Some say the St Leger has lost its way a bit but I’m not in that camp for the final British Classic of the season on Saturday.
The three Irish raiders look very strong with one stand-out in ante-post fav Idaho who bumped into a cracking dual Derby winner in Dermot Weld’s Harzand when he finished third and second to him at Epsom and the Curragh.
Some pundits have Harzand down as a plodder but I’m sure he’s got loads of boot for the 1m 2f task on Saturday. Soft ground will help his cause and Weld is a master on the big stage. They don’t come much bigger than this weekend in Ireland.
They are separated by the width of the Irish Sea, a few hours and another half mile in distance in the contests they run in this weekend but I think both can rubber stamp their class on the St Leger and the Irish Champion Stakes.
Honestly, they will have to put a net up at the end of Town Moor to slow Idaho down at the end of the St Leger as he made up a massive amount of ground at York in a race that wasn’t run to suit him on a free-wheeling track.
Seamie Heffernan has come in for the spin again (he must be buzzing) as Ryan Moore is taking no travel-delay chances by going to Leopardstown.
Let’s try to get some cash in the bank tonight for it…
David Evans’ runner has now landed on a pretty decent mark in the right type of race. She splits the field, draw-wise, which helps as a wide birth here over six furlongs is a bit of a worry.
With Jim Crowley booked to ride as he chases a first jockeys’ championship – we have a bit going for us and she’s a fair price.
He’s not been at his best so far this year but that’s pretty normal for this lad as now is his time to blossom. Hughie Morrison’s stable are in good form and this lad is one of two course & distance winners in the line-up.
He comes out very well on the ratings as he gets 7lbs off market rival Amour de Nuit. Crowley’s on top again.
Bumped into a Gosden hot-pot at Windsor on his debut when she ran a bit green. She was shoved along early but managed to get herself into the action without being knocked about.
Sir Michael Stoute’s filly could be a bit of value as New World Power will be short as he second to Ulysses on his debut at Newbury. I’m not 100 per cent sure that one has progressed as expected though.