Connections of Brown Panther have identified the Irish St Leger as an end-of-season target after he made a highly encouraging return to action in claiming the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at Pontefract for the second successive year.
Making his first start since finishing down the field in the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp last October, Tom Dascombe's charge was second best in the market at 11-8 for this mile-and-a-half Listed contest, with last year's Derby runner-up Main Sequence heading the betting at even-money.
Brown Panther moved sweetly on the outside of the six-runner field heading down the back straight under Richard Kingscote and came home three and a half lengths clear of Souviens Toi with Main Sequence, who had run respectably on his first two starts of the campaign, on this occasion disappointing.
David Lanigan's stable star was being ridden before the home turn by Ted Durcan and the response was limited as he faded to finish a well-beaten fourth, though the handler later tweeted that he then scoped dirty, having scoped clean during the week.
Dascombe said: "I'll have to talk to the boys, but there's a possibility he could run at Newmarket (Princess Of Wales's Stakes, July 11) in a couple of weeks. We want to win a Group One race with him this season and the main end-of-season target is likely to be the Irish Leger (the Curragh, September 15)."