33 for Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster

 Entries are revealed today for the final Classic of the season, the Ladbrokes St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Saturday, September 13. 9 Irish-trained horses are entered in the race.

 Run over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Group One contest boasts a record prize fund of £650,000 in 2014 (up from £600,000 in 2013).

Two of the past four Ladbrokes St Leger winners have been trained by John Gosden – Arctic Cosmos (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011) – and the Newmarket handler has won the final Classic four times in total. Gosden looks to hold another strong hand this year with Investec Derby thirdRomsdal (5/1 joint-favourite with Ladbrokes) and Group Two King Edward VII Stakes victor Eagle Top (6/1) starring among his five entries. The Gosden-trained quintet also includes Cloudscape(14/1), who stayed on well when fourth in the 10-furlong Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, impressive Doncaster maiden scorer Forever Now (16/1) and Marzocco (25/1), who stayed on to take fifth in the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on July 13.

Observational (16/1) will test his Ladbrokes St Leger credentials in the 12-furlong Group Three Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 30.

The Roger Charlton-trained colt stayed on dourly to capture the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes by a neck from Marzocco at the same course in May, but missed the Investec Derby with a bad scope and has not run since.

Charlton reported: “We have entered Observational in the Ladbrokes St Leger and it’s a race we are looking at.

“Everything is fine with him. He will go for the Gordon Stakes next and we will see how he gets on there before deciding if he needs another run before the St Leger.

“I would not be too concerned about stepping up in trip.”

The Goodwood contest has produced four Ladbrokes St Leger heroes since the turn of the century courtesy of Encke (2012), Arctic Cosmos (2010), Conduit (2008) and Sixties Icon (2006). It forms part of the Neptune Investment Management-backed ‘Road to the St Leger’ series, which also features the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 20.

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien saddled his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger winner last year with Leading Light and has seven entries in 2014, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle septet includes Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher (14/1) plus Listed scorer Indian Maharaja (40/1)and impressive maiden winner Granddukeoftuscany (14/1). Other possible starters for O’Brien are Adjusted(40/1), Annus Mirabilis (50/1), Blue Hussar (40/1) and Buonarroti (25/1), who was fifth at Doncaster last season in the Group One Racing Post Trophy.

In addition to O’Brien’s seven entries, there are a further two entries from Ireland. John Oxx has entered the Christopher Tsui-owned Streetcar To Stars (33/1), a son of Sea The Stars who was narrowly denied in a 12-furlong Listed race at Leopardstown in June before gaining a comfortable success in a 10-furlong maiden at the Curragh later the same month. The Ladbrokes St Leger is the one English Classic to have eluded Jim Bolger and the trainer has entered dual handicap scorerWexford Town (33/1), a full-brother to last year’s Irish Derby hero Trading Leather.

No current trainer has won the Ladbrokes St Leger more times than Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor who has five victories to his name, most recently Mastery in 2009. Bin Suroor’s four entries in 2014 include Elite Army (6/1), impressive winner of the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot andTrue Story (16/1), who was last seen out when fifth in the Group One Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on July 5. The lightly-raced Arabian Revolution (33/1) and Winter Thunder (16/1) complete the Godolphin quartet.

Sir Michael Stoute famously broke his Ladbrokes St Leger duck with Conduit in 2008 and has a pair of interesting contenders in Listed Lingfield Derby Trial victor Snow Sky (16/1) and the unexposedKings Fete (14/1).

Kingston Hill (5/1 joint-favourite) enjoyed the biggest victory of his career at Doncaster in October, 2013, when he was successful in the Group One Racing Post Trophy. The son of Mastercraftsman went on to defeat all bar Australia in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs this season and is one of two entries for Roger Varian along with Ayrad (50/1), who was last seen out when disappointing in the French Derby at Chantilly in June.

Leading Light won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot en route to Ladbrokes St Leger glory last year and the winner of that two-mile Listed contest in 2014 was Hartnell (7/1). The Mark Johnston-trained colt has gone on to advertise his Ladbrokes St Leger credentials by landing the Group Three Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 10, when he defeated the Richard Hannon-trained Windshear(16/1). Johnston could also be represented by Somewhat (25/1), who belied his 100/1 starting price when third in the Group One Eclipse Stakes and Alex My Boy (33/1).

Andrew Balding has made entries for Scotland (25/1), who was a staying-on third behind Eagle Top at Royal Ascot and Impulsive Moment (33/1), last seen out when third in the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton on July 18.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Galileo (33/1) came from way off the pace to take fifth in the Investec Derby, while the entries are completed by Min Alemarat (Marco Botti, 16/1), Odeon (James Given, 50/1) and Astronereus (Amanda Perrett, 25/1).

There is a scratchings’ stage for the Ladbrokes St Leger on Tuesday, August 26. The five-day confirmation stage is on Monday, September 8, when there is also a £50,000 supplementary entry stage.

The Ladbrokes St Leger is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Entries for the Group Two Champagne Stakes and the Group Two OLBG Park Stakes, which are both staged on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, July 24.

Ladbrokes St Leger – Ladbrokes bet: 5/1 Kingston Hill, Romsdal; 6/1 Eagle Top, Elite Army; 7/1 Hartnell; 14/1 Kingfisher, Cloudscape, Kings Fete, Granddukeoftuscany; 16/1 Snow Sky, True Story, Winter Thunder, Windshear, Min Alemarat, Observational, Forever Now; 25/1 Somewhat, Astronereus, Marzocco, Scotland, Buonarroti; 33/1 Red Galileo, Impulsive Moment, Wexford Town, Arabian Revolution, Alex My Boy, Streetcar To Stars; 40/1 Adjusted, Blue Hussar, Indian Maharaja; 50/1 Ayrad, Odeon, Annus Mirabilis

 The Ladbrokes St Leger

£650,000 Total Prize Fund, Group 1, part of the British Champions Series. Doncaster, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1m 6f 132yds. For three-year-old entire colts (9st 1lb) & fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed Tuesday, July 22, entries revealed Wednesday, July 23 (33 entries). Scratchings deadline August 26, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 8, final declarations 10am September 11.

Horse Owner Trainer
ADJUSTED (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
ALEX MY BOY (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mark Johnston
ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
ARABIAN REVOLUTION Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ASTRONEREUS (IRE) John Connolly & Odile Griffith Amanda Perrett
AYRAD (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Roger Varian
BLUE HUSSAR (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
BUONARROTI (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CLOUDSCAPE (IRE) Lady Rothschild John Gosden
EAGLE TOP Lady Bamford John Gosden
ELITE ARMY Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FOREVER NOW Lady Bamford John Gosden
GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) Triermore Stud/Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
HARTNELL Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
IMPULSIVE MOMENT (IRE) Weston Brook Farm Bromfield & Whitaker Andrew Balding
INDIAN MAHARAJA (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
KINGFISHER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
KINGS FETE Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
KINGSTON HILL Paul Smith Roger Varian
MARZOCCO (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
MIN ALEMARAT (IRE) Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Marco Botti
OBSERVATIONAL Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
ODEON Alex Owen James Given
RED GALILEO The Hon Ronnie Arculli Ed Dunlop
ROMSDAL H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
SCOTLAND (GER) Fitri Hay Andrew Balding
SNOW SKY Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
SOMEWHAT (USA) Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
STREETCAR TO STARS Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
TRUE STORY Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
WINDSHEAR Michael Daniels Richard Hannon
WINTER THUNDER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

33 entries

9 Irish-trained

 About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster’s social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 10 through to Saturday, September 13 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event – the Ladbrokes St Leger – takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The Festival also features a number of high-class supporting races, highlights being the John Smith’s Original Scarbrough Stakes and Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Charity Race on John Smith’s Opening Day (Wednesday), the Park Hill Stakes on Ladies’ Day (Thursday), the Doncaster Cup on Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day (Friday), plus the Champagne Stakes and OLBG Park Stakes on Saturday.