Leger claims on line in Gordon
Last Updated: 30/07/14 2:30pm
Snow Sky: Progressed since his Royal Ascot run.
View from connections ahead of the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday.
The picture for the Ladbrokes St Leger could become a littler clearer after the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday as all eight runners hold entries in the Doncaster Classic.
Though none of the eight are as yet towards the head of the betting for the Town Moor showpiece on September 13, a lively contender may come out of this Group Three contest.
Two of them, Scotland and Snow Sky, meet for the second successive time after filling third and fourth places behind Eagle Top in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer Andrew Balding believes his charge, Scotland, has decent claims as long as he copes with the track.
"He ran very well in the King Edward VII and he's in good form," said the Kingsclere handler.
"This is a very different track to handle, but if he is effective on the track he's obviously got a chance on the strength of his Ascot run."
Snow Sky was only half a length behind Scotland and connections were happy with the performance as it was his first run since he was forced to miss the Investec Derby.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt had put himself in line for Epsom with victory over Hartnell in the Lingfield Derby Trial.
"He had a little setback just before the Derby and didn't run in it," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
"He ran decently enough at Royal Ascot but has progressed since as he will need to. He comes into the race in good form."
Richard Hannon is hoping the race will be a guide as to future plans for Windshear, who has won two of his six career starts and finished second in the other four.
"Windshear is a smashing horse who has just been unlucky to come up against the likes of Cannock Chase, Elite Army and Hartnell in his last three races," the Marlborough trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"He has 5lb and three-parts of a length to find with Cloudscape from their form at Newmarket earlier in the season, but we think he deserves to dip his toes in with this sort of company, and how he fares will determine which route we should take."
George Baker is looking forward to getting the leg up on Observational for trainer Roger Charlton.
"He's pretty lightly-raced and he's stepping up in class but he has been improving," the jockey told At The Races.
Somewhat belied his odds of 100/1 when third to Mukhadram in the Coral-Eclipse when he acted as pacemaker.
He bids to show that run was no fluke and his trainer Mark Johnston feels a repetition of that performance would make him the horse to beat.
"If he can reproduce his Eclipse form he'll take a lot of beating," said the Middleham handler.