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

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Great 42-strong entry for record £700,000 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster

The world oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, will be run for the 240th time at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 10 at Doncaster, with this year's renewal attracting a great entry of 42 (up from 29 in 2015), which is revealed today.

Boasting record total prize money of £700,000 (£650,000 last year), the Ladbrokes St Leger takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards and is the highlight of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival from Wednesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 10 on Town Moor.

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Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien is seeking his fifth Ladbrokes St Leger success and has a total of 16 entries, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle contingent includes Investec Derby second US Army Ranger (12/1 with Ladbrokes) and Idaho (4/1 favourite with Ladbrokes), who was third in the Epsom Downs Classic before going on to fill the runner-up position in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Sword Fighter
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Sword Fighter

Also among the Ballydoyle hopefuls is Sword Fighter (12/1), who has already proved his stamina by landing both the two-mile Listed Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and the G2 Curragh Cup over a mile and three quarters. Bhutan (20/1), a Galileo colt who was impressive when beating stable companion Housesofparliament (16/1) by three lengths on his only start in a 10-furlong Leopardstown maiden on heavy ground in April, is another O'Brien-trained entry.

O'Brien captured an early trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger when Housesofparliament was successful in the 13-furlong G3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 7, with Harrison (Mick Channon, 40/1) in third and Harbour View (Laura Mongan, 40/1) fourth.

There could also be a first British Classic runner for O'Brien's son Joseph, who is in his rookie season as a trainer. O'Brien junior, who won the Ladbrokes St Leger as a jockey on Leading Light in 2013, has entered recent 14-furlong Leopardstown Listed scorer Arya Tara (20/1). The Dylan Thomas filly is owned by his mother Anne-Marie and ridden by his sister Ana.

Another filly with an entry is dual Classic-placed Harlequeen (33/1), trained by Mick Channon, who finished third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 3 and then took the same position in the Darley Irish Oaks on July 16.

Even Song
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Even Song

Aidan O'Brien has also entered one his star fillies, Even Song (25/1), who was successful in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before disappointing in seventh when the odds-on favourite for the Darley Irish Oaks.

Newmarket-based John Gosden has a fine Ladbrokes St Leger record, gaining glory four times in the final of Britain's five Classics. His pair of entries this year are Investec Derby fourth Wings Of Desire (12/1), who is set to contest the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot on July 23, and Muntahaa (12/1), third to Across The Stars (Sir Michael Stoute, 12/1) in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes, also run at a mile and a half, at Royal Ascot.

One trainer yet to saddle a runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger is Lambourn-based Harry Dunlop. His father John trained the winner of the final Classic three times, most recently with Millenary in 2000.

Robin Of Navan
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Robin Of Navan

Dunlop is considering the Ladbrokes St Leger for his stable star Robin Of Navan (25/1), who landed the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in 2015.

The French-bred colt returned to action this year when a staying-on second to old adversary Cloth Of Stars in the 10-furlong Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 8, but has been on the sidelines since picking up an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) over an extended 10 furlongs on June 5.

Dunlop commented: "I felt that we should give Robin Of Navan an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger because it is the final Classic of the season and it would be lovely to build him up towards the race.

"He sustained an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club, which we think he may have done in the parade before the race when he whipped round as they were playing music.

"He pulled a ligament but it seems to be all good now and we are just quietly getting him back going again.

"He is back in normal work and is making good progress. We are going to see how he goes and we could look at running him beforehand, possibly in France again.

"The Ladbrokes St Leger is a big target to aim at, providing he is ready in time.

"We honestly thought that he was going best of anything in the Prix du Jockey Club and then he suddenly lost his action. We had beaten Apilobar, who was fifth, quite nicely in the Prix Greffulhe and I think Robin Of Navan had every right to be in the first three.

"He doesn't need soft ground and is pretty versatile. It was actually good to firm in the Prix Greffulhe - it was very hot weather and the time was quick for a French race - and genuine good ground is fine for him. The main thing is that he likes a strongly-run race.

"He won us an absolute fortune last year and ran a super race in the Prix Greffulhe. It would be lovely to get him back for the latter part of the season, but if we have to wait until next year with him, so be it."

Dunlop's brother Ed also has a Ladbrokes St Leger entry - Red Verdon (12/1), who was last seen out when the excellent runner-up in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on July 14, a neck ahead of Cloth Of Stars.

Other eye-catching entries include Algometer (David Simcock, 16/1), successful in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May, and the French-trained Shalakar (Mikel Delzangles, 25/1), winner of a 15-furlong Chantilly conditions race last week.

Godolphin, successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger six times, has two entries this year with Prize Money (Saeed bin Suroor, 40/1) and Twilight Payment (33/1 Jim Bolger).

Doncaster Racecourse Clerk of the Course, Roderick Duncan, reacted to the bountiful entries.

He said: "We are delighted with the number of entries for the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger and are equally pleased to see top-quality horses from major yards across Britain, Ireland and France entered. 2016 should be a fantastic renewal of the world's oldest Classic."

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes
£700,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 6f 132y, Class 1
42 entries
Scratchings deadline August 23, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 20.

Horse Age Trainer
ACROSS THE STARS (IRE) 3 Sir Michael Stoute 
ALGOMETER 3 David Simcock 
ARYA TARA (IRE) 3 Joseph O'Brien IRE 
BHUTAN (IRE) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
CORINTHIAN 3 Roger Varian 
CRIMEAN TATAR (TUR) 3 Hugo Palmer 
EARRING (USA) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
EMPEROR NAPOLEON 3 Andrew Balding 
EVEN SONG (IRE) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
GOLDMEMBER 3 David Simcock 
HARBOUR LAW 3 Laura Mongan 
HARLEQUEEN 3 Mick Channon 
HARRISON 3 Mick Channon 
HUMPHREY BOGART (IRE) 3 Richard Hannon 
IDAHO (IRE) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
IMPERIAL AVIATOR 3 Roger Charlton 
MARMELO 3 Hughie Morrison 
MUNTAHAA (IRE) 3 John Gosden 
NEZWAAH 3 Roger Varian 
ORMITO (GER) 3 Andrew Balding 
PRIZE MONEY 3 Saeed bin Suroor 
RED VERDON (USA) 3 Ed Dunlop 
ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR) 3 Harry Dunlop 
SHALAKAR (FR) 3 Mikel Delzangles FR 
SOMEHOW (IRE) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
TO BE WILD (IRE) 3 Hugo Palmer 
UNICORN (IRE) 3 Aidan O'Brien IRE
VENTURA STORM (IRE) 3 Richard Hannon 
WINGS OF DESIRE 3 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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