Det­tori picks Coronet for St Leger

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage RAC­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Frankie Det­tori’s at­tempt to win a sixth Wil­liam Hill St Leger at Don­caster to­mor­row will be on board Coronet rather than the short­er­priced Stradi­var­ius, her Good­wood Cup-win­ning sta­ble com­pan­ion, who will now be rid­den by James Doyle.

That was the main news ahead of the old­est Clas­sic, for which 11 horses stood their ground.

As they have been all week, Ai­dan O’brien’s Ir­ish Derby win­ner Capri and Sir Michael Stoute’s im­pres­sive Gor­don Stakes vic­tor Crys­tal Ocean are vy­ing for favouritism.

Det­tori, who has not rid­den ei­ther Coronet or Stradi­var­ius in a race since May, said he based his de­ci­sion on the ground.

Speak­ing to BBC ra­dio, he said: “It was a hard choice. She has fin­ished every race strong and has been rac­ing in Group Ones all year.

“He’s won over two miles but his best form is on top of the ground and, with show­ers around, it is not go­ing to dry. I left it to the last minute. It’s a good Leger – all the good stay­ers are in it.”

An­drea Atzeni, who has won two of the past three Legers and the past four Rac­ing Post Tro­phies, con­tin­ued his love af­fair with Don­caster when Laugh A Minute won yes­ter­day’s Weather­bys Rac­ing Bank £300,000 Two-year-old Stakes at 12-1. The jockey will don the same silks on De­foe in the St Leger. Atzeni com­pleted a quick­fire dou­ble aboard 11-4 chance Eug­inio in the fol­low­ing four-run­ner hand­i­cap.

To­day’s ac­tion cen­tres around the Don­caster Cup, one of the sea­son’s great stay­ing races. Mon­taly took An­drew Bald­ing through the £2mil­lion-in-a-sea­son bar­rier when he won the Lons­dale Cup at York last month and the six-yearold, who has been thriv­ing this year on soft ground, can defy a 3lb penalty.

Karl Burke, who has a ter­rific bunch of ju­ve­niles this sea­son, won the Wil­liam Hill May Hill yes­ter­day when Lau­rens got up in the last strides to beat Dark Rose An­gel by a head. The trainer should go close in the Wain­wrights Fly­ing Childers to­day with Ha­vana Grey.

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