Lermontov the only withdrawal from St Leger

Lermontov was the only withdrawal yesterday when the final declarations were made for the St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Air Marshall, winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, remains favourite. Stoute will also be represented by Dalampour, third to Air Marshall at York.

Lermontov was the only withdrawal yesterday when the final declarations were made for the St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Air Marshall, winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, remains favourite. Stoute will also be represented by Dalampour, third to Air Marshall at York.

Other fancies are John Dunlop's Millenary, who beat Air Marshall in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, John Gosden's Savoire Vivre and Michael Jarvis's Marienbard, second to Air Marshall at York. Littlepacepaddocks is the only filly in the race. Ireland will be represented by Rostropovich, Media Puzzle and the supplemented Chimes At Midnight.

Giant's Causeway was yesterday given the go-ahead to run in tomorrow's Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The "Iron Horse", winner of the the Eclipse, Sussex and International Stakes on his last three starts, was among seven left in the Group One contest. Aidan O'Brien, Giant's Causeway's trainer, also runs Apollo Victoria and Manhattan. Giant's Causeway deputises for his owners' Montjeu who runs in the Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday.

O'Brien said: "The horse did a nice canter and he's well. He is heavier than ever but that's the way it's been with him since he started to improve." Giant's Causeway's dangers appear to be Best Of The Bests, winner of the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville, and Greek Dance, who won the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich last time. Germany will be represented by Sumitas, second to Greek Dance in Munich and to Dubai Millennium in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. The French trainer André Fabre runs Indian Danehill, who beat Greek Dance in the Prix Ganay earlier in the season. The going at Leopardstown is good.

IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Leopardstown tomorrow) : Ladbrokes: 8-11 Giant's Causeway, 4-1 Best Of The Bests, 5-1 Indian Danehill, 6-1 Greek Dance, 12-1 Sumitas, 66-1 Apollo Victoria, 100-1 Manhattan.

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