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  • 17:25 Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes 1m 6f

  • (Group 3) €59,999 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,799
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 58.88s
  • Off time: 17:26:56

Royal Diamond produces St Leger Trial shock at the Curragh

Last Updated: 24/08/13 6:08pm

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Royal Diamond: Gained revenge on old rival Ernest Hemingway at the Curragh

Royal Diamond: Gained revenge on old rival Ernest Hemingway at the Curragh

Royal Diamond upset the favourite backers in the Group Three Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh.

Johnny Murtagh managed to claim two lots of prize money as both trainer and jockey, and it was his silky skills in the saddle that won the day on the 7/2 shot.

Ernest Hemingway was well supported ahead of the race to confirm form with Andrew Tinkler's much travelled seven-year-old, but having been held up off the pace, he was asked to take closer order by Joseph O'Brien inside the final half mile but found far less than anticipated.

Murtagh, who had been allowed to make his own running may have had the measure of his old rival but he faced a persistent challenge from Voleuse De Coeurs deep inside the final furlong but Dermot Weld's filly just couldn't get by as the long time leader gamely rallied to the cause to realise victory by half-a-length.

Royal Diamond will now aim for back-to-back victories in the Irish St Leger itself on September 15.

Winning trainer-jockey Johnny Murtagh said: "He's really come on from the last day. I tried to be a bit clever last time by going quick but not too quick in front.

"He comes good at this time of year. Hopefully in three weeks' time he'll come back here and defend his title.

"He's a wonderful horse for us to have."

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