Kingston Hill heads St Leger field
Derby runner-up Kingston Hill heads the field for Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster, with Roger Varian’s stable star among 14 declared for the Classic at today’s stage. The son of Mastercraftsman found only the brilliant Australia too good at Epsom, before being given too much to do in the Coral-Eclipse where he eventually finished a staying on fourth.
Having missed two engagements, including the Irish Derby, due to ground conditions, there was a worry that Varian’s charge would again fail to show up due to quick ground but it looks like all systems go for the current 5/2 favourite, with ground conditions at Doncaster being described as good to soft, good in places.
Varian told the Racing Post: “He is not a clumsy horse and does not need it soft to operate. He moves well and has run perfectly well on good ground.
“There is a huge difference between summer fast ground and autumn fast ground. Both times I had to take him out at the Curragh and at York, the ground was officially good to firm but I couldn’t find any good in it. Autumn good to firm means closer to good.”
Among Kingston Hill’s 13 rivals are three from the John Gosden stable, with Forever Now, Marzocco and Romsdal looking to give the trainer a fourth victory in the historic race. The latter is the pick of the three in the market at 6/1, having finished just over four lengths behind Australia in the Derby.
Others towards the head of the market include Great Voltigeur runner-up Snow Sky for Sir Michael Stoute, who can also rely on the services of Kings Fete. Richard Hannon’s Windshear will be looking to end a worrying run of seconds, whilst Aidan O’Brien, a three time winner of the race including last year with Leading Light, has just one entry in the form of the lightly raced Granddukeoftuscany.
Kevin Walsh / Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
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