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Char­lie McCann eyes up the St Leger

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Char­lie looks for each-way value in the St Leger

The Gt Voltigeur Stakes at York over the Ebor meet­ing is al­most uni­ver­sally re­garded as the pre­mier trial for the Lad­brokes St Leger and this year’s win­ner Idaho ce­mented his place at the head of the mar­ket for the Don­caster clas­sic with an em­phatic win on the Knavesmire.

Third in the Derby and run­ner up in the Ir­ish equiv­a­lent Idaho is the class act in the field but at 6/4 with BetVic­tor and the spon­sors he is worth op­pos­ing as I am not con­vinced he is cry­ing out for a step up in trip.

Trainer Ai­dan O’Brien, who is bid­ding for a fifth win in the old­est clas­sic, hinted af­ter the Voltigeur that the colt would be held up to get the trip at Don­caster which sug­gests con­nec­tions them­selves are not con­vinced the colt will get the ex­tended 1m 6f trip.The colt didn’t look at home on the rat­tling fast ground at York and a bit of cut in the ground would help in south York­shire, but there is lit­tle in his pedi­gree other than class, that sug­gests he wants a thor­ough test of stamina.

Sec­ond in the bet­ting is Mun­ta­haa who only has a Kemp­ton maiden win from four ca­reer starts to his name but looked to be cry­ing out for a step up in trip when third in the King Ed­ward VII Stakes at the Royal meet­ing last time.

That form is not yet good enough, even in what could be a sub-stan­dard year but, at the time of writ­ing, the grey is de­clared to run in a valu­able listed hand­i­cap at Ch­ester over a sim­i­lar trip to the Leger and we should know more about the clas­sic cre­den­tials of the John Gos­den- trained colt af­ter that run.

My two against the field both con­tested the same four-run­ner Cocked Hat Stakes at Good­wood back in May when David Sim­cock’s Al­gome­ter out­stayed Godol­phin’s Prize Money with Andrew Bald­ing’s Or­mito stay­ing on back in third.

Al­gome­ter (16/1 with BetVic­tor) has not been seen since fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the Derby be­hind Harzand beaten 14l hav­ing trav­elled well into the race un­til be­ing done for a turn of foot in­side the last two fur­longs. The grey looked in need of an end-to-end gal­lop and a bit of give in the ground at Good­wood and he will go to Town Moor fresher than most.The colt is a half-brother to five pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clud­ing thor­ough stayer Al­wilda and the hope is that he can im­prove for the step up in dis­tance.

Or­mito (33/1 at BetVic­tor) has only won one of nine ca­reer starts but he has run some ex­cel­lent races in de­feat most no­tably when a never nearer sec­ond to Kings Fete in the Ge­of­frey Freer, tak­ing on older horses, at New­bury last time.

I am will­ing to put a line through his run in the Queen’s Vase at Royal As­cot when he was edgy in the stalls and looked in a bad mood through­out. He was, ar­guably, un­lucky not to beat Ven­tura Storm in the listed Glas­gow Stakes on his penul­ti­mate start on soft ground and can re­verse that Hamil­ton run­ning with the Han­non colt at Don­caster.

Idaho is the best horse in the race and his class might see him home but 6/4 is too short a price for a horse who is not guar­an­teed to stay and I hope the key race is not the Voltigeur or the Gor­don Stakes at Good­wood but a listed four­run­ner con­test back in May.

Lad­brokes St Leger rec­om­men­da­tions: Al­gome­ter 1pt ew at 16/1 with Bet Vic­tor Or­mito ½ point each way at 33/1 with Bet Vic­tor


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