John Oxx might run Mouramara in addition to Katiykha while Aidan O'Brien will choose from Chiang Mai, Lermontov
And wily George Duffield brought Aristotle with a storming late run to cut down stablemate Lermontov
plus long-time leader Ekraar and lift the pounds 107,000 prize.
Paul Scallan, second in the mile contest on Lermontov
in 1999, rides Mikado, easy winner of a Listowel maiden last month.
Withdrawn yesterday were Montjeu and stable companion Stop By, Golden Snake, Ekraar and both Dermot Weld's Muakaad and the Aidan O'Brien trained Lermontov
, which are due to clash in tomorrow's Palmers Golden Ball Foxrock Stakes, a listed race over the 'Champion' trip of ten furlongs.
AIDAN O'Brien continued his demolition job on Irish two-year-old races when LERMONTOV
finished a short head in front of stable-mate Barrier Reef in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at The Curragh yesterday.
In the opening pages of the novel he grandly proclaims his intention to be a poet -- not just any poet, but a Lermontov
of the twentieth century who will write powerful verse that will shake a decaying world to its foundations.
Aidan O'Brien confirmed yesterday that Giant's Causeway will have a "nice canter" this morning as a final preparation for Saturday's race in which he will be accompanied by one stable companion, Lermontov
being re-routed to a Listed race on Saturday's card.
Cantor (50-30-20-10): 13-16 Researched, 9-12 Jabaar, 8-11 Champion Lodge, Far Lane, 7-9 Kirovski, Persian Lass, 6-8 Takes Tutu, Bourgainville, 5-7 Solo Flight, Kilkenny Castle, 4-6 Hasty Prince, 3-5 Eastern Breeze, Nadour Al Bahr, 2-4 Broadway Score, Sun Bird, 1-3 Kundooz, Lermontov
, Ionian Spring.
Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has four entered, could rely on Lermontov
which has not been seen in action since last autumn when runner-up to stablemate Aristotle in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Pushkin (whose greatness is not recognized in the West, Thompson notes) and Lermontov
are both guilty of flagrant colonialism: both see the Caucasus as a rightful part of the Russian Empire, and Pushkin takes the side of his tyrant czar against the Polish uprising and glorifies the empire-builder Peter the Great.
EUROPEAN DAYS OF HERITAGE IN BULGARIA [free access to the Regional History Museum (21 Bogorodi Str), Ethnographic Exhibition (69 Slavyanska Str), History Exhibition (31 Lermontov
Str), Natural Science Exhibition (30 Fotinov Str); cultural history routes in Bourgas and the region; concert and presentation of the Bourgas region's culture] September 18-20
cAir Marshall heads William Hills' list for next month's St Leger, they bet: 4 Air Marshall, 5 Savoir Vivre, 11-2 Dalampour, Millenary, 7 Marienbard, 8 Melikah, 14 Lermontov
, Wellbeing, 16 Media Puzzle, 20 Hattab, Littlepacepaddocs, Zafonium, 25 Kuwait Trooper.