St_Leger An_English_Classic



The St.Leger. One of the five classic races in england for the top 3 year olds of the season. Run at a longer distance than the three previous classic races of 1m,1m and 1m4f to win this race a horse needs distance as well as speed in it's armoury.

On it's first running in 1776 and named simply as a sweepstakes the race was open to three year old colts and fillies and was run over two miles however it was re-named the following year after it's founder Anthony St. Leger a politician and army officer

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An interesting race this year but with the ground likely to turn out soft it could add another dimension to this year's race.
Idaho trained by Aidan O'Brien will certainly start favourite today, and that is probably on the back of his improving runs once stepped up to a mile and a half. He was third in this year's Epsom Derby, although that day he did seem to be dying at the end of the race. He then went to try the Irish Derby just three weeks later it was very much improved run and he kept on really well at the end of the race going down by a half a length to Hazard who won the race at odds-on and adding it to his Epsom Derby victory.
Both of those runs were on good or slightly softer ground however his next run in the Great Voltigeur at York on good to firm ground where he went away really strongly towards the end of the race again over 1/2 miles. His run that day suggesting that he should get this extra distance.
I think there is little doubt on a straight contest this horse would come out on top however if the ground is turn today his very short odds may look a bit skinny.

Muntahaa is a Grey colt trained by John Gosden who is coming here after a creditable third At Ascot's King Edward VII stakes (group 2). It to his advantage today he has won on soft ground but will have to improve on what we've seen so far to win this race.

Houses of Parliament The second string of Aiden O'Brien's runners Houses of Parliament was a really good winner of the Bahrain Trophy, a group 3 at Newmarket over 13 furlongs. He ran really well that day staying on and forging well ahead of his pack in the final run in coming in a 1 1/2 length winner where he had two of today's opposition Harrison and Harbour Law both in behind.
Although he is the second string he looks a real live prospect having won on soft ground albeit in the race well below this class.

Now we come on to the third string for O’Brien, Sword Fighter. This colt was a really good listed winner of the Queen's vase at Ascot back in June. That was over 2 miles and he had one of his opponents Harbour Law three quarters of a length behind him in second place. Clearly he will get the distance and he has also won on heavy ground certainly to be of his advantage today. If it turns up to be soft ground it would not be a great surprise to me that this horse puts in a really good show.

Ormitto is a nice enough Bay colt trained by Andrew balding this horse is not won yet this season. His best race probably came in a group 3 at Newbury where he was second over 13 1/2 furlongs. Has to improve considerably today to win this race but has run well on soft ground.

The Bay colt Ventura Strom has been spreading his wings running both here and also in France. He has improved when stepped up in distance and that was shown on his last run when stepped up to 12 1/2 furlongs he won a group 3 in Deauville and winning impressively going away. He has won on soft ground and looks to be going the right way. One of the better outsiders.

The nice Bay colt trained by Laura Mongan, Harbour Law has not been disgraced in any of his races but has found himself behind some of these and it is difficult to think but he could overturn the previous form especially stepping up to this class.

Mick Channon’s bay colt Harrison whilst running well at around group 2/group 3 races will have to improve considerably today to take part in this race.
Would be a surprise winner but then this race has turned up surprises in the past.

The Tartan Spartan with only two runs under his belt looks set to be one of the also rans in this race.

Race Conditions

For 3yo entire colts and fillies Weights colts 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb


1 9 21124 Harbour Law 3 9-1 Laura Mongan George Baker 102
2 5 383394 Harrison 3 9-1 Mick Channon Graham Lee 103
3 7 134412 Housesofparliament 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien Colm O'Donoghue 113
4 2 23321 Idaho 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien Seamie Heffernan 120
5 6 32131 Muntahaa 3 9-1 John Gosden Paul Hanagan 113
6 3 33022 Ormito 3 9-1 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 102
7 1 213115 Sword Fighter 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien Donnacha O'Brien 112
8 8 17 The Tartan Spartan 3 9-1 John Patrick Shanahan Phillip Makin 96
9 5 186011 Ventura Storm 3 9-1 Richard Hannon Silvestre De Sousa 111


1 1 9 21124 Harbour Law 3 9-1 Laura Mongan
2 9 5 186011 Ventura Storm 3 9-1 Richard Hannon
3 3 7 134412 Housesofparliament 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien
4 5 6 32131 Muntahaa 3 9-1 John Gosden
5 7 1 213115 Sword Fighter 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien
6 2 5 383394 Harrison 3 9-1 Mick Channon
7 6 3 33022 Ormito 3 9-1 Andrew Balding
8 8 8 17 The Tartan Spartan 3 9-1 John Patrick Shanahan
U/R 4 2 23321 Idaho 3 9-1 A P OŽBrien


A very interesting race today with an unexpected result.

The winner Harbour Law was switched off in behind after about a half a mile and was around 9 lengths off the leader in second last place. At the turn into the straight, he was tracking the favorite in the race who fell. He was then switched to the outside and made steady progress until the final furlong where he stayed on better than the second and third and finished Ÿ of a length the winner.

Ventura Storm ran a great race running in mid-division and going well throughout the race. When the race hotted up he ran on well and got into a battle upfront with HousesofParliament. This was a battle he won only to see the fast finishing Ventura Storm go past almost on the line.

HousesofParliament Settled in mid-division he was going well and made his decisive move three from home. He headed the field for a short time before being passed first by Ventura Storm and then the winner Harbour Law, only missing out from second by a short head.

Muntatta left the stalls keen and did not really settle in front. He set a good pace and looked to be going well three from home but then faded when challenged. Finished fourth, but 10 lengths behind the first three.

Sword Fighter was quick from the stalls and was settled in 2nd place for the first half of the race. When the race got serious he faded and finished 5th

Harrison was settled in rear and going well. Badly hampered by the fall of the Idaho. Never got on terms after. Finished 6th

Ormito was always in rear and never a danger. Finished 7th

The Tartan Spartan was ridden along from the start and was never a danger. Finished 8th

Idaho was held up and going really well when took a false step, stumbled and unseated his rider.

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