09/15/2006 11:00PM

Kastoria upsets odds-on Yeats


Kastoria ran down the 2-7 favorite Yeats inside the final furlong of the 1 3/4-mile Irish St. Leger at the Curragh on Saturday and may have earned herself a trip to Woodbine for the Canadian International in the process.

Coming off impressive victories in both the 2 1/2-mile Ascot Gold Cup and the two-mile Goodwood Cup, Yeats looked like death and taxes in the Group 1, $380,000 Irish Leger despite its shorter distance. As in his previous two victories, Yeats was put on the lead by Kieren Fallon five furlongs from home, but could not withstand the challenge of Michael Kinane and Kastoria, who prevailed by a half-length with The Whistling Teal 10 lengths farther back in third. Sent off at 6-1, Kastoria, a 5-year-old daughter of Selkirk, covered the distance in 3:01.30.

Owned by the Aga Khan, Kastoria had won her last two starts as well, having taken the Group 3 Curragh Cup over the St. Leger course and distance on July 1 and the listed 1 1/2-mile Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown on Aug. 20. After Saturday's race, her trainer, John Oxx, hinted strongly that he would like to send Kastoria to Woodbine for the 1 1/2-mile Canadian International on Oct. 23. Yeats, meanwhile, is being considered by Aidan O'Brien for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup Handicap on Nov. 7, when he would be saddled with high weight of 130 pounds.