Excess Knowledge and Galileo Rock top the St Leger at Doncaster after a final field of 11 was declared this morning for the final Classic of the season on Saturday.
Galileo Rock, trained in Ireland by David Wachman will not run unless the going becomes faster.
Today’s going description of Good to Soft is too soft for the three-year-old son of Galileo, who has been placed in two Classics already this year.
Wachman said today: “Galileo Rock will be declared for the GAIN Irish St Leger, which is run on Sunday at the Curragh, and a decision on which race to go for will be delayed until tomorrow evening.
“I want very much to run Galileo Rock in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster because of its prestige, prize money and the fact it is confined to three-year-olds.”
Feel Like Dancing, Eye Of The Storm and London Bridge have been taken out of the Group One race which means that William Buick, who has previously won the race on Masked Marvel (2011) and Arctic Cosmos (2010), is free to continue his partnership with Investec Derby runner-up Libertarian (8/1), who was bought after the Epsom Classic by Godolphin.
Godolphin also runs Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes winner Cap O’Rushes (20/1) as well as Secret Number (16/1) in the richest-ever running of the Ladbrokes St Leger.
Aidan O’Brien runs two horses in the extended one mile, six-furlong event as he aims to land his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger having won the race in the past with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). Royal Ascot winner Leading Light (4/1 from 5/1) will be ridden by Joseph O’Brien while Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur runner-up Foundry (5/1) will be ridden by Ryan Moore.
Talent (10/1 from 12/1) has been popular with the sponsors after the ground eased on Town Moor yesterday and with Ralph Beckett set to appear on Channel 4′s cherished Morning Line programme, Ladbrokes’ David Williams expects there to be more support for the Investec Oaks winner.
“The anticipated support for Talent arrived with the rain at Doncaster and there’s every reason for thinking her price could contract even further,” said the firm’s spokesman David Williams.
“If we get any more rain on Town Moor, she looks certain to start a single-figure price.”
Great Hall (25/1), Havana Beat (33/1) and Ralston Road (100/1) make up the 11-strong field. Scorpion (2005) was the last Irish-trained winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger and the sponsors make it a 4/5 chance that Ireland capture the Group One event once more.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports said “After Leading Light landed the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, he was heavily supported for this race, but we have also seen a steady flow of support for his stable mate Foundry.”
He added “As a result of this, our book is well balanced with some interesting each-way support coming for Libertarian.”