Doncaster

  • 15:50 Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes 1m 6f 132y

  • Winner £340,260 2nd £129,000 3rd £64,560 4th £32,160
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 9.20s
  • Off time: 15:50:48
15:50 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Leading Light (IRE) 7/2
2nd Talent 9/1
3rd Galileo Rock (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (10) 2-34416 Royal blue Cap O'rushes 24
Nag me
3 9-0 C Appleby M Barzalona 110 20/121.00
2 (11) 127-32 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Excess Knowledge 45
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 J H M Gosden James Doyle 107 11/26.50
3 (9) 1-2 Dark Blue Foundry (IRE) 24
Nag me
3 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 5/16.00
4 (1) 15-332 Yellow, red chevrons, hooped cap Galileo Rock (IRE) 77
Nag me
3 9-0 D Wachman W M Lordan 117 6/17.00
5 (3) 7-611 Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Great Hall 72
Nag me
3 9-0 B J Meehan K Fallon 98 20/121.00
6 (6) 1-43537 White, Emerald Green hoops, Dark Blue sleeves and cap Havana Beat (IRE) 45
Nag me
3 9-0 A M Balding L P Keniry 100 40/141.00
7 (7) 41-111 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Leading Light (IRE) 85
Nag me
3 9-0 p A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 110 7/24.50
8 (2) 14128 Royal Blue, Red cap Libertarian 77
Nag me
3 9-0 p1 C Appleby W Buick 117 5/16.00
9 (8) 211870 Black, Red epaulets, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Ralston Road (IRE) 28
Nag me
3 9-0 J P Shanahan T P O'Shea 98 100/1101.00
10 (5) 136453 Royal blue, white cap Secret Number 24
Nag me
3 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 108 11/112.00
11 (4) 31-117 Grey and White stripes, Red cap Talent 56
Nag me
3 8-11 R M Beckett Jim Crowley 114 9/110.00

Verdict

Recent rain has cast a real doubt over Galileo Rock's participation though the Epsom Derby third, who was second in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh subsequently, has won on soft ground. Libertarian finished a short-head ahead of Galileo Rock at Epsom having taken an age to find his stride but then disappointed badly in the Irish Derby in his first start for Godolphin. Charlie Appleby also runs Cap O'Rushes, who finished fourth at the Curragh before beating the progressive Excess Knowledge on good to soft ground in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. But the fifth that day, SECRET NUMBER, got no sort of run and was staying on well in the closing stages and was again doing his best work at the finish when third in the Great Voltigeur at York, just behind the less-exposed Foundry but well ahead of Havana Beat. Aidan O'Brien's charge has more scope but Saeed bin Suroor's colt looks the value at the likely odds as his trainer knows what it takes to land this. Ballydoyle also have Leading Light in the line-up bidding for a five-timer. He's unbeaten this year but the Queen's Vase winner is taking on better horses now while Oaks heroine Talent hasn't been seen since running a shocker at the Curragh in June and no filly has won the world's oldest classic form more than 20 years. Great Hall and Ralston Road are likely to find this a big ask.