Irish Field St Leger (Group 1) 1m6f, (2800) 3yo+
Oliver Peslier gave a near perfect demonstration of race reading as he rode Sans Frontieres to a brilliant St Leger victory at the Curragh, calmly bringing his mount from deep before breezing past Profound Beauty close home.
In testament to Peslier's ice-cool style, Profound Beauty (Danehill) looked a certain winner turning into the straight and still appeared the best placed at the furlong pole.
But Peslier was playing a fantastic waiting game and delivered his mount in the dying seconds, barely needing to touch Sans Frontieres as he went by on the outside of Profound Beauty.
It was a popular victory with punters, who had been piling in to the Jeremy Noseda-trained runner all afternoon and backed him in to 13-8 favouritism, while Profound Beauty saw his popularity wash away with the rain which swept the Curragh throughout the afternoon. The Dermot Weld-trained mare returned an SP of 5-2, despite being favourite until the day of the race.
Both the front two could now follow up in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 2.
With neither Noseda or Sir Robert Ogden, Sans Frontieres' owner, present at the Curragh it was left to Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson to comment on the result.
"He didn't like the ground at all, but he did his best bit of work ever last week and I know Jeremy would have thought him a certainty on good ground, but all the rain dampened our enthusiasm.
"We'll now seriously consider the Melbourne Cup as he should get better ground there. He'll definitely stay in training next year."
Peslier added: "The trainer said relax the horse and come late with your run. He didn't like the ground but the horse did it well."
Weld said: "All the rain we had today didn't help us as she doesn't pick up on ground as testing as this. She's still run a good raceand there have been no decisions about Melbourne."
Flying Cross (Sadler's Wells) was third. The margins were 3/4L and 1 3/4L, with the time 3.10.36 on the soft track.
Sans Frontieres is a four-year-old entire by Galileo out of the Shirley Heights mare Lila. He has raced just nine times for four wins and two places,with this win his third in succession.