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Wednesday 18 October 2017

As the Curragh prepares to stage the 100th running of the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger, one famous horse can enjoy some downtime with his legacy secure for many more years to come.

As the Curragh prepares to stage the 100th running of the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger, one famous horse can enjoy some downtime with his legacy secure for many more years to come.

A decade ago this weekend, Vinnie Roe was being prepared for his fourth consecutive victory in the Irish Classic, which opened up to all-aged competition in 1983.

Since then, Vintage Crop, Oscar Schindler and Kayf Tara managed back-to-back victories but nothing close to this stayer of Dermot Weld's.

Vinnie Roe's entire season was based around a couple of events in the autumn, and aside from the Leger, he finished in the frame twice from three attempts in the Melbourne Cup and won 13 times in 29 career starts.

After coming home third in the 2005 Irish Leger, and eighth in Australia, Vinnie Roe was sold by owner Seamus Sheridan to Coolmore, and he remains on the world famous stud's National Hunt roster at Grange Stud in Fermoy, County Cork,

Among his colleagues is another of the race's former winners, Sans Frontieres, who ended his career after landing the 2010 renewal.

Grange Stud's manager Albert Sherwood said: "They're both very well, they've finished covering mares and they're out in the fields relaxing. Next February they'll be back in covering, and it starts all over again.

"Vinnie Roe was very well supported for his first couple of years at stud with some good mares.

"He hasn't been as well supported this year, that's perhaps partly our fault because we've had a couple of younger stallions arriving. His sire, Definite Article, also became a bit less popular himself.

"He's produced horses like Our Vinnie, Party Rock and Claret Cloak. Claret Cloak was placed at Cheltenham and Aintree this year, if he were to have won that might have made all the difference to Vinnie Roe."

Sans Frontieres raced for Jeremy Noseda and also won the Princess Of Wales's Stakes and the Geoffrey Freer.

Sherwood said: "Sans Frontieres' first crop of foals are on the ground, he was very well supported and we're looking forward to him.

"Perhaps he wasn't as successful as Vinnie Roe when they were racing, but there's every chance he could be a more successful stallion. Being a Galileo, he has that pedigree."

While National Hunt sires, even Coolmore's influential Oscar and Flemensfirth, cannot command a fee anywhere near their famous Flat names like Galileo or Fastnet Rock, they are vital additions to an enormous business.

Soon, there could be a further contribution from another of Coolmore's Leger heroes. "There is also Yeats (2007 winner), over at Coolmore," said Sherwood. He's had a few runners on the Flat, but his three and four-year-olds will be starting over jumps this season, so that's something we'll be looking forward to."

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