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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Flag Of Honour and Latrobe skip St Leger for Irish equivalent as 12 line up

Flag Of Honour: staying at home for the Irish St Leger
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Aidan O'Brien's Curragh Cup and Irish St Leger Trial winner Flag Of Honour and his son Joseph's Irish Derby winner Latrobe were the two highest-profile absentees from Saturday's William Hill St Leger Stakes as 12 runners were declared.

O'Brien snr remains strongly represented with five runners, headed by Kew Gardens with Southern France, The Pentagon, Nelson and Zabriskie completing the quintet.

Grand Prix de Paris winner Kew Gardens was on Thursday contesting favouritism with John Gosden's Lah Ti Dar, who was confirmed for the final Classic of the British Flat season on Wednesday.

Flag Of Honour and Latrobe are expected to go for the Irish St Leger 24 hours later at the Curragh, while Brundtland goes to France for the Prix Niel, also on Sunday. Giuseppe Garibaldi is the other entry from the five-day stage who is not in the final field.

Godolphin's Old Persian is joined by his Charlie Appleby-trained stablemate Loxley, despite his weakness in the the betting market on Wednesday leading many to conclude the Grand Prix de Deauville winner would not take part.

Dee Ex Bee, Raymond Tusk, Proschema and Maid Up complete the line-up.


St Leger card and betting

Champagne Stakes card and betting

Park Stakes card and betting


Six have been declared for the Group 2 7f Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes with Godolphin purchase Dark Vision clashing with Solario scorer Too Darn Hot, Acomb winner Phoenix Of Spain, Ballydoyle pair Cardini and Van Beethoven, and Bye Bye Hong Kong.

Nine go to post for the card's other Group 2, the Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes, with Above The Rest, Breton Rock, D'bai, Dutch Connection, Mustashry, Oh This Is Us, Tomyris, Raydiance and Unfortunately all declared.


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Flag Of Honour and Latrobe are expected to go for the Irish St Leger 24 hours later at the Curragh, while Brundtland goes to France for the Prix Niel
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