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Collier Hill Wins Gr1 Irish St Leger

Monday, 19th September 2005

English 7YO gelded stayer & Melbourne Cup entrant Collier Hill (Dr Devious-Polar Queen, by Polish Precedent) "thwarted the history-making attempt by Vinnie Roe to land 5 consecutive runnings" with victory in Ireland's Û300,000 (A$480,000) Gr1 Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at The Curragh, reported thoroughbredinternet.com. Collier Hill (ridden by Dean McKeown for trainer Alan Swinbank) defeated 9YO gelding The Whistling Teal (Rudimentary-Lonely Shore, by Blakeney) & gallant fellow 7YO Vinnie Roe (Definite Article-Kayu, by Tap On Wood). Vinnie Roe (2nd in last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup & 4th in 2002) took the lead 3 furlongs from the finish, but was run down in the final half-furlong by Collier Hill & The Whistling Teal. Collier Hill now has 10 wins (also including victories in Dubai, Germany & Sweden) in 31 starts; he won a German Gr2 at Koln on May 1 & most recently finished runner-up in a German Gr1 at Dusseldorf. After the race, the trainers of both Collier Hill (Alan Swinbank) & Vinnie Roe (Dermot Weld) confirmed they are aiming at the $5 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup on November 1.

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