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    St Leger 15/9/2012

    Long Term aim for model pupil

    Model Pupil's trainer, Charlie Hills, said: "I'm really pleased with that. It was a big ask stepping up to Group class from a maiden, but he achieved it.

    "I think he's a mile-and-three-quarter horse and we will make the St Leger his main target and aim him at races like the King Edward VII Stakes and the Great Voltigeur along the way."

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    Richard Dunwoody's stats...Gosden the man

    Meeting last week I thought it would be a perfect time to take a quick look ahead to the final Classic of the season – the Ladbrokes St Leger – run in just two weeks time.

    Last week’s Great Voltigeur Stakes at York is always a decent guide with 13 Leger winners landing that race before going onto glory at Doncaster, while in the last 10 years 5 horses had just contested that York race before taking the Leger.

    With that in mind it’s worth keeping last week’s Voltigeur winner, Thought Worthy, on your side should he run in a few weeks, while Main Sequence, Noble Mission, Thomas Chippendale, Encke and Energizer are the others that contested that York trial last Wednesday.

    John Gosden’s Thought Worthy is now around 14/1 in the betting, but the trainer that’s won the final Classic of the season for the past two years does have other leading players in Michelangelo, Shantaram and Great Heavens entered at this stage too.

    It goes without saying that if they all take their chance then a lot will depend of what horse their number one jockey William Buick picks and with them all open to more improvement then that will be no easy task.

    The way Thought Worthy ground it out from the front at York last week suggests he could be even better over another two furlongs, but he didn’t have much to spare at the line with Main Sequence and I’d be surprised if William went for him.

    Shantaram was hugely impressive when winning the Group Three Bahrain Trophy at HQ last time, and is another that looks on the up – especially now being upped to 1m6f. However, he was beaten by Main Sequence in the Lingfield Derby Trial back in May and will, therefore, need to confirm he has improved since.

    Michelangelo was disappointing last time at Goodwood behind Noble Mission in what’s been another good trial race for the Leger – the Gordon Stakes. So, it’s hard to see him reversing that form, but his backers will cling to the fact the horse he beat the time before (Cameron Highland) dotted up in a decent race at Windsor on Saturday night to give that form a big boost.

    The final Gosden horse worth a mention is Great Heavens, who was last seen winning the Irish Oaks by an impressive 3 lengths. She had Epsom Oaks runner-up, Shirocco Star, and Royal Ascot winner, Princess Highway, both in behind that day and based on that effort this would be the most likely ride for William Buick in my eyes. Yes, a lot will depend on the ground come the day as the softer the better for this filly and should the rains continue over the next fortnight then I suspect her current price of around 8/1 (14/1 in places) will vanish as the each-way thieves come out of the woodwork.

    Of course, with all this talk about the strong Gosden hand I’ve not even mentioned the short-priced favourite and this year’s Derby winner – Camelot. It goes without saying he’s clearly the one to beat as he looks to become the first horse since Nijinsky to land the Triple Crown and based on a recent bit of work with stable mate Fame and Glory then he’s going to be hard to beat.

    He’s since added the Irish Derby to his haul of Group One wins this season and with that win coming on an easy surface then he’s also shown that if the ground does come up soft then even that might not stop him cementing his name in the history books.

    In summary, it looks as if John Gosden has more than got Camelot surrounded with a whole host of horses that in any normal year would land this prestigious Classic, but just like Frankel we could having another superstar on our hands in Camelot and I suspect he’ll just have too much toe for this lot and provide O’Brien his third win in the race.

    Key St Leger 10 Year Trends

    10/10 – Placed last time out
    10/10 – Had 2 or 3 previous career wins
    9/10 – Had never raced at Doncaster before
    9/10 – Had 4 or 5 previous runs that season
    8/10 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
    8/10 – Had won a Group race before
    8/10 – Placed favourites
    8/10 – Winning distance of 1 length or more
    7/10 – Had won over at least 1m3f before
    6/10 – Won last time out
    5/10 – Ran in the Great Voltigeur last time out (2 won it)
    4/10 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
    3/10 – Ran in the Gordon Stakes last time out (2 won it)
    3/10 – Won by John Gosden
    3/10 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori
    2/10 – Ridden by William Buick
    0/10 – No winner drawn in stall 1

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    John Gosden, who has made the St Leger his specialist subject in recent seasons, yesterday identified his chief challengers to the odds-on favourite Camelot at Doncaster on Saturday week as Thought Worthy and Michelangelo. Their stablemate Great Heavens, second market choice in most lists since her Irish Oaks success, is likely to miss Doncaster in favour of sticking to her own sex in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp the following day.

    Gosden saddled Arctic Cosmos to victory in 2010 and Masked Marvel last year, in addition to Lucarno in 2007. This year's two front-line contenders will have the services of a pacemaker, Dartford, as their trainer goes for the first hat-trick in the Classic for 172 years. Doubts had already surrounded the stable's fourth high-profile entry, Shantaram, after an interrupted preparation.

    "We'll be talking to owners and managers before making our decisions," said Gosden, "but there will be a pacemaker and two runners, with Thought Worthy and Michelangelo the ones in the mix."

    Thought Worthy, winner of last month's Great Voltigeur Stakes and the most likely mount of stable jockey William Buick, has been cut to 10-1 by St Leger sponsors Ladbrokes to follow in the hoofprints of his brother Lucarno, likewise owned by George Strawbridge.

    Buick confirmed yesterday that he will be able to take part in both Group One features this Saturday, the Sprint Cup at Haydock at 3.25 on the Paul Messara-trained Ortensia and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown at 5.45 on his own yard's Nathaniel. "It's now looking very possible," he said, "I'll be getting a helicopter from one course to the other, and I'm looking forward to it."

    Sheikh Mohammed has continued his traditional annual headhunt of smart two-year-olds with the recruitment of Reckless Abandon, who took his unbeaten run to four in last month's Prix Morny.

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    MAIN SEQUENCE will be among the opposition trying to deny Camelot in his Triple Crown bid in this Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger after pleasing connections in his last big work-out.

    The David Lanigan-trained colt finished second to Aidan O’Brien’s potential history maker in the Investec Derby at Epsom and connections were mulling over whether to take on the odds-on favourite at Town Moor or head to Longchamp on Sunday for the Prix Niel instead.

    But it seems following a Saturday work-out Main Sequence – who is a best-priced 8-1 second favourite behind Camelot with several bookmakers including Coral, BlueSquare and Skybet – will take his chance in the final Classic of the season.

    Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: “He worked very nicely yesterday and he’s on course to go to Doncaster for the St Leger all being well.

    “He’s a very good horse and the plan is to run there and the Prix Niel is there in case we need it.

    “The Leger is the objective and the Classic over one mile and six furlongs is about staying. The horse is very well and David is pleased with him.”

    Since his Derby defeat by Camelot Main Sequence was an unlucky fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp and second at York in the Great Voltigeur Stakes behind John Gosden’s Thought Worthy, who is also expected to line up on Saturday.

    Gosden, meanwhile, is looking forward to a crack at next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Nathaniel, where he could renew rivalries with Snow Fairy, who beat him in Saturday’s Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

    Nathaniel won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on his seasonal return. But the four-year-old has lost nothing in two defeats, first by a nose to Danedream when trying to defend his crown in the King George and then on Saturday.

    Gosden is now looking forward to a trip to Paris on October 7.

    The Newmarket trainer said: “He’s in good order. He ate up last night, had a lead out this morning and he’s on the ferry coming home.

    “I’m thrilled with him as he ran a superb race, I’m really happy with him. We were using it as a prep for the Arc, so let’s hope all goes well in the lead-up to Longchamp.“

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    Johnny Murtagh is likely to team up with Ursa Major as he seeks to win the Ladbrokes St Leger for the first time at Doncaster on Saturday.

    The Irish jockey is set to get the leg up on the Tommy Carmody-trained colt after connections confirmed plans to go for the world's oldest Classic.

    The son of Galileo also holds an entry in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger at the Curragh the same day, but owner Andrew Tinkler will instead rely on Royal Diamond in that particular contest.

    "We've made the decision to head for Doncaster (with Ursa Major) and let him take his chance against his own age group," said Tinkler's racing manager, Tim Jones.

    "He's done absolutely nothing wrong up until now and appears to be very progressive.

    "He did his final piece of work this morning in advance of the weekend. It all went very well, so it's all systems go for Doncaster.

    "I think Johnny will ride him."

    Ursa Major has made great strides since making his racecourse debut in March.

    After winning one and finishing second twice in his first three starts, he won two handicaps in good style before winning the Group Three Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh last month.

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    Donn a while back ....


    ursa Major

    It was easy to be impressed with the manner in which Ursa Major won the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial at The Curragh on Saturday, beating the really likeable John Oxx colt Hartani.

    Dropped in last of the five runners, Tommy Carmody’s horse settled well for Fergal Lynch, tracking Hartani, the slight odds-on favourite, the whole way. He just had to be urged along for a few strides as they climbed towards the five-furlong marker, but he quickly came back on the bridle and he travelled strongly around the home turn. Pat Smullen switched Hartani off the inside, but Lynch stuck to the inside rail and got a lovely split through. Pulled around the two John Oxx runners at the top of the home straight, he quickly ranged up alongside Hartani and it was evident he was going much the better when they passed the two-furlong pole.

    Given how well Hartani had stayed on to win the Curragh Cup on his previous run, it was just a question of whether Ursa Major had enough in reserve to hold off the battling grey. Lynch was able to get him to the front without having to really ask him for too much, and it was only inside the final 100 yards, once his mount had already started to forge on, that he resorted to his whip.

    This was Ursa Major’s first run for two months and his trainer had warned beforehand that the horse would probably benefit from the run, so it is feasible that there is even more to come from him now, although it is worth bearing in mind that Hartani had been off for a similar time himself. This run proved he stayed a mile and three quarters well, he is really progressive and probably still under-rated on the back of this. He will be a player in whichever St Leger he contests, and 25/1 about him for the Doncaster version would look very big if that race were to emerge as his target.

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    St Leger-winning jockey George Duffield believes the rivals of odds-on favourite Camelot on Saturday are merely running for place money.

    The rider, who won the Classic on Clive Brittain-trained User Friendly in 1992, said: ‘I can’t see any chinks in his armour. I known they are running over a mile and six furlongs but if they ride Camelot for speed, he is a quality horse. He has won a Guineas over a mile and the Derby over a mile and a half. He has got class. If they produce him in the last furlong, he will win hands down.’

    Duffield, 65, who now assists his trainer wife Ann, is joined by three other former Leger winning jockeys - Mick Kinane, John Reid and Kevin Darley - in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes on the opening day of Doncaster’s Leger meeting.
    Odds-on favourite: Camelot

    Odds-on favourite: Camelot

    With the focus of breeders on speed, there have been times since Nijinsky became the last Triple Crown winner in 1970 that the Legers existence in its current form has been questioned.

    But Duffield feels if Camelot can emulate him by adding to his two other Classc victories, it will also be a huge fillip to a race which has regained fresh momentum.

    Duffield added: ‘The Leger did become a no-go race. Nobody was too fussed about winning it. It was about staying horse and people were worried they were just going to produce stallions that sired jumpers.

    ‘But if you have won a Guineas and Derby, you have proved you have speed. I can’ t see how winning it will detracts from Camelot’s ability as a racehorse.’

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    Joseph O'Brien:

    "Camelot is an exceptional horse with a brilliant turn of foot. Whether he will stay a mile and three quarters, that's the big question and nobody knows the answer until Saturday. It may only be just over two furlongs further than he has been before but that is still a lot.

    "Camelot is still learning and has not had as much racing as some horses of his age.

    "He is a jockey's dream to ride as everything comes naturally to him. You let him come alive in your hands and he is actually very easy to ride. He is just unbelievable and is not like any other horse I have ever ridden.

    "Camelot loves his racing and knows he is one of the best. He has a great outlook on life. I remember after he won at Epsom, he just looked at the cameras and pricked his ears. I know I am very lucky just to have anything to do with him.

    "I have been riding since ever I can remember. I used to ride out before going to school and ride ponies when I got home. Dad always said to me don't let school interfere with your education.

    "I have to follow a regime to keep my weight down but it's not too bad. If I am riding, I will usually eat the night before and then just have some fruit and water in the morning.

    "I am very, very lucky in that I am riding such good horses so I don't have to ride too light. When you are actually riding, the adrenaline really gives you a good feeling and you don't get tired.

    "Being a jockey is all I ever wanted to do. I passed my exams but didn't really like school.

    "The Triple Crown would be a dream come true. I have seen the videos of Nijinsky II and Lester Piggott and if Camelot could emulate that it would be unbelievable.

    "There are no certainties in racing though and we just don't know about the extra distance in the St. Leger.

    "Camelot always had a lofty reputation at the sales and as a yearling.

    "To be associated with him is a dream come true."

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    idan O'Brien:

    "Camelot will work at half speed from tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 11) onwards and will travel to Doncaster on Saturday. Everything has been good so far, although there are always worries.

    "We always had it in our heads that he would have three or four runs this year. After Epsom, our grass gallop was flooded and all his work was on the woodchip.

    "When he ran in the Irish Derby, I don't think I have ever known the ground so heavy at the Curragh. He runs very low to the ground, not rising much, so it was very touch and go whether he would run. He went through the race very easily, only racing for two furlongs„Ÿhe just couldn't quicken in the same way that day.

    "We gave him a good break and his weight started to increase which was unusual. He will be heavier for the St. Leger than he has been going into any other race but with 3-year-olds they often don't change until later in the year.

    "His body is built more like a miler in that he is round and strong as opposed to angular and lean. That is a little thing that would be in your mind.

    "After his races, he just stands there and doesn't blow which is very unusual. Most horse are bit agitated after a race. I think he must have a tremendous heart and lung capacity.

    "The horse is a very independent thinker. He is very sharp minded, very intelligent, and very relaxed. If he was in a barn of 40 horses and some horses started messing, usually the barn would go mad but he wouldn't.

    "When most horses walk off they need other horses with them but he does not mind being by himself. He doesn't look for company and makes his own mind up about things.

    "We are in the zone where you don't want to talk about things„Ÿyou just want to keep everything smooth. None of us know what is going to happen tomorrow. Accidents never just happen, they are always caused along the line. There is always a list of circumstances which cause accidents.

    "We just have to try and cover everything. It is a fickle time but we just have to stay focused.

    "We have to prioritize„Ÿwe think Camelot is like no other horse. Who knows what is going to happen„Ÿwe don't take anything for granted. We will do our very best. It's all we can do.

    "We knew that Sue (Magnier) had the name Camelot for 10 years, since the last Derby winner and we were not going to influence her in any way. She made her own mind up about it.

    "It is a mystical kind of name and everything about this horse has not been normal.

    "We (O'Brien and his wife Annemarie) breed horses„Ÿyou don't look for just speed anymore, it is class you look for (in stallions). They have to have speed, stamina and courage„Ÿthey are the three most important things when you are breeding horses. The Ladbrokes St. Leger will expose the last two.

    "Camelot has always done things of another standard„Ÿdifferent to any other horse. He showed his versatility from the start and anything he was asked to do he did.

    "Everything about this horse is different . He is obviously flesh and blood but you wonder as there is a different vibe around this horse. He is a different kind of a character. He is just not like the normal horse that is made from flesh and blood - there is a bigger aura around him.

    "That has been evident from day one when we saw him at the sales. The lads (John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith) were whispering about him, saying not to go and see him, as he was obviously going through the ring. He was highly thought of before he even got here. You did not have to be a rocket scientist to see he was different.

    "We have had a lot of horses since we came here and many have failed their tests and not got near the final exam, or we never dreamt of asking them to sit because we did not think there was any chance of them passing it.

    "He is very unusual. To be going for the Triple Crown is something I could never dream of happening. There are still days to go and then we will see what happens. That is the reality of it.

    "I heard Lester (Piggott) saying the Leger was nearly two miles and you are asking a Guineas winner to run two miles, pulling him way beyond his comfort zone. There are a lot of things that could happen.

    "We take every day as it comes and try and do our best to have him as good as we can have him. That's all we really can do. He nearly has to be a Gold Cup horse to get that trip.

    "Our experience of having Guineas horses and the different trip horses shows that when they go beyond a mile and a half that is when real stamina has to kick in.

    " Some horses go there and it takes so much out of them they never go back there. Extreme distance can break hearts. The Triple Crown is the full test of the 3-year-old.

    "We are delighted with any pleasure that Camelot gives. His Triple Crown attempt is exciting and something to look forward to.

    "Joseph knows Camelot better than anybody and he will go out there and do his own thing. It will be an interesting day.

    "I try not to think about, living in the present. We have been privileged to have this horse and be part of it.

    "I can do a lot of harm to him between now and then (Saturday)! So far so good and we have another four days after today.

    "His coat is very tight, he is very happy, and he is very fresh still - hopefully that will be good enough. I am never confident, but always hopeful and that is the way it has to be. When you are competing in these top races on a regular basis that is all you can be. There are so many things that can happen and go wrong. We are very lucky to have a very serious horse which is a massive factor.

    "The Triple Crown is a dream - what has changed with the lads is originally they wanted to make stallions and got them off to stud quick. Now it is make a stallion and expose him because they have a lot of mares. I suppose things have moved on. People are not so forgiving as they were and want to see horses being tested. The lads are prepared to race on the older horses and that previously did not happen.

    "There are an awful lot more disappointments and you do your best. Sometimes it is good enough, sometimes it is not. When it is not you try and analyze why not, move on and try not to dwell on it.

    "Camelot does not blow after his races and he comes out of them very well which is very unusual too."

    "We always want that (to race Camelot as a 4-year-old) but I know for the breed he is very unique and very important. Personally, we want him to race on because that is what we do but I know he is unique and always there is a danger that something could happen to him. It could happen in a paddock but when you are training them, they are more at risk. It would be a dream come true if he was still around next year.

    "Nothing has been discussed past the Leger and everyone is even afraid to talk to each other.

    "I would imagine they would go a good even gallop in the Leger but everyone has to do what they think suits their own horses.

    "His training regime has not changed since the Guineas. He was probably trained a lot harder for the Derby because we were on the grass but we have been on woodchips since then which is easier.

    "The old adage was class outs but I don't know. This is a big test. We could have given him a race, at York or somewhere, but instead we gave him a proper piece of work at Leopardstown. They went a good gallop and worked a mile and a half. Fame And Glory took him along after the lead horse. Camelot needed it then (about three weeks ago).

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    No Classic anywhere across the globe can boast a history to rival that of the St Leger, which has been staged since 1776.



    The race is named after a local sportsman, Anthony St Leger, who lived at Park Hill near Doncaster and had the idea of a race for three-year-olds, colts carrying 8st and fillies 7st 12lb, over two miles.

    A field of six runners lined up for the first race on 24 September, 1776, with an unnamed filly by Sampson (later called Allabaculia) owned by the two time prime minister, the Marquess of Rockingham, beating Colonel St Leger's filly by Trusty.

    The race did not have a title in 1778, when Rockingham proposed that it should carry St Leger's name, and it was in the same year that the event moved to the present site on Doncaster's Town Moor, with the first two runnings having been staged at nearby Cantley Common.

    Trainer/jockey John Mangle, known as 'Crying Jackie' for his habit of bursting into tears when beaten, won five of the 18th century renewals, while Champion, owned by Yorkshireman Christopher Wilson, in 1800 became the first Derby winner to go on to St Leger glory, helping enhance the race's stature. The Classic's distance was shortened to one mile, six furlongs and 193 yards in 1813.

    West Australian, trained in Malton by John Scott, became the first winner of the Triple Crown, encompassing the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger, in 1853, a feat that only 14 other horses have achieved since, most recently Nijinsky in 1970.

    The brilliant Ormonde, winner of the three Classics in 1886, was another to reach the landmark and, for many, the Duke of Westminster's home bred, one of Fred Archer's six St Leger winners, figures among the greatest ever thoroughbreds.

    The opening years of the 20th century were a tremendous era in turf history with the remarkable filly Sceptre, who had won the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Oaks and finished fourth in the Derby, going on to win the 1902 St Leger.

    Two years later, another brilliant filly was cheered into the Doncaster winner's enclosure. Pretty Polly had won the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes as well as the 'St Leger for fillies', the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster, before landing the final Classic.

    Hyperion was another great winner in 1933. He came to Doncaster unbeaten in three runs that season, having triumphed in the Chester Vase, Derby and Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, and made all to beat a very strong field, which included the winners of the French and Irish Derbys, in good style. The Aga Khan's Bahram was probably the best of the owner's six St Leger winners, trained by Frank Butters to win all nine races he contested, including the 1935 Triple Crown.

    The First World War saw the St Leger run at Newmarket from 1915–1918, while during the Second World War it took place at Thirsk in 1940, Manchester in 1941, Newmarket from 1942–1944 and at York in 1945.

    The 1939 race was the only St Leger not run, while the 1989 renewal was held at Ayr, when the ground was considered unfit on Town Moor and the 2006 renewal was run at York due to the redevelopment of Doncaster.

    Post-war racegoers heading to Doncaster in 1946 witnessed another great winner when the grey Airborne followed up on his Derby success, something achieved by Tulyar (1952) and Never Say Die (1954), who set the record winning margin of 12 lengths, and St Paddy (1960) shortly afterwards.

    Alcide was the wide margin victor in 1958, winning by eight lengths, and the great Irish horse Ragusa came home at least six lengths clear of his rivals five years later.

    Lester Piggott, St Paddy's rider, was to take the Classic eight times but none of his winners were better than the Vincent O'Brien-trained Nijinsky, the most recent Triple Crown winner, who drew a huge crowd to Doncaster when winning in 1970.

    There was no more appropriate or popular winner than the Queen's Dunfermline in 1977, who followed up on her Oaks success in the year of her owner's Silver Jubilee and defeated subsequent dual Arc de Triomphe victor Alleged in the process.

    Touching Wood signalled the arrival of the Maktoum family as a major force in world racing when scoring in the late Sheikh Maktoum's colours in 1982, while that emergence was emphasised when Sheikh Mohammed's Oh So Sharp completed the fillies' Triple Crown (1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger) in 1985.

    Reference Point in 1987 was the most recent Derby winner to follow up in the St Leger, while the last French-trained winner of the St Leger was Toulon from the Andre Fabre stable in 1991. The star filly User Friendly, the 1992 Oaks heroine, provided her Yorkshire born jockey George Duffield with a first St Leger success.

    Classic Cliche gave Godolphin, the Maktoum family’s racing operation, an initial St Leger win in 1995, when scoring under Frankie Dettori, while the royal blue colours have also been carried to victory aboard Nedawi in 1998, Mutafaweq the following year and most recently by Rule Of Law in 2004.

    Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien enjoyed his first St Leger victory when sending out Milan to success in 2001.

    The 2002 St Leger produced a hugely popular result when Bollin Eric, trained near Malton by Tim Easterby, became the first Yorkshire-trained winner of Yorkshire's Classic since Peleid in 1973.

    Aidan O'Brien won the great race in 2003 for a second time when Brian Boru scored under Jamie Spencer. The Ballydoyle handler made it three wins in 2005, when Scorpion powered home by a length under Frankie Dettori.

    The 2006 renewal at York was won by Sixties Icon, who saw off The Last Drop and Red Rocks (successful later that season in the Breeders' Cup Turf) to provide trainer Jeremy Noseda with his first English Classic victory. The winner provided Frankie Dettori with his fourth success in the race.

    The 2007 race saw jockey Jimmy Fortune enjoy his first Classic success when partnering the John Gosden-trained Lucarno to a length victory over the Ballydoyle duo of Mahler and Honolulu. For the handler, it was a second win in the Classic, having been successful with Shantou in 1993.

    Despite saddling 25 runners in the contest, no less than five of whom finished runner-up, the St Leger was the only Classic to have eluded the then nine-time champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute. However, that statistic finally changed in 2008 when Conduit prevailed. Having been deserted by stable jockey Ryan Moore, Conduit gave Frankie Dettori a fifth success in the race, making him the most successful current jockey.

    The Ballymacoll Stud-owned colt went on to prove himself one of the best recent winners of the St Leger with two victories in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the USA and the 2009 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

    Having picked up the lucrative ride on Conduit a year earlier, in 2009 it was Frankie Dettori who made the wrong decision as he partnered the 9/4 favourite Kite Wood for his main employer Godolphin. However, Kite Wood was unable to hold back the challenge of stablemate Mastery, who prevailed by three-quarters of a length under Ted Durcan, and gave trainer Saeed bin Suroor his fifth training triumph.

    Arctic Cosmos provided Gosden with a third Ladbrokes St Leger success in 2010, while it was a first British
    Classic victory for his jockey William Buick. For good measure, Arctic Cosmos was part-owned by Gosden’s wife and current ROA president Rachel Hood.

    No other Classic can boast such a long and illustrious history and who knows what the 235th running will produce on Saturday, 10 September, 2011, over a mile, six furlongs and 132 yard

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