All had gone well with Brown Panther after his win in last month’s Goodwood Cup and I’ve been delighted with him in his build up to Sunday’s Irish St Leger.
However, he had a temperature yesterday morning and the fact that he hasn’t eaten anything means that a tilt at the Curragh is now in serious doubt.
He was third in the race 12 months ago (beaten a head and a short head) and if we don’t run, it’s really disappointing as we’re sending over a more mature horse this time. He’s more adaptable to situations these days and doesn’t have to be dictated to.
As for the ground, that didn’t worry me either as he appears to go on all surfaces. Let’s face it, he’s been involved in the shake-up of three different Group One races and they were run on heavy, good to firm and yielding ground respectively!
Where we go now is all up in the air, but he’s in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot as well as the Melbourne Cup, so our options are open.
As for tomorrow’s Ladbrokes St Leger, we don’t have a runner, but plenty are telling me that Galileo Rock is the one to beat. However, with the Godolphin team in such good order, I certainly wouldn’t rule out any of their runners and they can improve their recent great record in the race.