Racing: Super Vin out for a quick win.
TRIPLE Irish St Leger winner Vinnie Roe kicks off his campaign in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on Wednesday evening.
Dermot Weld's six-year-old won this mile and three-quarter Listed race two years ago when he was being targeted, as he is this time, at the Ascot Gold Cup.
Weld said yesterday: "Vinnie Roe definitely starts off on Wednesday and he is in good form."
Pat Smullen's mount was only narrowly beaten by Royal Rebel in the 2002 Ascot marathon and he should be hard to beat at the Royal meeting. He should also be hard to beat on Wednesday too and he is sure to start favourite.
But that makes the stats against him because no favourite has been successful in this race since the John Oxx-trained Enzeli won it en route to his Ascot Gold Cup triumph five years ago.
The same horse started hot favourite for the Saval Beg 12 months later, but he was beaten by Royal Rebel and began a sorry record of market leaders in this race.
However, Weld has a good record in it and has been successful four times in the past 12 years including with his Melbourne Cup hero Vintage Crop in 1994. This is Vinnie Roe's first outing since he finished fourth in the French St Leger last autumn.
That was just about the only disappointing run of his career. He had won the race as a three-year-old.
Only eight others have been entered for the Leopardstown race.
John Oxx is likely to be represented by recent Wexford winner Darabanka and The Last Hurrah who sprang a 20-1 surprise over the course last month. Neither is in the same league as Vinnie Roe.
HOPING FOR A FLYER: Vinnie Roe; SMULLEN
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 23, 2004|
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