With an exciting weekend of St Ledger action across the UK & Ireland, it spells the beginning of the end for the flat season. Leading Light was a hot favourite In Ireland, coming off the back of impressive success in the St Ledger trial & Ascot Gold Cup. Perhaps an off weekend for O'Brien as one of the field proving too good, in the form of Brown Panther. The seven year old, owned by Michael Owen won in spectacular fashion. After following pace setter, Eye Of The Storm to a fair distance from the rest of the field, Kingscote took Brown Panther on to win with Six & a half lengths to the good. This impressive performance marked the first group one success for Brown Panther.
The English St Ledger was headed by Kingston Hill. Quite a weak favourite, available at 9/2 at one point late morning. Closer to the off Kingston Hill's price soon began to shorten before going off at a solid 9/4. Granddukeoftuscany made the running at a steady pace until the closing stages where the race began to unfold. Snow Sky & Kingston Hill challenged from outside, but Snow Sky couldn't really see out the trip. Kingston Hill surged on to challenge Romsdal & score by just over a length to mark Rodger Varian's first classic success.
last year's Ark winner Treve set out at Longchamp to get her credentials back in check. Treve went off at an unreasonable 4/5 & only managed to finish fourth behind 22/1 shot, Baltic Baroness. Another week passes & another shake to the Ark. German Derby winner, Sea The Moon is ruled out & misses the rest of the season with injury. With Treve beat & looking a shadow of her former self, the main movers over the weekend were Kingston Hill from 12's into 10's & Ruler Of The World, 16's into 14's. After losing his mount on last year's Ark winner, Frankie Dettori wasted no time wallowing, & guided the O'Brien trained four year old to victory at Longchamp seeing off Fabre's Flintshire by 1 & 1/2 lengths.