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Shock defeat for Fame

Fame And Glory suffered a shock reverse behind 14-1 chance Fictional Account in the Irish Field St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was having his first start since claiming the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, and all seemed to be going well as he travelled smoothly enough to take closer order in the straight.

But as Fictional Account took over from long-time leader Saddler's Rock, Fame And Glory, the 1-3 favourite, did not pick up as expected, and while he edged closer he never really looked likely to get there, going down by a neck.

Trainer Vincent Ward said of the Fran Berry-ridden winner: "With my licence you can only train four horses, and they have put me on the map as a small trainer. This mare has won for me at Ascot and has been fantastic.

"It was a good pot, and there is generally a small field for these kind of races, so we had a go. Fran is fantastic lad, all those top jockeys are a fantastic help to you.

"I was a bit apprehensive when she took it up so early with Fame And Glory on her outside, I'd have preferred it the other way round, but you couldn't write the script the way it turned out.

"She only cost 11,500 at the sales in Goffs and we'll celebrate down the local pub tonight.

"We could go to Doncaster for the Leger meeting (Doncaster Cup), it depends on the ground. We might look at the (Irish) St Leger now as well. I don't think the owners would send her to the sales just yet."


From Belfast Telegraph