Diamond on trial at Curragh
Royal Diamond, last year's Irish St Leger hero, lines up at the County Kildare track on Saturday in preparation for the Curragh Classic.
Johnny Murtagh's charge faces just four rivals in the Gain Irish St Leger Trial, but they include the Aidan O'Brien-trained Ernest Hemingway, who defeated him for a second time this season in the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown.
Before that run, Royal Diamond had won at the Dublin course by three and three-quarter lengths from Sir Ector.
The latter is trained in County Armagh by Jimmy Lambe, who would love to map out an adventurous plan for the six-year-old.
"In reality, Royal Diamond got a freebie at Leopardstown when he was almost 20 lengths clear so to get within four lengths of him was a good run even if he was easing down," said Lambe.
"It's a very competitive affair and he's got to improve a bit, but my horse has won an Ulster Derby and was third in Her Majesty's Plate (at Down Royal). He has a good pedigree and is a good servant to the yard.
"If he wins the owners might supplement him for the (Irish) Leger, but his target on the Flat is the Prix du Cadran over two and a half miles on Arc day and he might go back over hurdles depending on the ground."
Dermot Weld has decided to let Voleuse De Coeurs strut her stuff but she has plenty to find after finishing third behind Ernest Hemingway and Royal Diamond in the Curragh Cup at the end of June.
"Voleuse De Coeurs will take her chance in the Group Three, but it looks a good field," said the local trainer.