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Profound Beauty looking the part for Irish St Leger

Trainer Dermot Weld will be anxious for good ground for his mare Profound Beauty ahead of today’s Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh today.

The mare failed to handle the soft ground last year and trailed in fourth behind Alandi, but she is reported to be in tip-top shape following her latest success at Leopardstown.

She is having a second crack at the Classic ahead of her arduous trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup.

“She'll run provided it doesn't come up too soft. She ran last year and it was a bog,” said Stan Cosgrove, racing manager for owners the Moyglare Stud.

“She's in smashing form and cantered up this yesterday morning. If we get the ground for her, she'll have a great chance.”

Aidan O'Brien is expecting a big run from his first string, Flying Cross. The lightly-raced colt

made a late start to the campaign with a promising victory at Tipperary two weeks ago.

“We gave him plenty of time. He won his maiden very easily at Navan and has a super pedigree but you try not to go with them all at the same time - you can leave some of them alone for later,” said the Ballydoyle trainer.

“We always had the Legers in mind and it was great to get a run into him. The Tipperary race came along, he ran there and won nicely.”

Charlie Swan is hoping the exertions of winning three times in the space of a month recently will not take its toll on the progressive Rajik, who was supplemented at a cost of €24,000 on Monday.

Tactic has a two-length defeat of Profound Beauty to his credit over the course and distance in June, but he too would not appreciate soft going.

Aidan O'Brien dominates the line-up for the boylesports.com Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, with Zoffany leading a four-strong assault. The Dansili colt has bounced back from Royal Ascot disappointment by claiming Listed and Group Three events at Leopardstown before striking at the highest level in the Phoenix Stakes last time.

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