Chippendale set for Leger
Success would be a dream for local owner
Last Updated: September 7, 2012 12:12pm
Thomas Chippendale: Set to run in the St Leger
Sir Henry Cecil's Thomas Chippendale is on course for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster later this month.
Owned by Yorkshireman Sir Robert Ogden, the son of Dansili won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot before only finishing fifth of six behind Thought Worthy in the Great Voltigeur Stakes last month.
However, connections feel the York race was not run to suit and expect a better display, although concede it will be a tall order taking on the Triple Crown-seeking Camelot.
"Thomas Chippendale, we are pretty certain, will be a declared runner for the St Leger," said the owner's racing manager, Barry Simpson.
"Sir Robert being a Yorkshireman would very much love to win the Ladbrokes St Leger.
"Our view was that things didn't run right for us in the Voltigeur and it probably wasn't a true test, but if you take the favourite (Camelot) out of the race we go in there with a chance.
"Camelot is obviously a good horse and will be difficult for any horse to beat. He is the horse to beat, and we are there chasing places rather than winning it, but nevertheless it is a great opportunity for him to run.
"They are forecasting a bit of rain next week, so it should potentially be good ground and providing the ground is suitable he will take his chance.
"I don't think we have got any concerns about staying the trip. You've got to stay the trip in the St Leger and we are pretty confident he will."