Irish St. Leger Hero Brown Panther Under Consideration for Breeders’ Cup Turf

by | 09.16.2014 | 12:13pm

A possible tilt at the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf is being considered by the connections of Brown Panther, winner of the Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) on Sunday.

The Racing Post reports that trainer Tom Dascombe has suggested the idea, and that owner-breeder Michael Owen has expressed some interest. However, since a Breeders' Cup try would most likely mean having to skip the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot next month, it still remains likely that the 6-year-old horse by Shirocco would stay in England and run there. Owen is an ambassador for the Qipco Champions Series, which sponsors racing on that day.

Dascombe told the Post, “It's only a thought, and not a commitment, but he's probably run the best race of his life over a mile and a half, beaten only four lengths by Danedream in the King George, and then on Sunday he did what he did over a mile and six on fast ground.

“I'm just thinking out loud and Ascot is where we are headed probably, but we'll have to think about the Breeders' Cup. Why wouldn't you? It would be an alternative to Ascot though, I think, rather than an addition. That would be greedy.”

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