Ladbrokes St Leger
Group 1, Doncaster 15:50
£650,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 6f 132y, Class 1
Saturday 13th September 2014

With just over a fortnight to go, the countdown to the final Classic of the season intensifies today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger. The £650,000 contest takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on Saturday, September 13.

Kingston Hill
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Kingston Hill
A total of 21 entries remain, headed by Kingston Hill (Roger Varian) who is already a Group One winner at Doncaster having landed the Racing Post Trophy in 2013. He is the 5/2 favourite with Ladbrokes. This season, the Paul Smith-owned colt beat all bar the mighty Australia in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs in June. He missed last week's 12-furlong Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York due to the fast ground with connections opting to go straight to Town Moor. Snow Sky (Sir Michael Stoute, 7/1 with Ladbrokes) and Odeon (James Given, 33/1), the second and third at York, both remain engaged in the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Snow Sky was beaten two and a quarter lengths by Postponed at York but had previously laid down a marker for the Ladbrokes St Leger in the Group Three Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30, repelling Windshear (Richard Hannon, 8/1) by a neck.

Snow Sky
Snow Sky

Stoute and Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah are also responsible for the lightly-raced Kings Fete (16/1), who was third behind Forever Now (John Gosden, 12/1) and Alex My Boy (Mark Johnston, 14/1) in the Listed March Stakes over 14 furlongs at Goodwood on August 23.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, said: "Snow Sky has come out of York well and the plan is to run in the Ladbrokes St Leger.

"He settled very well and got into a nice rhythm in the Great Voltigeur. He joined Postponed two furlongs out but the winner quickened well.

"We stayed on well to the line and were gaining at the end, so I thought it was quite encouraging.

"We are all going to find out on the day if he will stay but given the type of horse he is and his pedigree, I think he has a pretty good chance of staying a mile and three quarters.

"Kings Fete has got to settle better if he is going to get the trip. He was a bit silly at Goodwood the other day but has some talent and we won't discount him.

"At this stage, I would say it is unlikely but it has not been ruled out and we have left him in for good reason.

"We tried him in a ring bit instead of the hood at the weekend. I don't think you want to overburden a horse with too many contraptions otherwise you get too clever, but obviously the ring bit wasn't quite so successful."

Sir Michael Stoute broke his Ladbbrokes St Leger hoodoo in 2008 when Conduit was successful while owner Khalid Abdullah achieved Doncaster Classic glory with Toulon in 1991.

John Gosden has won the Ladbrokes St Leger four times, with two of those successes coming in the last four years (Masked Marvel in 2011 and Arctic Cosmos in 2010). This time around the Newmarket handler has three entries going forward, headed by Investec Derby third Romsdal (6/1). Gosden's two other possible starters are Forever Now, and Marzocco (25/1), who finished fourth fourth in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Another handler with three entries is Mark Johnston. The North Yorkshire handler's trio include Hartnell(14/1), successful in the Listed Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and Group Three Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket before finishing sixth in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes, Group One Eclipse Stakes third Somewhat (33/1) plus Alex My Boy.

Kingfisher
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Kingfisher

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger winner with Leading Light in 2013, has five entries including Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher (20/1). Adjusted (33/1), Blue Hussar (33/1), Granddukeoftuscany (20/1)and Indian Maharaja (50/1) complete the Ballydoyle quintet.

Streetcar To Stars
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Streetcar To Stars

There is one other entry from Ireland in Streetcar To Stars (John Oxx, 25/1), who was last seen out when fourth behind 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger victor Leading Light in a Group Three contest at the Curragh on August 24.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has won the Ladbrokes St Leger more times than any other current trainer, with five victories to his name. His one possible starter in 2014 is Winter Thunder (33/1), a dual winner at Newmarket this season in handicap company.

With the Ladbrokes St Leger staged five days before the Scottish independence referendum, there would be no more topical winner than Scotland (Andrew Balding, 25/1), who put up his best effort this season when third in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Completing the acceptors are Astronereus (Amanda Perrett, 50/1) and Min Alemarat (Marco Botti, 33/1).

There is a £50,000 supplementary entry stage for the Ladbrokes St Leger on Monday, September 8, when the five-day confirmation stage also takes place.

The Ladbrokes St Leger

£650,000 Total Prize Fund, Group One, part of the British Champions Series. Doncaster, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1m 6f 132yds. For three-year-old entire colts (9st 1lb) & fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed Tuesday, July 22, entries revealed Wednesday, July 23 (33 entries). Scratchings deadline August 26 (21 remain), five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 8, final declarations 10am September 11.

Horse Owner Trainer
Adjusted (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
Alex My Boy (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mark Johnston 
Astronereus (IRE) John Connolly & Odile Griffith Amanda Perrett 
Blue Hussar (IRE) Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
Forever Now (GB) Lady Bamford John Gosden 
Granddukeoftuscany (IRE) Triermore Stud/Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
Hartnell (GB) Sh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston 
Indian Maharaja (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
Kingfisher (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
Kings Fete (GB) Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute 
Kingston Hill (GB) Paul Smith Roger Varian 
Marzocco (USA) HRH Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden 
Min Alemarat (IRE) Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Marco Botti 
Odeon (GB) Alex Owen James Given 
Romsdal (GB) HRH Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden 
Scotland (GER) Fitri Hay Andrew Balding 
Snow Sky (GB) Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute 
Somewhat (USA) Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston 
Streetcar To Stars (GB) Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE 
Windshear (GB) Michael Daniels Richard Hannon 
Winter Thunder (GB) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 

21 entries remain

6 Irish-trained

LADBROKES ST LEGER ROLL OF HONOUR (1946-2013)
Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP Ran

2013 LEADING LIGHT Aidan O’Brien
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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