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St Leger Stakes Preview: Main Contenders and Challengers

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The Main feature of the four day meeting at Doncaster arrives on Saturday, with the St Leger Stakes, over 1m 6f. Hurricane Lane goes in as favourite for the race, with Charlie Appleby’s star performer odds on across the board. Check out this year’s race below, as we take a look at the race contenders, plus claim a Bet £5 – Get £20 offer at Doncaster with Ladbrokes.


BIG FAVOURITE


HURRICANE LANE

Five victories in six starts for Charlie Appleby’s runner, with recent wins in the Dante Stakes at York back in May, before taking the spoils in the Irish Derby at Curragh, when beating Lone Eagle by a neck, with the pair some 7 lengths clear of the field. That was followed by the win in the Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp. If on his game, he will be difficult to beat and looks very difficult to bet against.


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MAIN CHALLENGERS

OTTOMAN EMPEROR

Comes in with four successive victories, including a victory at Navan in July. He followed that up with a win in the Group 3 – Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m 3f, good to soft), beating Sir Lucan by half a length. Looks to have more to come and will stay the extra trip, but will need to produce more to challenge the favourite


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MOJO STAR

A very useful start to his career, with three successive second places, including in the Derby at Epsom (1m 4f, good to soft), back in June. He struggled to a fifth in the Irish equivalent at Curragh later that month, some 8.5 lengths adrift of Hurricane Lane, before warming up for this contest, with an easy Class 3 win at Newbury. Capable runner and arguably has more to come, but would need a sea change to take the spoils ahead of the Appleby runner. Each-way claims appeal.


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HIGH DEFINITION

Strong star to his career, with two victories at Curragh, including the Group 2 – Beresford Stakes (1m yielding), when 0.75 lengths ahead of Monaasib. Placed third in the Dante at York, when 2 lengths behind Hurricane Lane, but has dropped off in recent runs, including a sixth in the Great Voltigeur at York last month. Needs to regain previous form to challenge, but having kept the favourite to a small margin in Dante, there are some genuine claims here.


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POTENTIAL TO SURPRISE


SIR LUCAN

Two wins in seven start, with the latest of those coming in the Listed – Yeats Stakes at Navan (1m 5f, good), when beating Wordsworth by a neck. Has since placed second at Goodwood in the Group 3 – Gordon Stakes and then fourth in the Great Voltigeur at York, when 2 lengths behind Yibir. Stamina looks the biggest factor here and can potentially feature, depending on the pace of the race. Has claims for places at least, here.


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INTERPRETATION

This son of Galileo, has improved significantly over the Summer, with three victories on the trot, with the latest of those coming in the Listed – Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown (1m 6f, good to yielding), when 1.75 lengths ahead of Fernando Vichy. Clearly capable over this trip, but this looks a big step up for Aidan O’Brien’s runner.


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THE MEDITERRANEAN

Only career win came on his second start, when 1.25 lengths clear of Ruling at Leopardstown back in May. Has progressed since, in tougher tests, with seconds in both the Listed – Nijinksy Stakes at Leopardstown (1m 4f, good) and the Group 2 – Great Voltigeur Stakes at York (1m 3f, good) last time out, three and a half weeks ago. Trip looks likely to suit here and could be the dark horse of the field.


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