Stradi­var­ius ready to call the tune in Clas­sic

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length and a half in the style of a horse who will stay any trip.

“It’s not like driv­ing a car around the M25,” Elsworth said. “You can’t just pull out and go. They’ve got to dig deep and work hard. There’s not a lot of him and it’s quite a big call to run a three-year-old over two-and-a-quar­ter miles, but he’s tough. You’ll hear more from him next year.”

Heartache, the Queen Mary win­ner at Royal As­cot, came out on top with some­thing to spare in her duel with Ha­vana Grey in the Fly­ing Childers Stakes and could now have one more run this sea­son in the Group One Cheve­ley Park Stakes.

“That’s very much on the cards,” Clive Cox, Heartache’s trainer, said. “We’ve got noth­ing to lose and the way she’s de­vel­oped and grown, she’s an aw­fully nice filly for next year. She’d be a Com­mon­wealth Cup filly if she gets six fur­longs.” One of the most com­pet­i­tive fields for many years will go to post for the St Leger, the fi­nal Clas­sic of the sea­son at Don­caster today and Frankie Det­tori’s de­ci­sion to re­ject Stradi­var­ius, the Good­wood Cup win­ner, in favour of Coronet has added an­other twist to an al­ready wide-open bet­ting mar­ket.

It opens an op­por­tu­nity for back­ers too, as Stradi­var­ius (3.35) has drifted to a very at­trac­tive price. There was no fluke at all about his Good­wood de­feat of the ad­mirable Big Orange. He has class as well as deep re­serves of stamina and a top-notch pilot in James Doyle.

Crys­tal Ocean and the Ai­dan O’Bri­en­trained Capri also have solid cre­den­tials but their odds re­flect their chance, and Stradi­var­ius, one of only two Group One win­ners in the field, is the clear value bet at around 8-1.

Trainer Dean Ivory took the Stew­ards’ Cup at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood with the hardy Lancelot Du Lac and is dou­ble-handed as he tries to land an­other of the sea­son’s top sprint hand­i­caps. Lancelot Du Lac and Frankie Det­tori should make a bold bid from stall two but pref­er­ence this time is for Stake Ac­claim. The five-year-old fin­ished third at Wind­sor last time in a race that has pro­duced four sub­se­quent win­ners al­ready. Stake Ac­claim can un­der­line the strength of that form again today.

was not up to Group Two stan­dard in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal As­cot but ran out a con­vinc­ing win­ner when re­turned to lesser com­pany at Pon­te­fract last time. He should prove very dif­fi­cult to peg back from his good draw near the rail.

has clearly not been an easy horse to train but he put up one of the best per­for­mances to fin­ish third in the Or­monde Stakes at the big May meet­ing here and will ap­pre­ci­ate the ease in the ground fol­low­ing the re­cent rain. Across The Stars would be a big player on his best form but his win in the King Ed­ward VII at Royal As­cot last sum­mer seems a long time ago.

Don­caster 3.00 A race that is all about po­ten­tial rather than proven form, and Dream Today looks worth back­ing to take the step up in class in his stride from his de­but. The maiden race he won at York was the most valu­able race of its type in the Flat racing cal­en­dar and the third horse home that day, Laugh A Minute, went and won the valu­able sales race here at the Leger meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Chester 3.15 The draw has been very kind to Dan Troop, who is the form horse in the race in any case based on his seven-length win over track and trip last time out. He is 13lb higher but goes well for 7lb-claimer Con­nor Murtagh and should have a clear run around the fa­mously tight Rood­eye track from the in­side in box one.

Don­caster 1.50 Chester 2.05 Viscount Loftus Chester 2.40 Duretto

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