09/11/2003 12:00AM

Brian Boru heads St. Leger


Doncaster's $636,000 St. Leger Stakes, first run in the year America declared its independence from Great Britain, has drawn an evenly matched field of 13.

Saturday's 228th running of the 1 3/4-mile, 132-yard Group 1 classic is the third leg of the British Triple Crown but neither Refuse to Bend nor Kris Kin, winners of the first two legs, the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby, is in the lineup.

Brian Boru rates favoritism off a close second to his Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Powerscourt in the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, but Phoenix Reach, winner of the Group 3 Gordon Stakes, and Moments of Joy, a Darshaan filly out of Yorkshire Oaks winner My Emma, are dangerous rivals.

Let Me Try Again, seventh in the Epsom Derby, has picked up support since Frankie Dettori was named to ride, but the most popular winner would be Westmoreland Road. Winner of 3 of his last 4, he will be ridden by the soon-to-retire Pat Eddery, who is seeking his fifth St. Leger triumph.

The 1 3/4-mile Group 1 Irish St. Leger at The Curragh for 3-year-olds and up, can be whittled down to a battle between Great Voltigeur winner Powerscourt and the redoubtable stayer Vinnie Roe, who rates the choice in search of his third straight victory in this $333,000 contest.