Simple Verse Reinstated As St Leger Winner

Horse 5Aidan O’Brien’s “Bondi Beach” has had his victory in the Ladbrokes St Leger overturned. The colt was awarded the win after a stewards inquiry after the race had demoted “Simple Verse” to second place after the pair had been involved in two incidents of interference in the closing stages. However, “Simple Verse” trainer Ralph Beckett has today successfully appealed against the filly’s disqualification at Doncaster and the three-year-old has been restored to first place. Tralee native Michael O’Callaghan, one of the youngest trainers in Ireland, looks to have a star on his hands in today’s Naas winner Blue De Vega. Despite drifing in the market to 7-2, the Emmet McNamara-trained steed routed his foes in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden. Running in the colours of the winning trainer, who is based at the Curragh, Blue De Vega scored without breaking a sweat at the chief expense of Tribal Beat by four lengths and three quarters. He is set to run at Leopardstown before the year is out.

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