Panther primed for Irish Leger
Trainer Tom Dascombe reports Brown Panther in top shape ahead of the Gain Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday week.
Should all go well in Ireland, then the five-year-old entire will be prepared for the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.
Brown Panther, who was a close third in the Curragh Group One last September, gave his breeder and co-owner Michael Owen a big day when winning the Goodwood Cup on his latest start.
The form of that Group Two contest was given a boost when the runner-up Ahzeemah defeated Ascot Gold Cup second Simenon to lift the Lonsdale Cup at York last month.
"He's in good shape, we're very happy with him. Everything has gone according to plan and we're aiming to run him on Sunday week at the Curragh," said Cheshire-based Dascombe.
"He went close last year and I think this year could be a stronger race, possibly.
"I felt the race at York franked the form really well and there's a little bit of Gold Cup form tied up in that as well. We were very happy with that result.
"The Irish Leger and the Melbourne Cup are the two races we are aiming him at.
"We've also given him an entry in the Long Distance Cup at the Champions Day meeting (Ascot, October 19) in case anything goes wrong, but the plan is Ireland and then Melbourne."