Nathaniel Excels in King Edward VII Stakes
1 Nathaniel 11/4 Fav
The winner received a 3/1 quote from the sponsor for the Ladbrokes St Leger and although trainer John Gosden nominated the final Classic as a likely target, owner Lady Rothschild’s racing manager James Wigan reported that the colt is not certain to head to Doncaster.
“The St Leger is the last Classic, so we have got to start thinking about it,” said Goden. “He is a nice horse, he loved the ground and he stayed well. He and (yesterday’s King George V Handicap winner) Brown Panther - I remember buying his dam Treble Heights for Michael Owen and she stayed well - I think that those two now have shown themselves to be legitimate favourites for the St Leger. These are proper staying horses
“Nathaniel gets very fizzy and warm but that is just his nature. I have trained three out of the family and that is their nature but the jockey pointed him in the right direction, so that was good.
“I ran his brother Percussionist in the Derby but he couldn’t run down the hill because the ground had dried up so we learned from him and didn’t run Nathaniel at Epsom
“The Voltigeur is a strong possibility now - he would go there with a penalty - and I also quite like the race at Newbury. We will look at one of those before the St Leger, if the owners wish to go for the race, which I hope they do.”
James Wigan added: “I don’t think that soft ground is essential for him but I don’t think that he would like very firm ground. He has rather a high action and we were nervous about running him on the good to firm ground at Epsom. That was simply why he didn’t run in the Derby - we thought coming down that hill on the ground wouldn’t suit him.
“He ran a very good race at Chester but the track didn’t suit him and it was much too sharp for him. He was coming back at the winner in the finish, and the winner has been second in the Derby.”
“There are other chances for him before the St Leger. He probably would get a mile and six furlongs but I think that he is good enough to win a Group One over a shorter distance.”
Jockey William Buick added: “The sweating had no effect in him. He just wants to get on with it and that is just him. He loved the ground, he stays well and the only thing was that I won by a bit too far. It’s nice to get one in.
“I don’t think he has to have it soft, just ground with no jar in it. Good ground would be perfect and I hope I’ll win the Leger again this year!”
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