The St Leger (Saturday 3.45, Doncaster) is England’s oldest classic having been established in 1776 by its founder Anthony St Leger. It is run over 14-furlongs, and is the final leg of the Triple Crown for both colts and fillies, though no winners of the other English classics line-up this year.
John Gosden has the best recent record having trained 3 winners in the last 9 years, whilst Aidan O’Brien has trained 4 winners overall. No jockey riding in the race has won the race before.
9 Runners are set to line-up for the 2016 St Leger.
A Rare classic runner for his small stable, but won over 14-furlongs before finishing second to Sword Fighting over 2-miles at Royal Ascot. Was then fourth behind House Of Parliament at Newmarket, so will have to improve.
Only victory was in a 9-furlong Goodwood Maiden, but finished just in front of Harbour Law when third behind House Of Parliament. Finished 8-lengths behind Idaho last time and unlikely to reverse the form.
Houses Of Parliament
Holds several of these on form, but was beaten fair and square by Idaho last time in the Voltigeur. Looks likely to stay though, and could take advantage if stablemate Idaho doesn’t.
Deserves to be odds-on after finishing third in the English Derby, and second in the Irish Derby. Impressive in winning the Voltigeur, and only his unproven stamina casts a shadow over his chances.
John Gosden certainly knows how to win the St Leger, and this one could improve on only his sixth run over a trip that looks sure to suit. Already finished in front of House Of Parliament, and deserves to be second favourite.
Second in a Listed Race and a Group-3 on last two runs, but well-beaten by Sword Fighting at Royal Ascot before that. Held by Ventura Storm last time, and hard to see why he’ll reverse those placings.
Won The Queens Vase at Royal Ascot, and looked like going close in the Goodwood Cup. Only looks stable’s third string on jockey bookings though.
The Tartan Spartan
Had only two runs, and was well-beaten behind Sword Fighting in the Queens Vase. Connections look to be tilting at windmills off a mark of 87.
Has come to life recently on soft ground, but was well-beaten in the French Derby earlier in the season, which poses the question of whether he’s up to winning a group-1.
St Leger Summary
Idaho is a standout on form, but he wouldn’t be the first horse to have run well in a Derby that hasn’t seen out the St Leger trip, and at odds-on I’d sooner play each-way. Muntahaa looks the best play against the favourite, as he looks sure to stay, has the second best form in the book, and his trainer John Gosden has an excellent record of winning the race with horses with similar profiles.