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15:35 Doncaster

Soft

Betfred St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

  • Prize money: £421355.3
  • 1m 6f 115y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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Betfred St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1-3821

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won a French Group 3 last September on very soft ground, while all runs this term were on good or good to firm; well beaten in the Prix du Jockey Club but improvement every time otherwise, trying 1m4f (Group 2) for his Royal Ascot second and for his authoritative win in the Great Voltigeur at York; came from last to first in a five-runner race at York, where Gregory made the running, gave 3lb and was beaten nearly 5l; not sure to improve for this trip but already has the best form in the race and is on an upward curve.

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1st

4

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Continuous

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won a French Group 3 last September on very soft ground, while all runs this term were on good or good to firm; well beaten in the Prix du Jockey Club but improvement every time otherwise, trying 1m4f (Group 2) for his Royal Ascot second and for his authoritative win in the Great Voltigeur at York; came from last to first in a five-runner race at York, where Gregory made the running, gave 3lb and was beaten nearly 5l; not sure to improve for this trip but already has the best form in the race and is on an upward curve.

7/2

1st

5

(2)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:00 York

Continuous

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

held up in last

9/4

2nd

4

(3)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Continuous

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won French Group 3 (1m, very soft) last September to make it 2-2 and reappeared with good third in the Dante at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; down the field in the Prix du Jockey Club (10.5f, good) just 19 days ago and has something to prove after that, but he's Aidan O'Brien's sole runner in this race which in itself means he is entitled to respect.

6/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2-1051

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Reappeared with an easy win in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) in May; disappointing on good to firm in both the Derby (favourite) and at Royal Ascot, before restating his effectiveness with more give in the ground when making all at 5-6 in Group 3 at Newbury (extended 1m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; may well have his ground again, brings among the best form with those two wins (particularly Chester) and this trip looks within reach.

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2nd

2

(6)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

3yo campaign featured wins in the Chester Vase and Geoffrey Freer, plus good second in the St Leger; appeared to need his Newbury reappearance run and should be spot-on for this return to the Roodee; leading player provided there's no jar in the ground (underperformed on good to firm last year).

15/8

7th

4

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

ducked right start and slowly away, raced wide early, towards rear early, headway and prominent after 4f, led over 3f out

11/8

2nd

2

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Arrest

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Reappeared with an easy win in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) in May; disappointing on good to firm in both the Derby (favourite) and at Royal Ascot, before restating his effectiveness with more give in the ground when making all at 5-6 in Group 3 at Newbury (extended 1m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; may well have his ground again, brings among the best form with those two wins (particularly Chester) and this trip looks within reach.

3/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 31-811

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

The dam's brother Dartmouth was a Group 2 winner over 1m4f and 1m6f; emerged narrowly ahead in 19-runner handicap at Royal Ascot (good) and he had to bide his time before finding daylight when coming from last to first in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (soft; beat Chesspiece by a neck) 44 days ago; both were over 1m4f and whether today's trip will help is not clear but there's no doubt he's been improving and still looks capable of better.

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2nd

3

(4)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Desert Hero

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Won Royal Ascot handicap (1m4f, good) last June and followed up in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, soft); fine third in the St Leger (1m6f, soft) when last seen and gelded since; drops back in trip for reappearance and this may be a stepping stone to bigger targets over further, but he may evolve into a top-notch 4yo and he's entitled to considerable respect.

7/2

3rd

6

(1)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Desert Hero

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

The dam's brother Dartmouth was a Group 2 winner over 1m4f and 1m6f; emerged narrowly ahead in 19-runner handicap at Royal Ascot (good) and he had to bide his time before finding daylight when coming from last to first in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (soft; beat Chesspiece by a neck) 44 days ago; both were over 1m4f and whether today's trip will help is not clear but there's no doubt he's been improving and still looks capable of better.

5/1

Form: 5-6112 BF

Last run: 65 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Brother to 2017 St Leger and Irish Derby winner Capri; well held in good company in his two runs on testing ground; has since won a 1m4f Listed race at Leopardstown and in smooth style in the 1m5f Ulster Derby (handicap) at Down Royal, before confirming himself a smart colt when pipped in 1m5f Group 3 at Newmarket; lines through his two rivals in that tight finish show he has a little to find, but this trip can help and he has each-way claims.

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9th

12

(13)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Tower Of London

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear of midfield

7/1

4th

9

(9)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Tower Of London

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: A P O’Brien

Brother to 2017 St Leger and Irish Derby winner Capri; well held in good company in his two runs on testing ground; has since won a 1m4f Listed race at Leopardstown and in smooth style in the 1m5f Ulster Derby (handicap) at Down Royal, before confirming himself a smart colt when pipped in 1m5f Group 3 at Newmarket; lines through his two rivals in that tight finish show he has a little to find, but this trip can help and he has each-way claims.

12/1

Form: 1113 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Dam won the Group 2 Park Hill over C&D on her fifth start; her son bids to do likewise in the St Leger following wins on his first three starts, most notably from the front when evens in the 1m6f Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, and a commendable third to Continuous in the Great Voltigeur at York where setting a strong pace in a bid to compensate for dropping back to 1m4f (on good to firm) and he gave the winner 3lb; unraced on softer than good; Frankie Dettori jumps ship to ride Arrest but this one will be very well suited by reverting to today's greater stamina test.

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5th

7

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Gregory

9st 3lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Dam won the Group 2 Park Hill over C&D on her fifth start; her son bids to do likewise in the St Leger following wins on his first three starts, most notably from the front when evens in the 1m6f Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, and a commendable third to Continuous in the Great Voltigeur at York where setting a strong pace in a bid to compensate for dropping back to 1m4f (on good to firm) and he gave the winner 3lb; unraced on softer than good; Frankie Dettori jumps ship to ride Arrest but this one will be very well suited by reverting to today's greater stamina test.

9/2

3rd

1

(5)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:00 York

Gregory

9st 5lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, raced wide early

6/5

OUR TIP

Form: -31312

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Just over 5l third to Gregory in Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot (1m6f, good); made all in Listed race at Hamilton (1m3f, good to soft) next time and headed only close home by Desert Hero in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, soft); several others have better form but he has found a bit of improvement every time and the step back up in trip will suit him well.

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5th

6

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Chesspiece

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

took keen hold, prominent

10/1

2nd

1

(2)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 1

15:57 Ascot

Chesspiece

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Third in the Group 2 Queen's Vase over C&D (good) at the Royal meeting before Listed win at Hamilton (1m3f, good to soft) and Group 3 near-miss at Goodwood (1m4f, soft); well beaten in the St Leger (1m6f, soft) three weeks ago but has to be respected under a 3lb penalty in view of his earlier form.

7/2

Form: 2211

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has had only four races; won a Newmarket novice (1m4f, good to soft) in July, pulling well clear with an odds-on runner-up who has since given the form an almighty boost; looked a smart prospect himself when following up in the 13-runner Melrose Handicap at York (1m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago, coming from off the pace to go nearly 2l clear of Denmark (who gave him 4lb); moves into his first Group race but brings plenty of promise.

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1st

2

(3)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 1

15:57 Ascot

Middle Earth

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Narrowly beat Naqeeb in Newmarket novice (1m4f, good to soft) in July and followed up in the competitive Melrose Handicap at York (1m6f, good to firm) in August; merely seventh in the St Leger three weeks ago (1m6f, soft; one place behind Chesspiece) but retains potential now back down in grade and could play a leading role if Doncaster hasn't left a mark.

9/4

7th

8

(5)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Middle Earth

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has had only four races; won a Newmarket novice (1m4f, good to soft) in July, pulling well clear with an odds-on runner-up who has since given the form an almighty boost; looked a smart prospect himself when following up in the 13-runner Melrose Handicap at York (1m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago, coming from off the pace to go nearly 2l clear of Denmark (who gave him 4lb); moves into his first Group race but brings plenty of promise.

8/1

50/1

Form: 12-523 BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ran well on very soft ground in France on second 2yo start; best form when placed with blinkers in 1m6f handicaps at York and Haydock on last two starts, in the former giving the winner Middle Earth 4lb (so is rated narrowly higher on that result) but in the latter proving harder to settle and repeatedly hanging left; work to do.

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8th

5

(7)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Denmark

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: A P O’Brien

Ran well on very soft ground in France on second 2yo start; best form when placed with blinkers in 1m6f handicaps at York and Haydock on last two starts, in the former giving the winner Middle Earth 4lb (so is rated narrowly higher on that result) but in the latter proving harder to settle and repeatedly hanging left; work to do.

50/1

3rd

1

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Denmark

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: A P O’Brien

Soundly beaten in the Ballysax on reappearance but had a break and got back on track when second in first-time blinkers (retained) in the Melrose Handicap (1m6f, good to firm) at York recently; that's strong form and this unexposed colt could have more to offer for top Irish yard; key player up 5lb.

5/2

Form: 1-36

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

By 2012 St Leger runner-up Camelot out of half-sister to 2018 St Leger winner Kew Gardens; impressive in a Galway maiden (8.5f, soft) as 2yo; starting 4-5 for Group 3 Ballysax at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) in April suggested he was considered a major Derby contender, which he failed to live up to in the race, however, and he showed similar form when sixth of seven in 1m6f Listed event in August when next seen; unexposed and capable of better (checked over 1f out last time, trying to come from last) but no form claims.

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11th

4

(4)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Leopardstown

Alexandroupolis

9st 10lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Won his sole 2yo start and finished third when odds-on for a key Derby trial first time out this season; not a bad run behind the smart Harbour Wind when returning from a break in August before finding the St Leger too tough a test; not yet exposed and has to be of interest on his handicap debut.

4/1

9th

1

(4)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Alexandroupolis

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: A P O’Brien

By 2012 St Leger runner-up Camelot out of half-sister to 2018 St Leger winner Kew Gardens; impressive in a Galway maiden (8.5f, soft) as 2yo; starting 4-5 for Group 3 Ballysax at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) in April suggested he was considered a major Derby contender, which he failed to live up to in the race, however, and he showed similar form when sixth of seven in 1m6f Listed event in August when next seen; unexposed and capable of better (checked over 1f out last time, trying to come from last) but no form claims.

28/1

6th

1

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

18:55 Leopardstown

Alexandroupolis

9st 7lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

steadied start, towards rear early, dropped to last after 1f

3/1

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Payout
Exacta £137.00
Straight Forecast £115.90
Tricast £450.90
Trifecta £540.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Continuous

NEWMARKET:

Arrest

Telegraph:

Desert Hero

Daily Mail:

Gregory

POSTDATA:

Chesspiece

The Times:

Middle Earth

RP RATINGS:

Continuous

TOPSPEED:

Continuous

The Guardian:

Continuous

D Express:

Continuous

The Sun:

Continuous

Daily Record:

Continuous

Daily Mirror:

Arrest

The Star:

Desert Hero