developing a temperature.

Michael Owen, owner of the Tom Dascombe-trained star, tweeted: "Desperate news. Just got off the phone to Tom Dascombe who informs me that Brown Panther has a temperature and hasn't eaten anything today.

"Tom and our vets will monitor him in the next few hours but his participation in Sunday's Irish St Leger looks in doubt."

The 2011 Royal Ascot winner is unbeaten this year having followed up success at Pontefract with victory in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup.

After his Glorious meeting win, connections pinpointed the Irish St Leger and the Emirates Melbourne Cup as end-of-season targets for the tough stayer.

Five milliemtres of rain fell at the Curragh between 8am and 5pm on Thursday, according to racecourse manager Paul Hensey.

He said: "The round course was good to firm this morning, while it was good in the straight. We'll walk the track again in the morning and see what effect, if any, the rain has had.

"The forecast is for dry weather tomorrow and on Saturday while there is a risk of rain on Sunday morning."

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