Having already tipped the 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas and Oaks winners this season, I’m hoping to land what I’m calling a ‘Classic quadruple’ at Doncaster on Saturday.
My fancy for the Betfred St Leger is one for Aidan O’Brien – but not the one sporting Ballydoyle’s main colours…
Now that I’ve finally stopped sulking over my antepost selection Lion’s Pride missing the race, I’ve settled on a new selection for the Betfred St Leger.
The romantic result on Saturday would of course be Frankie Dettori, who rides in his final-ever Classic before retiring at the end of the season, winning aboard Arrest – while Desert Hero providing the Royal Family with their first Classic winner since 1977 would be a close second.
I envisage neither scenarios, but I suppose my fancy does have royal links. Kind of.
That’s TOWER OF LONDON for the maestro Aidan O’Brien, who bids to win this race for the 7th time.
It’s hard to say for certain where he lies in the Ballydoyle pecking order. With Ryan Moore on Continuous, he’s certainly not their main hope, but I’d be extremely surprised if he wasn’t their next best – which, to be fair, the white cap does suggest.
The son of Galileo first caught my eye when winning the Ulster Derby at Down Royal in June, putting over four lengths between him and the rest off a mark of 99.
He then went to Newmarket in July and contested the G3 Bahrain Trophy Stakes. A strong fancy of mine on the day, he was narrowly beaten by Charlie Appleby’s Castle Way, who subsequently finished second to Continuous in the Great Voltigeur at York’s Ebor Festival, after an extremely troubled trip that included Moore dropping the whip late on.
An unlucky loser, it’s fair to say, but a performance that, to me at least, suggested the selection is up to winning at this level.
As a full-brother to 2017 St Leger hero Capri, he should relish the test – but probably does want the ground to dry out a bit more. Thankfully, that’s happening all the time and there’s little to no rain in the forecast at present.
I’m not going to go through all the dangers, for they’re pretty obvious at this stage, but ultimately I think Tower Of London, under the fantastic Jim Crowley, is a cracking bet at the quoted price.