Sixties Icon Is Punters’ Pin-Up
Dettori, who was winning his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger and 11th domestic classic, said: “I was scared of Red Rocks and kept a close eye on him in the race but asked mine to go on at the furlong pole. He responded straightaway and this was probably my easiest classic win.”
Trainer Jeremy Noseda watched the race on television at Keeneland sales
in Kentucky but owner Paul Roy announced that the Galileo colt could
now be supplemented at a cost of 60,000 euros for the Prix de l’Arc
“Jeremy was in Keeneland watching that but I spoke to him before the race and we said that if he ran well we’d think about supplementing him for the Arc,” said Roy. “It depends how he comes out of the race but he’s no out and out stayer as he’s got a turn of foot. We’re just beginning with him and he’ll stay in training next year although I’m not sure we’ll do a Ouija Board!
“I’d like to thank the Noseda team, especially Sean Travers who looks after him but is not here today and Mick Denaro, who rides him out. Mick’s a scouser and I was at Liverpool University and that’s how we came up with the name Sixties Icon - after people like the Beatles. There were more icons in that era than now.”
Roy is a relative newcomer to top-level Flat ownership and added: “I’ve
not had that many horses in training and to win a race like this is I
suppose the culmination of a five or six-year plan. There have been a
few trials, tribulations and emotional disasters along the way.
“This is great but if you asked me whether I’d prefer to
win the Leger or my son Sean winning at Henley, I’d say Sean winning.
I’m very lucky to have had both happen.
“I went on record after France (when Dutch Art won the Prix Morny)
that I wouldn’t buy another horse in training. I’ve got some
broodmares and John Warren buys the odd one for me and he’s a very
John Warren, who bought Sixties Icon for 230,000 guineas as a yearling, added: “He’s a horse with a real future ahead of him and is going to be a hell of a horse next year.”
3.45pm LADBROKES ST LEGER STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 SIXTIES ICON (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori 
Ladbrokes St Leger Dozen
A dozen horses remain engaged in the £475,000 Ladbrokes St Leger, run at York on Saturday, September 9, following today's final declaration stage.
Heading the 12 confirmations for the Classic is Sixties Icon, the 10/11
favourite with Ladbrokes, who advertised his Ladbrokes St Leger credentials
with an impressive victory in the Group Three BGC (Gordon) Stakes at
Goodwood on August 1, when he defeated Jadalee by a length and three
Marcus Tregoning, trainer of Jadalee, today reported the colt to be
in "top form" ahead of a likely tilt at the Ladbrokes St Leger.
The son of Desert Prince followed his second to Sixties Icon in the
BGC (Gordon) Stakes at Goodwood over 12 furlongs on August 1 with a game
victory against older rivals in the Listed March Stakes over an extra
two furlongs at the same track on August 26.
The Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes at York has provided the winner
of the Ladbrokes St Leger no less than 10 times since 1986. This year's
Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes, run on August 22, saw Red Rocks go
down by a head to Youmzain.
Trained by Brian Meehan, Red Rocks will attempt to follow in the footsteps
of Brian Boru (2003), Bollin Eric (2002), Mutafaweq (1999), Silver Patriarch
(1997), Snurge (1990) and Moon Madness (1986), who were all placed in
the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes before their Classic success.
Aidan O'Brien has won the world's oldest Classic three times in the
last five years and is the trainer with the largest number of entries
still engaged this year. The Ballydoyle quartet consists of Tusculum,
an impressive winner of the Listed Ballycullen Stakes at the Curragh
on August 26, Mountain, Fire And Rain and Puerto Rico, who finished third
in the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes.
The Ladbrokes St Leger was Lester Piggott's second most successful Classic
after the Derby with the "Long Fellow" riding eight winners
of the great race. This year Piggott could be represented as an owner
by the filly Mont Etoile, owned in partnership with Des Scott and Tony
Hirschfield and trained by his son in law, William Haggas. Mont Etoile
was triumphant in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before
finishing fourth in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Completing the list of confirmations are Galient, runner-up in the Group Three Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, The Last Drop, bidding to provide his locally-based owner Jack Hanson with a memorable success on the Knavesmire, Ask, trained by Sir Michael Stoute who has saddled the runner-up in the Ladbrokes St Leger on five occasions, and Championship Point.
Iconic Ladbrokes St Leger In Prospect
Sixties Icon, the evens favourite with the sponsors for the £475,000 Ladbrokes St Leger, continued his preparation for the world's oldest classic with a workout over six furlongs of the Al Bahathri gallop at Newmarket on Wednesday, August 30, 2006.
Partnered by work rider Mick Denaro, the three-year-old colt worked
with a galloping companion and pleased trainer Jeremy Noseda. The son
of Galileo is expected to complete his Ladbrokes St Leger preparation
with a final serious piece of work on Saturday morning.
Jeremy Noseda said: "All roads lead to York for the Ladbrokes St
Leger with Sixties Icon.
"I felt before he won the Gordon Stakes that he might just need
the race, but that did not prove to be the case.
"Goodwood came 40 days after Royal Ascot and it is also about 40
days before the Ladbrokes St Leger. That is why we decided not to go
for the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last week as could have
had a hard race two and a half weeks before the Ladbrokes St Leger and
he has already shown us he is not inconvenienced by a gap between his
"We did consider running him in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, but that race has been downgraded to a Group Three and he has already won a Group Three."
Sixties Icon has improved throughout the season and Noseda believes
that his run in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom, where he finished eighth,
was a significant factor in the colt's progress.
The master of Shalfleet Stables continued: "He didn't run at two
and we were disappointed with his first run at Newmarket this year. He
ran below our expectations and seemed as though he was suffering from
"He left that run well behind him when winning his maiden at Windsor.
"After Windsor, I wanted to go for King George V Handicap at Royal
Ascot, as I felt he was still a bit green and colty, but Paul Roy [owner]
wanted to go for the Derby.
"The Derby taught him a lot. He became much more professional and the race really educated him."
Jeremy Noseda has enjoyed numerous big race wins, with the likes of
Proclamation, Wannabe Grand, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko and
Araafa, a dual Group One winner this season. The omission of an English
Classic from Noseda's CV is clearly something he wishes to rectify.
He continued: "The English Classics are the greatest in the world.
They are worth five French Classics to me.
"I am an Englishman and England is the home of racing.
"The English Classics are the races with the greatest tradition
in the world and the Ladbrokes St Leger has as big a tradition as any
of them. To win a Classic as a trainer is really what it is all about.
"I remember going up on the train with my father to see Bustino
(1974) win the St Leger. Although he was a short price, we backed a horse
called Cove who won at a decent price in the race before and we re-invested
"The Ladbrokes St Leger was always in the last week of the holidays before going back to boarding school and I went many times with my father."
Looking ahead as to who will partner Sixties Icon in the Ladbrokes St
Leger, Noseda revealed: "I would be happy if Frankie Dettori could
take the ride, but his availability is dependent on Godolphin and also
on Ouija Board in the Irish Champion Stakes.
"There should certainly be no shortage of jockeys wanting to ride Sixties Icon."
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