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Irish St Leger preferred over Ebor for Yellowstone.

YELLOWSTONE, who was as short as 12-1 with Coral for the Totesport Ebor on August 20 after his win at York this month, looks set to bypass the race in favour of the following month's Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh.

Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, who won the Ebor with 100-1 chance Mudawin two years ago, said yesterday: "The long-term goal for Yellowstone is the Melbourne Cup. We will probably swerve the Ebor in favour of the Irish St Leger, because if he was to win the Ebor he would be extremely high in the weights, which would compromise his chances in Melbourne."

The pounds 210,000 York contest has attracted an entry of 102 possibles, with the Gary Moore-trained Mourilyan, a two-time winner for John Oxx in Dubai over the winter, allotted top weight of 9st 13lb, which equates to an official rating of 113.

Luca Cumani's Old Newton Cup winner Mad Rush has 9st 11lb, 1lb more than Yellowstone, with the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty (9st 8lb) next on the list.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2008
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