Ladbrokes St Leger
Group 1, Doncaster 15:45
£700,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 6f 132y, Class 1   
Saturday 10th September 2016

Red Verdon on Doncaster trail as 25 go forward for Britain’s final Classic

Ante-post favourite Idaho tops 25 confirmations for the final British Classic of the season, the G1 Ladbrokes St Leger, staged over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, Saturday, September 10.

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Trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, Idaho is the 11/10 market leader with Ladbrokes following a smooth victory over stable companion Housesofparliament (14/1) in the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 17.

Idaho proved himself among the best of his generation in two 12-furlong Classics, going down by a half-length to Harzand in the G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 25 and finishing third in the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs three weeks before that.

O’Brien, seeking a fifth Ladbrokes St Leger victory, has also left in Listed Queen’s Vase hero Sword Fighter (14/1) and two fillies – Somehow (33/1), who was fourth in the G1 Investec Oaks, and recent G1 Yorkshire Oaks fourth Pretty Perfect (40/1), among a 10-strong team.

Ed Dunlop is hoping the extended 14-furlong distance of the Ladbrokes St Leger, the world’s oldest Classic which is worth a record £700,000 this year, can help Red Verdon close the gap on Idaho.

Red Verdon
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Red Verdon

Red Verdon has progressed from handicap victories at Chester and Haydock Park in May to finishing second last time out in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs on July 14.

The three-year-old Lemon Drop Kid colt, owned by Hong Kong-based Ronnie Arculli, finished sixth in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs and stayed on stoutly to take fourth in the Irish Derby.

Dunlop said: “Red Verdon has had a good break since France. We decided to miss York and, all being well, the plan is to go to Doncaster.

“There is obviously a short-priced favourite [Idaho] who was very impressive at York. We will have to improve to beat him for sure but we will give it a go.

“I don’t know about the step up in trip. His pedigree doesn’t scream that he will stay but he has been finishing strongly over a mile and a half. He also relaxes well in his races and that will give him every chance of getting the trip.”

Red Verdon is a 10/1 chance with Ladbrokes .

Fellow Newmarket trainer John Gosden has an excellent record in the Doncaster Classic, winning three of the last nine renewals and four in all, and has two strong contenders in Muntahaa (10/1) and Wings Of Desire (14/1).

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Progressive Muntahaa captured a Listed race at Chester on August 20 after being third in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Wings Of Desire finished runner-up in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on his penultimate start and was fourth in the Investec Derby.

Algometer (David Simcock, 16/1) was last seen out when seventh in the Investec Derby. The Kirsten Rausing-owned colt gained a battling victory over Prize Money in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May and that 11-furlong contest was won by subsequent St Leger hero Masked Marvel in 2011.

Other notable confirmations include G1 scorer Robin Of Navan (Harry Dunlop, 33/1), Ventura Storm (Richard Hannon, 33/1), who annexed a G3 race in France earlier this month, plus Ormito (Andrew Balding, 33/1) and Twilight Payment (Jim Bolger, 20/1) who were runner-up in G3 contests last time out.

Ladbrokes Director of Media, David Williams, said: “Idaho is the stand-out horse to have emerged from the St Leger trials.

“His Great Voltigeur win could scarcely have been more impressive and there is every chance he will go odds-on at some point between now and Ladbrokes St Leger Day, Saturday, September 10.”

There is a £50,000 supplementary entry stage for the Ladbrokes St Leger on Monday, September 5, when the five-day acceptors will also be unveiled.

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes
£700,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 6f 132y, Class 1
25 remaining entries
Five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 20.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ALGOMETER 3 Kirsten Rausing David Simcock
ARYA TARA (IRE) 3 AnneMarie O’Brien Joseph O’Brien IRE
COOK ISLANDS (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
GOLDMEMBER 3 Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
HARBOUR LAW 3 Jackie Cornwell Laura Mongan
HARRISON 3 Tim Radford Mick Channon
HOUSESOF-PARLIAMENT (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
IDAHO (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
KELLSTORM (IRE) 3 China Horse Club, Magnier, Tabor, Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KNIGHTS TABLE 3 Saeed Manana James Tate
MARMELO 3 The Fairy Story Partnership Hughie Morrison
MUNTAHAA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
ORMITO (GER) 3 Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden Andrew Balding
PRETTY PERFECT (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
RED VERDON (USA) 3 The Hon R J Arculli Ed Dunlop
ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR) 3 Cross, Deal, Foden, Sieff Harry Dunlop
SOMEHOW (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) 3 Magnier/Tabor/ Smith/Jooste/Kantor Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) 3 Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
TRIPLICATE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) 3 Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
UNICORN (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
VENTURA STORM (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXII Richard Hannon
WINGS OF DESIRE 3 Lady Bamford John Gosden

Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP Ran

2015 SIMPLE VERSE Ralph Beckett Andrea Atzeni QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi 8/1 7
2014 KINGSTON HILL Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni Paul Smith 9/4F 12

2013 LEADING LIGHT Aidan O’Brien Joseph O’Brien Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 7/2F 11
2012 ENCKE Mahmood Al Zarooni Mickael Barzalona Godolphin 25/1 9
2011 MASKED MARVEL John Gosden William Buick Bjorn Nielsen 15/2 9
2010 ARCTIC COSMOS John Gosden William Buick Rachel Hood & Robin Geffen 12/1 10
2009 MASTERY Saeed bin Suroor Ted Durcan Godolphin 14/1 8
2008 CONDUIT Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori Ballymacoll Stud 8/1 14
2007 LUCARNO John Gosden Jimmy Fortune George Strawbridge 7/2 10
2006** SIXTIES ICON Jeremy Noseda Frankie Dettori Susan Roy 11/8F 11
2005 SCORPION Aidan O’Brien IRE Frankie Dettori Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 10/11F 6
2004 RULE OF LAW Saeed bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy Godolphin 3/1JF 9
2003 BRIAN BORU Aidan O’Brien IRE Jamie Spencer Sue Magnier 5/4F 12
2002 BOLLIN ERIC Tim Easterby Kevin Darley Sir Neil & Lady Westbrook 7/1 8
2001 MILAN Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 13/8F 10
2000 MILLENARY John Dunlop Richard Quinn Neil Jones 11/4F 11
1999 MUTAFAWEQ Saeed bin Suroor Richard Hills Godolphin 11/2 9
1998 NEDAWI Saeed bin Suroor John Reid Godolphin 5/2F 9
1997 SILVER PATRIARCH John Dunlop Pat Eddery Peter Winfield 5/4F 10
1996 SHANTOU John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 8/1 11
1995 CLASSIC CLICHE Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 100/30F 10
1994 MOONAX Barry Hills Pat Eddery Sheikh Mohammed 40/1 8
1993 BOB'S RETURN Mark Tompkins Philip Robinson Jackie Smith 3/1F 9
1992 USER FRIENDLY Clive Brittain George Duffield Bill Gredley 7/4F 7
1991 TOULON Andre Fabre FR Pat Eddery Khalid Abdullah 5/2F 10
1990 SNURGE Paul Cole Richard Quinn Martyn Arbib 7/2 8
1989* MICHELOZZO Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Charles St George 6/4F 8
1988 MINSTER SON Neil Graham Willie Carson Lady Beaverbrook 15/2 6
1987 REFERENCE POINT Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Louis Freedman 4/11F 7
1986 MOON MADNESS John Dunlop Pat Eddery Duchess of Norfolk 9/2 8
1985 OH SO SHARP Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 8/11F 6
1984 COMMANCHE RUN Luca Cumani Lester Piggott Ivan Allan 7/4F 11
1983 SUN PRINCESS Dick Hern Willie Carson Sir Michael Sobell 11/8F 10
1982 TOUCHING WOOD Tom Jones Paul Cook Maktoum Al Maktoum 7/1 15
1981 CUT ABOVE Dick Hern Joe Mercer Sir John Astor 28/1 7
1980 LIGHT CAVALRY Henry Cecil Joe Mercer Jim Joel 3/1 7
1979 SON OF LOVE Robert Collet FR Alain Lequeux A Rolland 20/1 17
1978 JULIO MARINER Clive Brittain Edward Hide Marcos Lemos 28/1 14
1977 DUNFERMLINE Dick Hern Willie Carson The Queen 10/1 13
1976 CROW Angel Penna FR Yves Saint-Martin Daniel Wildenstein 6/1CF 15
1975 BRUNI Ryan Price Tony Murray Charles St George 9/1 12
1974 BUSTINO Dick Hern Joe Mercer Lady Beaverbrook 11/10F 10
1973 PELEID Bill Elsey Frankie Durr Bill Behrens 28/1 13
1972 BOUCHER Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott Ogden Phipps 3/1 7
1971 ATHENS WOOD Tom Jones Lester Piggott Mrs John Rogerson 5/2 8
1970 NIJINSKY Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott Charles Engelhard 2/7F 9
1969 INTERMEZZO Harry Wragg Ron Hutchinson Gerry Oldham 7/1 11
1968 RIBERO Fulke Johnson Houghton Lester Piggott Charles Engelhard 100/30 8
1967 RIBOCCO Fulke Johnson Houghton Lester Piggott Charles Engelhard 7/2 9
1966 SODIUM George Todd Frankie Durr R J Sigita 7/1 9
1965 PROVOKE Dick Hern Joe Mercer John Astor 28/1 11
1964 INDIANA Jack Watts Jimmy Lindley Charles Engelhard 100/7 15
1963 RAGUSA Paddy Prendergast IRE Garnet Bougoure Jim Mullion 2/5F 7
1962 HETHERSETT Dick Hern Harry Carr Major Lionel Holliday 100/8 15
1961 AURELIUS Noel Murless Lester Piggott Mrs V Lilley 9/2 13
1960 ST PADDY Noel Murless Lester Piggott Sir Victor Sassoon 4/6F 9
1959 CANTELO Charles Elsey Edward Hide William Hill 100/7 11
1958 ALCIDE Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr Sir Humphrey de Trafford 4/9F 8
1957 BALLYMOSS Vincent O’Brien IRE T P Burns Jock McShain 8/1 16
1956 CAMBREMER George Bridgland FR Freddie Palmer R B Strassburger 8/1 13
1955 MELD Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr Lady Zia Wernher 10/11F 8
1954 NEVER SAY DIE Joe Lawson Charlie Smirke Robert Sterling Clark 100/30 16
1953 PREMONITION Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Eph Smith W P Wyatt 10/1 11
1952 TULYAR Marcus Marsh Charlie Smirke H H Aga Khan III 10/11F 12
1951 TALMA II Charles Semblat FR Rae Johnstone Marcel Boussac 7/1 18
1950 SCRATCH II Charles Semblat FR Rae Johnstone Marcel Boussac 9/2 15
1949 RIDGE WOOD Noel Murless Michael Beary G R H Smith 100/7 16
1948 BLACK TARQUIN Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Edgar Britt W Woodward 15/2 14
1947 SAYAJIRAO Fred Armstrong Edgar Britt Maharaja Of Baroda 9/2 11
1946 AIRBOURNE Dick Perryman Tommy Lowrey Jock Ferguson 3/1 11
* Run at Ayr
** Run at York

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