Ladbrokes St Leger
1st (4) Lucarno 7-2
Fortune Strikes St Leger Gold
Lucarno gave his trainer John Gosden a second Ladbrokes St Leger success and a first British Classic victory for both jockey Jimmy Fortune and US-based owner George Strawbridge when landing a gutsy success.
Fortune took the lead in the final furlong and held off long-time front runner Mahler to score by a length.
“He’s been a very good horse all the way along from the time he was second in his maiden first time out,” said Gosden. “He was fourth in the Derby behind an exceptionally good winner in Authorized.
“He’s done nothing but improve and will be put away now and come back for Group Ones over a mile and a half next year. He got the trip today but I’m not sure we’ll be trying it again. It’s not the ideal trip for him but I think he had more class than the others and that saw him through, especially given that Mick Kinane had ridden a very strong race from the front.
“Lucarno has a high cruising speed and has won over a mile and a
mile and a quarter which is always useful.
“We’ll have a proper four-year-old next year and he can go
for things like the Coronation Cup and King George. That’s it for
the year and he’ll go for the mile and a half races for older horses.
“I wouldn’t want to be trying Cup distances whereas I can
see Mahler going for all those Doncaster Cup and Goodwood Cup type of races.
“Mr Strawbridge is a great owner-breeder from an American background and also a great sportsman and he said ‘we’re running - that’s it’.
“I’m a big supporter of the St Leger and it’s very important not to lose the whole dimension of races like this for the breeding industry. It’s happened in America where everything is seven furlongs or a mile and a mile and a half is seen as a real long-distance race. Everyone is obsessed with precocity but we don’t want to go down that route here.”
Jockey Jimmy Fortune added: “They way he was quickening I didn’t think anything would get to me. Thinks worked out perfectly, they went a good gallop and he travelled well. He’s a mile and a quarter horse really so there was always a doubt at the back of my mind about him staying. York is a very easy mile and a half, it’s not a real test of stamina.”
Pennsylvania-based George Strawbridge, 69, had travelled over to see his home-bred score and the former jump jockey, who won the Iriquois Chase four times, said: “I’m used to steeplechasers running over three miles so that was a sprint to me!
“I was brought up with foxhunting and was a steeplechasing man then
expanded into the Flat before the big spenders got in. I breed as Augustin
Stable (the name he races as in America) because I was teaching Latin American
history at college at the time so had to go under a pseudonym.
“I’m so proud of this horse, who actually comes from a lovely
fast family. The mare won over six furlongs at Hollywood Park and here
this horse is winning the St Leger but it was why we had doubts about the
“He was a plain yearling but that’s the way I like them, the
plain, stout, manageable types of animals. He was brought up with Bettina
Jenney at Derry Meeting Farm and he joined John as soon as he left there.
It’s at Unionville in Pennsylvania so this is like a little farm
winning a big race! People say winning the St Leger kills a horse as a
stallion but I breed them to race.
“There’s no great story about the name. Every year everybody but John Magnier has trouble naming their horses but I just liked the name Lucarno when I looked at a map of Italy, I thought it was a magic name. I’ve never been there but think I should probably go now.”
Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) English Classic Winners: (4) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno) Wins in a season (1989-2006): 28; 87; 86; 113; 110; 93; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 82; 55; 85; 72; 66; 92; 56 First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail, 2006 Sleeping Indian), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lingfield Derby Trial (2004 Percussionist), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed, 2005 Leo), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) Wins in 2007: 52 Royal Ascot wins: (22) Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Chesham Stakes (1998 Rhapsodist) Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 - Chesham Stakes)
Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship:
With Mike O'Neill. English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2007 Lucarno)
Big wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), VC
Bet Challenge Stakes (2006 Sleeping Indian), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest),
July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley,
2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy
(1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes
(1999 Lady In Waiting), totesport.com Handicap (2006 All Ivory), Vodafone
Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff); Meon Valley
Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act; 2005 Nannina), Royal Lodge
Stakes (2005 Leo), Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece),
Yorkshire Cup (2007 Sergeant Cecil) Wins (1988-2006): 8, 29, 46, 32, 26,
25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 93, 71, 92, 46, 72, 96, 77 Wins in 2007: 86
Royal Ascot Winners: (11) Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), Queen Mary Stakes
(1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton, 2007 Royal Oath), Duke
Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea
Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic
King), Jersey Stakes (2007 Tariq), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina),
Norfolk Stakes (2007 Winker Watson), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath),
Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2007 (5 wins)
THE WINNER - LUCARNO (USA)
Ladbrokes St Leger Record: 2004 Mikado (5th), 2002 First Charter (7th), 2001 Life Match (8th), 1998 High and Low (2nd), 1997 Poseidon (8th); 2007 LUCARNO (WON)
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