Ladbrokes St Leger
Group 1, Doncaster 15:45
£650,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 6f 132y, Class 1   
Saturday 10th September 2016

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Sword Fighter is set to be aimed at the St Leger after his Royal Ascot win in the Queen's Vase

Jun06 Investec Derby hero Harzand could end up running in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in the autumn.

Trainer Dermot Weld is considering a tilt at the historic Classic on September 10 after the son of Sea The Stars dazzled at Epsom with a length-and-a-half defeat of US Army Ranger.

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Harzand's next assignment is likely to be at the Curragh for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 25, but Weld, typically, is already playing the long game.

He said: "Time will reveal all. He's a lovely colt and he could be an ideal English Leger horse or, indeed, if it was a wet autumn a lovely horse for the Arc."

The Rosewell House admitted he needed to add a Derby winner to his glittering CV.

Weld has broken down barriers across the world with landmark victories in Australia and America, but he had never won the blue riband event at Epsom.

That all changed on Saturday when Pat Smullen partnered the 13-2 chance to a famous victory, despite the colt suffering an injury scare on the way over.

"Life is an amazing thing," said the trainer.

"Every day you value it you live but we had a very stressful, very exciting day. It all started when he pulled his shoe off at Dublin airport.

"I told Pat at the start if he wasn't happy to say so, it didn't matter to me if it was a maiden or a Derby.

"It was a long old day, with four hours of ice, but with the help of colleagues we saved the day.

"I think I had to put the Derby on my CV."

Weld was quick to highlight Harzand's appetite for a battle en route to claiming the richest race ever staged in Britain.

"He's a lovely, improving colt and I think the quality and courage came out," said the trainer.

"He's a very tough horse. When the challenge went down and the die was cast, that (toughness) is what won the day."

Across The Stars
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Across The Stars
Across The Stars could be prepared for another tilt at Classic glory later in the season after the St Leger was earmarked as a potential long-term target.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old have one eye on the Group One contest after he finished 10th in the Derby at Epsom.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: "He was probably not quite up to it on Saturday. He travelled well in the race, but Kieren Fallon said he didn't come down the hill that well. Although he made up a little bit of ground in the straight, he didn't act on the track and he was probably still a little bit immature for a race like that."

Raymond added: "He took the race remarkably well. He ate up well and seems pretty relaxed.

"I think he is still a potentially useful horse. I think we will go in the direction of the Leger as he is probably more a Leger horse.

"I've no idea where his next start will be. He is a horse that has plenty of time on his side and he looks a typical Sir Michael Stoute four-year-old."

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes 2015
£694,300 added, 3yo only, 1m 6f 132y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Following a stewards' inquiry, Simple Verse, who passed the post 1st, was disqualified and placed 2nd. Bondi Beach was awarded the race. Simple Verse was reinstated as the winner at a later inquiry.

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Simple Verse (IRE) 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
R M Beckett 3
2nd (8) hd Bondi Beach (IRE) 2/1j C O'Donoghue
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (4) Fields Of Athenry (IRE) 10/3 S De Sousa
A P O'Brien 3
4th (3) nse Storm The Stars (USA) 2/1j P Cosgrave
W J Haggas 3
5th (6) 9 Vengeur Masque (IRE) 16/1 U Rispoli
M Delzangles 3
6th (5) ¾ Medrano 25/1 F Lynch
D H Brown 3
7th (2) 7 Proposed 66/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 3
NR (7) Order Of St George (IRE) 3/1 Non Runner
A P O'Brien 3

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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