Orange to swerve Irish Leger

Big Orange is set to swerve the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh.

Big Orange: Will miss Irish St Leger

The Michael Bell-trained five-year-old has shone on his last two starts, winning the Princess of Wales's Stakes for the second successive season at Newmarket before defending his crown in the Goodwood Cup.

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Owned by Bill Gredley and his son, Tim, Big Orange went on to finish a fine fifth in the Melbourne Cup last season, and another trip to the 'race that stops a nation' is in the equation, subject to the Australian handicapper's verdict and further discussions with connections.

Bell said: "The horse is healthy and well, but we probably won't be going to Ireland, although no firm decision has been made yet.

"I've got to talk again to Mr Gredley, but we are looking at saving our powder. We are keen to go (to Australia) and we are waiting to see what weight he is given before loading the cannon.

"But Mr Gredley will make the final call."

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