Friday, 19 August 2011
: Sea Moon and Premio Loco will head to St Leger day at Doncaster chasing different goals.
In winning the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York by eight lengths, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sea Moon
emerged as a potential superstar and left the impression that the extended mile and three quarters at Town Moor next month will be well within his scope.
The Richard Hannon-trained Census
is now 6/1 second-favourite with Ladbrokes, having won the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes on August 13 from the Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther (12/1).Premio Loco
enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2010, winning the Group Two Summer Mile and finishing third to Canford Cliffs in the Group One Sussex Stakes before going down by only half a length to Balthazaar's Gift in the seven-furlong Park Stakes, which is staged under Group One race conditions.
Chris Wall's charge appeared set for another fine season when finishing third once again to star miler Canford Cliffs, this time in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, but after failing to fire at Epsom in June, he has been seen only once since, when an unlucky sixth in the Group Three Sovereign Stakes over a mile at Salisbury on August 11.
Wall revealed today: “Premio Loco ran in the Park Stakes last year and was beaten in a photo-finish. He could head there again, depending on how things work out. The plan is to run him in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood (August 27) and depending on how things go there, we will take a view regarding the Park Stakes.
“He ran very well at Newbury in the spring but he didn't run well at Epsom. At the time, our horses were not as healthy as they should have been so we had to take time to get him fresh and well again.
“When he ran at Salisbury last week, he saw less daylight than the Chilean miners down a hole, so you can't take that as a true form guide - he just never got the chance to get out and get racing.
“We are on a retrieval mission to get him back to his best form but he does like fast ground so if it doesn't rain too much he will probably go to Goodwood and then his next port of call could be Doncaster.
“He is very well and has come out of the Salisbury race in good nick so we will be hopeful that wherever he goes next, he will be able to give his true running.”
Notable entries for the Park Stakes include the Freddy Head-trained Moonlight Cloud, who defeated the James Fanshawe-trained Society Rock to land the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 7. As well as his aforementioned Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes winner, Fanshawe could saddle progressive Group Three winner Deacon Blues, while Marco Botti has the option of running impressive Group Two Hungerford Stakes and German 2,000 Guineas hero Excelebration.
Saturday, September 10, the final day of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, also features the £75,000 Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes (2pm) over seven furlongs, in which crack juveniles Red Duke, Chandlery, Power, Entifaadha and Trumpet Major could appear.
Rebellious Guest, owned by John Guest Racing, holds entries in both the Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes and the six-furlong Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes on the Thursday of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, September 8.
Rebellious Guest has won two of his three starts to date, his only defeat coming when a below par 12th in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. George Margarson's charge bounced back with an impressive victory in a six-furlong conditions race at Windsor on August 8.
The trainer revealed today: “At the moment, we're leaning towards the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury but I am keeping an open mind with regard to the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes. If Rebellious Guest were to go to Doncaster, that would be the race he would go for.
“I am having a meeting with the owner at the end of this week to decide where the horse goes and he is open minded about whether he will go to Doncaster or not.
“Rebellious Guest is a horse that I have taken forward steadily. Tom (Queally) got it wrong at Royal Ascot. To be fair, the horse has a hell of a turn of foot and you have to utilise that. But he jumped very well at Ascot and Tom didn't want to take him back in a big race like that and got caught out. He hit the front two out and it was not the right way to ride him but I still think the horse was probably suffering the effects of the race he had a week earlier. It all came a bit too quick for him and that's why I gave him a long time off.
“He has done very well since and he showed the other day that he has a good change of gears and he looks a nice prospect. Whether he is just a sprinter or not, time will tell. If he gets seven or a mile, he could be a nice horse and I'll be surprised if he doesn't because he settles really well. If he were to get the mile, he could be anything. I wouldn't say he was a Guineas horse but there are plenty of Black Type and Group Three races for a horse of his quality.”
Latest Ladbrokes betting on the Ladbrokes St Leger: Sea Moon
6/4, Census 6/1, Seville 7/1, Masked Marvel 10/1, Blue Bunting 10/1, Brown Panther 12/1, Namibian 14/1, Fiorente 16/1, Marksmanship 25/1, French Navy 25/1, Wonder Of Wonders 25/1, Wild Coco 33/1, Solar Sky 40/1, Laatafreet 40/1, Casamento 50/1, Slumber 50/1, Whiplash Willie 50/1, Apache 66/1, Admiral Of The Red 66/1, Aloeil 66/1, Buthelezi 66/1, Lyric Street 66/1, Dordogne 100/1, Eternal Heart 100/1, Freedom 100/1, Sadlers Risk 100/1, Zain Al Boldan 100/1, Monte Carlo 150/1, Pivotman 200/1, Well Sharp 200/1
Each-way: 1/4 odds 1, 2, 3