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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Leading Light is poised to show his superiority

The organisers of Champions Weekend have done really well in putting the two cards that they have at the Curragh and Leopardstown together and I can see the meeting only going from strength to strength as the years go on and I'm really looking forward to going racing over the two days.

The Curragh will be making a presentation to the top 10 St Leger winners on Sunday afternoon - of which I'm delighted Vintage Crop is one - and I think we will witness a high-class winner of Sunday's renewal of the race in Leading Light (pictured).

When running here in the St Leger Trial, Leading Light was quite dominant with a penalty to give away. It will a very good renewal of the race and there is plenty in it to make it quite enjoyable and I would say that Leading Light could be the best stayer we have seen since Yeats.

The only shame is that it would have been nice if we had some more broken weather to allow Dermot Weld to run Forgotten Rules and Pale Mimosa, which would have added plenty to the race, but unfortunately that looks unlikely now with the ground set to be good to firm.

Looking ahead to the Moyglare Stud Stakes and you would have to say that Found looked very exciting when making a winning debut for Aidan O'Brien.

I have not seen a two-year-old filly to win this year with that much authority so she is going to be tough to beat. Cursory Glance is a nice marker as she is a solid filly and having finished second only to Tiggy Wiggy she will give form credit to the race.

All the big players look to be here with Richard Hannon and Jim Bogler also, but hopefully Found turns out to be as exciting as she looked.

In the National Stakes I liked Gleneagles at the Curragh as he quickened really well and he's just another very classy son of his sire Galileo who sets the standard.

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