Leading Light wins the Ladbrokes St Leger – see how the four and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster unfolds







Galileo Rock, placed already in two Classics, will run this afternoon in the world’s oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, at Doncaster.


His trainer David Wachman, who walked the course at 5.30am and gave the go-ahead for the colt to fly over this morning from Ireland, said: “I was pleasantly surprised by the ground – we would gallop on this at home so there is no reason not run.


“I am going to run Galileo Rock – the ground is not as bad as I though it would be. It walked very sound and my stick did not go in as far as I thought it would.”


He would have preferred faster ground for Galileo Rock. Wachman added: “He is a magnificent-actioned horse and goes very well on fast ground and others might not.”



Ladbrokes, sponsor of the world’s oldest classic, the St Leger, latest prices are:


Excess Knowledge 5/1


Galileo Rock 5/1


Leading Light 5/1


Talent 6/1


Foundry 7/1


Libertarian 8/1


Secret Number 12/1


Cap O’Rushes 16/1


Great Hall 25/1


Havana Beat 50/1


Ralston Road 150/1


1/4 1-2-3. Non runner-no bet.


Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: evens Irish trained winner.


David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “The David Wachman news has got the day off to a great start. Galileo Rock’s participation will ensure a vibrant morning of betting and at 5/1 the field we are already enjoying a wonderful spread of business.”




The going has changed to

Good to Soft (soft in places)

after 3.8 millimetres of rain overnight.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, said this morning: “I am delighted with the course after three days of racing. It always drains fairly well but I think the work we did prior to this meeting – verti-draining – has really helped the water get away.


“The runners so far this week have not knocked the course about too much. We had 3.8 millimetres overnight – that was a little bit less than some of the forecasts were predicting which is grand.


“I have called the going Good to Soft (soft in places). The usual spots we would expect to be easier are besides the Bawtry Road and between five and six-furlong poles which always hangs on to the moisture a bit more. We have got tickets available for an exciting day.”


Rain over the last eight days

Friday – 10.4mm of rainfall

Saturday – 1mm of rainfall.

Sunday – 0.2mm of rainfall

Monday – 4mm of rainfall

Tuesday – 0.2mm of rainfall

Wednesday – 4mm of rainfall

Thursday – 2mm overnight into Friday

Friday – 3.8mm late yesterday afternoon & evening


Stalls’ Position

Straight course – stands’ side

Round course – inside


Weather Forecast

Saturday – Dry – temperature high of +15c, with light to moderate winds.










The eyes of the racing world will be on Town Moor this afternoon for the 237th running of the Ladbrokes St Leger and understandably all the major newspapers lead with the final Classic of the season at Doncaster.


Former ante-post favourite Galileo Rock was given the green light this morning by trainer David Wachman after he walked the track at 5.30am and he takes his chance despite the ground easing slightly.


Nevertheless, because of the doubts surrounding his participation, he has been shunned by the majority of tipsters in the press corps, with only Jamie Spencer, writing in the Daily Star, opting to go for the Irish Derby runner-up. Spencer does not have a ride in the race this year but thinks that Wachman’s colt will outclass his rivals.


If Talent manages to win the race, she will be 42nd filly to land the St Leger and the 19th winner of the Oaks to do so. The most recent filly to capture the extended one mile and six furlong event was User Friendly back in 1992 (who also landed that year’s Investec Oaks) and J A McGrath, writing as Hotspur in The Daily Telegraph, believes Ralph Beckett’s filly can bridge a 21-year gap by emulating Clive Brittain’s mare.

That particular view is echoed by Rob Wright in The Times who argues that the Investec Oaks winner boasts a very similar profile to User Friendly given the fact they both won at Epsom on an easy surface and by similar margins.


Dave Yates, writing as Newsboy in the Daily Mirror, opines that the final Classic of the season can go the way of Landing Light, who proved his stamina conclusively by winning the two mile Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot this year. It is eight years since Aidan O’Brien last won the Ladbrokes St Leger (Scorpion, 2005) but the Mirror’s chief correspondent believes the maestro of Ballydoyle has a strong hand this year.


Trainer Andrew Balding saddles Havana Beat in the big race and is looking to send out the first St Leger winner from his Kingsclere stables since Willie Waugh achieved the feat with Troutbeck in 1909. Writing in his Daily Mirror column, he thinks his colt is far too big at 40/1 and reckons he should be at least half the price. He was pleased with the three-year-old’s work last weekend and doesn’t rule out a big run.


The Daily Mail’s Sam Turner is another in the Leading Light camp while The Guardian’s Greg Wood thinks that stablemate Foundry can take the St Leger on only his third career start. Steve Jones, writing as Templegate in the Sun, agrees with Wood and makes the twice-raced Foundry his headline pick. ‘Britain’s top tipster’ is surprised that Ballydoyle’s number one jockey, Joseph O’Brien, has plumped for Leading Light and suggests that his Royal Ascot form is not that strong.


The Independent’s Jon Freeman puts his faith in John Gosden and reckons that Excess Knowledge will relish every yard of the St Leger trip, while Bev Swingell’s small column in the Daily Express gives the vote to Libertarian.


‘Pricewise’ of the Racing Post (Tom Segal) will be hoping Excess Knowledge does the business, having tipped him up at 20/1 in his ante-post preview, while the paper’s Gerald Delamere thinks the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt was the moral winner of the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood despite being beaten by Cap O’Rushes, who opposes again today.


The final word goes to the Yorkshire Post which also believes that Godolphin can land their seventh Ladbrokes St Leger with Libertarian. The three-year-old used to be trained in the county by Elaine Burke before being snapped up by the boys in blue after he finished runner-up in the Investec Derby at Epsom.


Yorkshire punters will be very familiar with the son of New Approach, who won his maiden at Pontefract before going on to win the Dante Stakes at York. He may now be trained in Newmarket by Charlie Appleby but Tom Richmond reckons many Doncaster racegoers still regard him as one of their own.




Foundry is proving to be the hot selection in the Ladbrokes St Leger (3.50pm) and the sponsor has been forced to take evasive action this morning, cutting Ballydoyle’s second-string to 6/1 (from 7/1).


There has also been support for Libertarian in the same race and Charlie Appleby’s colt is now 7/1 (from 8/1) with the Harrow-based firm.


In the opening At The Races Champagne Stakes (2.05pm), Outstrip has consolidated his position at the head of the market and is now the clear 13/8 favourite (from 2/1) having been joint-favourite with The Grey Gatsby this morning. Cable Bay has also come in for support in the same race and is now 4/1 (from 11/2) though there are three non-runners so far in this particular heat.


The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (2.40pm) is always one of the big betting races of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival and a trio of horses have been trimmed by the sponsor. Steps is 8/1 (from 10/1), Doctor Parkes has been cut to the same price (from 12/1) while Angels Will Fall has been slashed into 16/1 (from 22/1).


Caspar Netscher has returned to the racecourse this season following an unsuccessful spell at stud and has been the subject of good money for the OLBG Park Stakes (3.15pm). The Charles Wentworth-owned colt is now 14/1 (from 16/1) to bounce back from a disappointing run at Newbury last time out.


Voodoo Prince, the first foal of the great racemare Ouija Board and a half-brother to the promising Australia, has been popular in the Napoleons Casinos and Restaurants Handicap (4.25pm) and is now 4/1 (from 5/1) while Showpiece is the talking horse in the Agriargo UK Tractor Challenge Nursery (5.00pm) and has been shortened to 5/1 (from 7/1).


There have been two horses that have contracted in price in the final race of the meeting, the Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap (6.05pm), with Gabrial The Great now 5/1 (from 7/1) and  Global Village 6/1 (from 7/1).     


Ladbrokes Market Moves:


2.05pm: 13/8 (from 2/1) Outstrip; 4/1 (from 11/2) Cable Bay

2.40pm: 8/1 (from 10/1) Steps; 8/1 (from 12/1) Doctor Parkes; 16/1 (from 22/1) Angels Will Fall

3.15pm: 14/1 (from 16/1) Caspar Netscher

3.50pm: 6/1 (from 7/1) Foundry; 7/1 (from 8/1) Libertarian

4.25pm: 4/1 (from 5/1) Voodoo Prince

5.00pm: 5/1 (from 7/1) Showpiece

6.05pm: 5/1 (from 7/1) Gabrial The Great; 6/1 (from 7/1) Global Village


A longstanding tradition continues with the first-born child in Doncaster on St Leger day gaining free life membership at Doncaster Racecourse.


This year’s lucky recipient is Isabell Lal, born at 2.36am in Doncaster Royal Infirmary and weighing 7lb 12oz, to Marianna Trebulova.


The father is Anoop Lal.


Ladbrokes St Leger Day is biggest day of the year at Doncaster Racecourse, with over 30,000 racegoers expected to attend today.


The St Leger, the world’s oldest Classic race, is being run for the 237th time, with 11 runners due to go to post at 3.50pm.




*This year’s Ladbrokes St Leger is the richest ever run, with a total prize fund of £600,000. The winner will take home £340,260. The first winner Allabaculia earned £131.


*The 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger is the 237th running. The race is the oldest of the Classics, founded four years before the Derby. It has been run away from Doncaster on 12 occasions: at Newmarket 1915-18 and 1942-44; at Thirsk in 1940; at Manchester in 1941; at York in 1945 and 2006; at Ayr in 1989. The Classic did not take place in 1939.


*Talent would be the 42nd filly to win the St Leger. The first of the 41 to have done so was the race’s first winner Allabaculia (who was un-named at the time of her victory); the most recent User Friendly in 1992.


*Talent would be the 19th winner of the Oaks to win the St Leger. The first to take both Classics was Queen Of Trumps in 1835; the most recent User Friendly in 1992.


*Since User Friendly won the St Leger, 15 fillies have taken part, of whom seven have been placed. They include three Oaks winners: Ramruma (2nd 1999), Look Here (3rd 2008) and Snow Fairy (4th 2010). The other fillies to have been placed since 1992 are Book At Bedtime (4th 1997), High And Low (2nd 1998), Quiff (2nd 2004) and Unsung Heroine (2nd 2008).


*There are four challengers from Ireland for this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger: Leading Light and Foundry for Aidan O’Brien; Galileo Rock for David Wachman and Ralston Road for Pat Shanahan.


*There have been only seven St Leger winners trained in Ireland. The first was Ballymoss in 1957, the most recent Scorpion in 2005. Six of the Irish victors have been based at Ballydoyle: Ballymoss, Nijinsky (1970) and Boucher (1972) were trained there by Vincent O’Brien and Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion by Aidan O’Brien (no relation). The only one of the Irish winners not resident at the Co Tipperary establishment was Paddy Prendergast-trained Ragusa in 1963.


*Secret Number would be a sixth victory for Saeed Bin Suroor, which would make him joint-second on the trainers’ all-time St Leger leaderboard. The 19th century figure John Scott is outstandingly the best with 16 victories between 1827 and 1862, followed by Mat Dawson, John Porter, Cecil Boyd-Rochfort and Dick Hern with six each.


*Secret Number (Saeed Bin Suroor), Cap O’Rushes or Libertarian (both Charlie Appleby) would provide a seventh victory for Godolphin, which would make Sheikh Mohammed’s operation jointly the most successful in the St Leger. The 9th Duke of Hamilton won seven between 1786 and 1814; Godolphin’s six have been Classic Cliche 1995, Nedawi 1998, Mutafaweq 1999, Rule Of Law 2004, Mastery 2009 (all trained by Bin Suroor) and Encke last year (by Mahmood Al Zarooni).


*Excess Knowledge would be a fourth victory in seven runnings (and a fifth in all) for trainer John Gosden, successful with Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011), and Shantou (1996).


*Jockeys having their first Ladbrokes St Leger rides are James Doyle (Excess Knowledge), Liam Keniry (Havana Beat), Tadhg O’Shea (Ralston Road) and Jim Crowley (Talent). Mickael Barzalona, on Cap O’Rushes this year, won last year on Encke, his first ride in the Classic.





No.1   ANJAAL (Going)

No. 3   EXOGENESIS (IRE) (Going)

No. 5   PICKS PINTA (Going)




No. 6   INXILE (IRE) (Self cert (Lame))


Third race, 3.15pm: THE OLBG PARK STAKES


No. 7   PINTURA (Vets cert (Bruised foot))




No. 3   CHARLES CAMOIN (Going)




No. 5   WHAT ABOUT CARLO (FR) (Going)

No. 8   RUDI FIVE ONE (FR) (Going)




No. 2   MONT RAS (Going)

No. 10  AJRAAM (USA) (Going)






first race quotes – Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes – the winner




Outstrip won the seven-furlong Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes, the opening race at Doncaster on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, in great style, scoring by three lengths eased down by Mickael Barzalona.


The Godolphin two-year-old, who gave trainer Charlie Appleby his biggest success to date, was slow into stride as Barzalona wanted to hold up the grey Exceed And Excel colt.


Outstrip raced a bit keenly initially in third but was then settled last of the four runners. He made good progress on the outside to challenge below the distance and took the lead by the furlong-pole.


Outstrip went clear and Barzalona was able to take things easy in the closing stages. The winning time was 1m 26.90s.


Appleby, who started training for Godolphin on July 25, said: “I was very confident, without being too confident, coming into the race. When he ran in the Vintage (at Glorious Goodwood), we just got touched off on the line and Mickael said that, if he knew that the horse had such a turn of foot, he would have waited longer that day.


“They were two nice colts that went away from the rest in the Vintage, so I was confident today. Hopefully, the winner will frank the form in Ireland.


“ We were always going sit and wait today – drop him in and ride him for that turn of foot that he showed us at Goodwood. He is a nice horse and I thought he would handle the conditions today. He has got a turn of foot as we saw again today and it was a decent performance.


“Going forward, we will look at the Dewhurst (Group One, Newmarket) or go to France for the Lagardere (Group One, Longchamp). Those are the two options we have in place and we will see how the horse comes out of this race.


“He is a horse who will strengthen. I would like to see him do that and a mile will be his trip next year. We will cross those bridges when we come to them.”


Mickael Barzalona added: “I wanted to give him the best experience that I could – drop him in, make him relax and quicken well in the end. He’s a nice horse – he has improved plenty since his last run. It was maybe my fault last time that he didn’t win but today I gave him a good experience and he will improve again.


“I think he has the potential to win a Group One and he will be a serious horse for next year.”


This was Godolphin’s sixth success in the At The Races Champagne Stakes following on from Noverre (2000), Dubai Destination (2001), Almushahar (2002), Poet’s Voice (2009) and Saamidd (2010).


First race: 2.05pm The At The Races Champagne Stakes

Place Quotes




Trainer Kevin Ryan was very happy with The Grey Gatsby after he finished the three length runner-up to Outstrip in the At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 13/8 joint-favourite has been remarkably consistent this season and finished second in the Acomb Stakes at York last month after making a winning debut on the Knavesmire in July.


“We’re delighted with that given the fact that he’s still a little inexperienced,” said Ryan.


“He’s improving with every run and it looked like he was going to get beaten for second at one point but he keeps sticking his neck out. He’s very genuine and was going on again at the end.


“He’s in the Dewhurst (at Newmarket) and the Racing Post Trophy back here at Doncaster so we’ll take a look at those two races and see how they pan out.


“There were no excuses with the ground as he needs a bit of juice in it which should mean he has his conditions later on in the year. Time will tell whether he’ll be a miler but I suspect he may end up over a mile and a quarter as a three-year-old. We’ve got plenty to look forward to.”


Charles Hills was also looking to the future with Cable Bay after the 5/1 shot had finished a further head back in third.


“He was a bit short of room at a crucial point and was probably intimidated a little bit,” said the trainer.


“He’s run a very solid race but I just wonder whether the trip stretched him a bit. He’s in the Dewhurst and the Racing Post Trophy but there’s a decent Group Two race at Maisons-Laffitte over six and a half furlongs later on in the year that I’ve got my eye on and he may end up there.”


First race, 205pm: The At The Races Champagne Stakes





Mickael Barzalona, partner of 13/8 joint favourite and winner Outstrip, said: “Soft.”


Graham Lee, jockey of the three-length second The Grey Gatsby, said: “A bit dead.”


Jamie Spencer, on board third Cable Bay, said: ”A bit dead but lovely ground.”

James Doyle, on board fourth Treaty Of Paris, said: “It is tacky – very tacky.”




2.05pm At The Races Champagne Stakes (Group 2)

£89,200 total prize fund. For 2yo, 7f. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Penalty value 1st £50,585.32 2nd £19,178.00 3rd £9,597.92 4th £4,781.12 5th £2,399.48 6th £1,204.20


1) OUTSTRIP (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-8-12 Mickael Barzalona [5] 13/8jf

2) THE GREY GATSBY (IRE) (F Gillespie) Kevin Ryan 2-8-12 Graham Lee [6] 13/8jf

3) CABLE BAY (IRE) (Julie & David Martin & Partner) Charlie Hills 2-8-12 Jamie Spencer [7] 5/1

4) TREATY OF PARIS (IRE) (One Too Many Partners) Henry Candy 2-8-12 James Doyle [1] 6/1


4 ran                            Non-runners: Anjaal (Going), Exogensis (Going), Picks Pinta (Going)

Time: 1m 26.90s           Distances: 3, hd, 13

Breeder: Darley Breeding: Exceed And Excel (AUS) – Asi Siempre (USA) (El Prado (IRE))

Tote     Win £2.20         Exacta £4.20


Winning trainer:-Name: Appleby, Charlie Date of Birth: 5/7/1975 Based: Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket Background: Worked for Godolphin since 1999 in a number of roles before being granted a training licence in July, 2013. Previously had spells with Susan Piggott and David Loder. First Runner: Velvety (Sky Bet EBF Fillies’ Handicap, York, July 27, 2013) First Winner: Expressly (Ascot Lawyer’s Fillies’ Maiden, Ascot, July 28). Big Race Wins: Champagne Stakes (2013 Outstrip), Gordon Stakes (2013 Cap O’Rushes) Win in 2013: 32


Winning jockey:-Name: Barzalona, Mickael Born: August 3, 1991, Avignon  Background: Nephew of former Flat and National Hunt jockey Armand Barzalona and grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona. Spent four years at the French Jockeys’ School in Govieux before joining the legendary stable of Andre Fabre in 2009 under the recommendation of former jockey Sylvain Guillot. Rode for Fabre and was retained by the Wertheimers as their second jockey in France behind Olivier Peslier. Started riding Godolphin’s French runners in the September 2009 and rode out for the operation in Dubai the following winter. Appointed Godolphin jockey on March 2, 2012 British Classic winners (2): Pour Moi (2011 Investec Derby), Encke (2012 Ladbrokes St Leger) First Ride for Godolphin: Colonial (6th), Prix de la Rochette, Longchamp, September 6, 2009. First Win in Britain: Ocean War, Download Blue Square iphone App Maiden Stakes, Newmarket, April 13, 2011 (his second ride in the country) First Group One Win: Wavering, Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary , Longchamp, May 22, 2011 Other Big Race Wins Include: DRC Gold Cup (2010 Sabotage), UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (2011 Khawlah), Premio Roma GBI Racing (2011 Zazou), Dubai World Cup (2012 Monterosso), Shadwell Fillies’ Mile (2012 Certify), Prix Jean Prat (2013 Havana Gold), Champagne Stakes (2013 Outstrip) UK Wins (2011-2012): 12; 66 Wins in 2013 (UK): 56







Fourth race: 3.50pm The Ladbrokes St Leger

Winning Owner Quotes




Leading Light was the star of the show at Doncaster this afternoon as he banished the memory of Camelot twelve months earlier to land this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger for Ballydoyle.


The 7/2 favourite was always handy and picked up well off a slow pace when the tempo began to quicken three furlongs from home. He put daylight between himself and the field with a couple of furlongs to go and fought off the late challenge of runner-up Talent to record a length and a quarter success.


John Magnier, whose wife Sue owns the three-year-old in partnership with Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, hinted that the St Leger winner could be heading to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp at the beginning of October.


“We thought he had a good chance in the race but you can’t be confident about winning a Classic,” said John Magnier.


“However, we do hold him in high regard and even this morning, Aidan (O’Brien) was talking about possibly going to the Arc with him. He’s not in the race at the moment so we’d have to supplement him.


“The sole reason he ran in the Queen’s Vase (at Royal Ascot) was that we had so many horses with a lot of options so we had to shuffle the pack. It just so happened that he ended up there but he’s a classy horse.


“The St Leger is one of the great races and, for me, my ultimate racing dream would be to win the Triple Crown. It was a shame that Camelot couldn’t manage it last year as everyone wanted him to win. We got a great reception from the crowd both before and after the race and the rest is history.”

Fourth race: 3.50pm The Ladbrokes St Leger

Winning Trainer & Jockey Quotes




Trainer Aidan O’Brien was full of praise for the Ballydoyle team after 7/2 favourite Leading Light gave him his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger and first since Scorpion landed the Classic back in 2005.


Unlike the rest of the field, the son of Montjeu was stepping back in trip following his victory in the two-mile Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time out and the trainer was quick to point out just how versatile the three-year-old is.


“He was always a very solid horse. His form before Ascot was mile and a quarter form and the lads wanted to go to Ascot for that race. He has plenty of class as he stays and he quickens,” said O’Brien


“The lads have always thought a lot of him at home. He was always very versatile trip-wise and it was a big jump up to two miles at Ascot. He is a good horse as most of his form before the Queen’s Vase was over a mile and a quarter.


“I keep saying that it is a privilege to be involved with the team and we really appreciate having great horses to ride and train. It’s a big team effort and we are a very small part of it. I’m also delighted for Derrick (Smith, joint-owner) as Camelot ran in his colours last year and it wasn’t great.


“Obviously, the lads will make the decisions but the Arc would be open to him if they wanted to do that. We will see and they will probably talk about it next week.”


Joseph O’Brien was riding his first Ladbrokes St Leger winner and revealed that he had to galvanise Leading Light early on in the race in order to get a good position.


“He jumped a little slowly and I could see a couple of horses going forward. I knew that we weren’t going to go much of a gallop when they were taken back so I gave mine a kick just to get up there, so I could get a good position. He’s quite lazy in his races – he has the cheekpieces.


“We got going plenty early and I thought that, if I didn’t hit him until a furlong and a half out, I would win. He’s tough.”






Talent, the only filly in the Ladbrokes St Leger line-up, bounced back to something like her best with a fast-finishing second to Leading Light, beaten a length and quarter.


The daughter of New Approach led home a one-two for her trainer Ralph Beckett in the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs in June, but finished last of seven behind Chicquita in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on July 20.


Beckett said: “It’s great to get her back after such a poor run in Ireland.


“She got tight for room at a crucial stage and probably lost a bit of momentum but the winner has won well. We would have loved to have had a clearer run, but it was a great run.


“I am thrilled to bits with her and I feel like I have won because her run in Ireland was so bad and I still don’t really have a reason for it, except the ground.


“We will look at the fillies and mares race on Champions Day, providing the ground is on the soft side.”


Fourth race – Group One Ladbrokes St Leger – third and fourth




Trainer David Wachman only decided at around 6am today to run Galileo Rock in the Ladbrokes St Leger and the consistent three-year-old Galileo colt was placed in a third successive Classic when third to Leading Light, beaten two lengths.


Galileo Rock was third in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs in early June and then came second in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.


Wachman said: “He has run really well on ground he cannot really handle but it was probably the right decision to run. The winner ran very well so no excuses.


“Obviously, we would have liked a sounder surface but I am very happy as he ran a good, honest race.  It is more than satisfactory and I am happy we came.


“We might travel with him at the end of the year but we will see how he is and talk to the owners.”


Libertarian ran best of the three Godolphin runners, finishing fourth, half a length in arrears of Galileo Rock. He kept on without really threatening.


Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, he finished two places ahead of Secret Number (Saeed bin Suroor/Silvestre de Sousa), while the final Godolphin challenger, Cap O’Rushes (Charlie Appleby/Mickael Barzalona), dropped out of contention in the final furlong and a half after leading and was eased down to finish 11th and last.


Appleby said: “I was very pleased with Libertarian. William was delighted that he travelled very well throughout the race. He just said the conditions were a bit too easy for the horse. He is a better horse on good ground. We have something to take away and can work from here.”


Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, added: “We were very pleased with Libertarian. Secret Number may not have got the trip while Cap O’Rushes appeared to be outclassed.”


Fourth race, 3.50pm: The Ladbrokes St Leger





Jim Crowley, on board second Talent, said: “I got a bump about a furlong-and-a-half out. I don’t know if it has cost me or not but she has run a great race


Wayne Lordan, jockey of third Galileo Rock, said: “I thought he travelled well and picked up well.  My horse ran a good race. He is third in a Ladbrokes St Leger and placed in two Derbys, you can’t ask for anymore. I think he will improve over the winter and even go up in trip but he definitely wants good to firm ground.”


William Buick, rider of fourth Libertarian, said: “He ran a good race – I was happy with him. The ground was a bit tacky for him, he is better on better ground – it is quite hard work out there.”


Ryan Moore, rider of fifth Foundry, said: “It was a very steadily run race, my horse ran very well but just lacked experience, he couldn’t hold his positional place.  He stayed on but would have enjoyed better ground.”


Kieren Fallon, on board ninth Great Hall, said: “He gave me a great ride but didn’t really come out of the ground and in the last furlong he died on me.”


James Doyle, partner of 10th Excess Knowledge, said: “He just didn’t like the ground, he did everything OK – travelled sweetly – but the minute I asked him to go and run his race he just rolled around. It is dead and tacky out there.”


Mickael Barzalona, on board 11th Cap O’Rushes, said: “He ran his race but he just isn’t good enough.”



Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) – Dance Parade (USA) (Gone West (USA)

Breeder: Lynch-Bages Ltd

Born: March 6, 2010

Owners: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Jockey: Joseph O’Brien

Form: 41-1111

*Won the world’s oldest Classic today in good style to give his trainer a fourth Ladbrokes St Leger.

*Unbeaten in 2013. Stayed on strongly to land the two-mile Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June, beating Feel Like Dancing by a length and three quarters.

*Followed up an impressive seven-length reappearance success at Navan with a front-running victory in the Group Three Gallinule Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh on May 26.

*Got off the mark at the second time of asking in a nine-furlong maiden at Tipperary in October, 2012.

*Dam high-class performer for Paul Cole, annexing the 1996 Queen Mary Stakes and the following year’s Fred Darling Stakes. Leading Light is a half-brother to 10-furlong Group Three winner Warwick Avenue.

Race Record: Starts: 6; Wins: 5; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £433,011


Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled three St Leger winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million says 2013 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include Ladbrokes St Leger winners Scorpion and Brian Boru plus Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator and Rip Van Winkle. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include shares in Victor Chandler and Ladbrokes bookmakers. Valued at £550 million in 2013 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Ladbrokes St Leger winner Milan, Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick SmithBackground: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £565 million in 2013 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as today’s Ladbrokes St Leger winner Leading Light, last year’s Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and dual Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Previous Ladbrokes St Leger wins: 2013 LEADING LIGHT (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor); 2005 SCORPION (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2003 BRIAN BORU (Sue Magnier), 2001 MILAN (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier)


Aidan O’Brien IRE (Ballydoyle, County Tipperary)

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and have bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus and Ishvana. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode last year’s Investec Derby winner Camelot. Their other children are Sarah and Ana, who have ridden winners, and Donnacha. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996. Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 15 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2012. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. Set a then world record of 23 Group/Grade One wins in 2001 (since passed). British Classic wins (20): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003, Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 29 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot). King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2009 Man Of Iron), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver). His 41 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-09). Ladbrokes St Leger Record: 2013 -1 LEADING LIGHT; 2013-5 Foundry; 2012-2 Camelot; 2011-4 Seville; 2010-2 Midas Touch; 2010-5 Joshua Tree; 2009-6 Changingoftheguard; 2009-8 Von Jawlensky; 2008-4 Hindu Kush; 2008-6 Washington Irving; 2008-7 Frozen Fire; 2008-9 Bashkirov; 2008-10 Alessandro Volta; 2007-2 Mahler; 2007-3 Honolulu; 2007-6 Macarthur; 2007-8 Acapulco; 2006-5 Tusculum; 2006-7 Mountain; 2006-10 Fire And Rain; 2005-1 SCORPION; 2004-3 Tycoon; 2004-5 Mikado; 2004-7 Go For Gold; 2003-1 BRIAN BORU; 2002-8 Sholokhov; 2001-1 MILAN; 2001-8 Life Match; 2001-9 Saddler’s Creek; 2001-PU Mediterranean; 2000-7 Rostropovich


Joseph O’Brien

Born: May 23, 1993. Background: Eldest of Aidan and Annemarie O’Brien’s four children. Educated at Rockwell College near Cashel. Accomplished Pony Club rider, winning a bronze medal at the European Pony Championships in 2009. Had first ride on May 24, 2009, and first winner on May 28 on Johann Zoffany (now named Muir), trained by his father, at Leopardstown. First Pattern success came on Beethoven (bred by his parents) in Group Three Desmond Stakes in August, 2010. First Classic win came on Roderic O’Connor in 2011 Irish 2,000 Guineas. Accolades: Joint champion apprentice in Ireland in 2010, champion jockey in Ireland 2012. British Classic wins (3): Investec Derby (2012 Camelot), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2012 Camelot); Ladbrokes St Leger (2013 Leading Light). Other major wins: Investec Coronation Cup (2012 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Derby (2012 Camelot), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2012 Excelebration), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012 So You Think), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2011 Roderic O’Connor, 2012 Power, 2013 Magician), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2011 Maybe), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2012 So You Think), Racing Post Trophy (2011 Camelot, 2012 Kingsbarns), Grand Prix de Paris (2012 Imperial Monarch), Dubai Sheema Classic (2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Queen Anne Stakes (2013 Declaration Of War), Juddmonte International (2013 Declaration Of War) Ladbrokes St Leger Record: 2013-1 LEADING LIGHT; 2012-2 Camelot; 2011-4 Seville





3.50pm Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)

£600,000 total prize fund. For 3yo entire colts and fillies, 1m 6f 132yds. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty value 1st £340,260.00 2nd £129,000.00 3rd £64,560.00 4th £32,160.00 5th £16,140.00 6th £8,100.00


1. LEADING LIGHT (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE p3-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [7] 7/2F

2. TALENT (James Rowsell & Mark Dixon) Ralph Beckett 3-8-11 Jim Crowley [4] 9/1

3. GALILEO ROCK (IRE) (Michael O’Flynn) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Wayne Lordan [1] 6/1

4. LIBERTARIAN (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby p3-9-00 William Buick [2] 5/1

5. FOUNDRY (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [9] 5/1

6. SECRET NUMBER (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa [5] 11/1

7. RALSTON ROAD (IRE) (Thistle Bloodstock Ltd) J P Shanahan IRE 3-9-0 Tadhg O’Shea [8] 100/1

8. HAVANA BEAT (IRE) (Mick and Janice Mariscotti) Andrew Balding 3-9-00 Liam Keniry [6] 40/1

9. GREAT HALL (Raymond Tooth) Brian Meehan 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [3] 20/1

10. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 3-9-00 James Doyle [11] 11/2

11. CAP O’RUSHES (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-9-00 Mickael Barzalona [10] 20/1


11 ran

Time: 3m 9.20s

Distances: 1¼, ¾, ½, ¾, ½, 2½, 5, 3¾, 7, 23

Breeder:Lynch-Bages Ltd

Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) – Dance Parade (USA)

Tote Win £3.50 Place £1.40 £2.90 £2.60 Exacta £37.20










Year                 2013     2012

Wed                 5,600    5,037

Thurs               14,500  13,385

Fri                    10,650  8,801

Sat                   29,275  31,396


Total                60,025  58,619


The attendances at Doncaster Racecourse for this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival have shown healthy increases on the previous year over the first three days of racing.


Although this year’s Saturday figure is just down on the high attendance in 2012, the total crowd for the Festival has reached 60,000 for the first time since the re-opening in 2007.


The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival counts for 25% of the total annual Doncaster Racecourse attendance and contributes some £20 million to the local economy.


Second race: 2.40pm The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap

Winning Quotes




Angels Will Fall just edged a thrilling finish to the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap at Doncaster this afternoon when denying the 11/2 favourite Steps by a nose, with Secret Witness a further neck back in third.


The 16/1 shot travelled sweetly for Robert Winston and powered home on the stands’ side in the final furlong to get up in the shadows of the post.


This was the four-year-old’s first victory since winning the Listed Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr last year and trainer Charles Hills is keen to chase some more black type with the daughter of Acclamation before the season is out.


“It’s great to see her back in this sort of form,” said Hills. “She had a nice position throughout the race and the gap appeared just at the right time. Robert (Winston) has given her a lovely ride and she’s just got her head in front.


“I thought she ran a really good race last time at York when the ground was a little too fast for her and she’s really enjoyed the underfoot conditions here.


“She was a nice two-year-old and won the Princess Margaret at Ascot before finishing third in the Cheveley Park (at Newmarket) and she’s grown up a lot since then. She’s in the Ayr Gold Cup but we’ve got Shropshire for that and I’d like to try and get a bit more black type for her before the end of the season. The owners are keen to breed from her so I’ll doubt she’ll stay in training next year.”


Jockey Robert Winston was not confident that he’d won as the pair passed the post.


“I didn’t think that I had won to be honest,” said Winston.


“She pricked her ears at the cameras under the line and stopped her stride. I was probably lucky enough to be on the stands’ rail, which can favour you in a photo, but I thought that this filly would run a big race on the ground.


“She let herself down once at Haydock in a competitive Listed race on very firm ground. She hung severely that day – she obviously felt it and she didn’t let herself down for the rest of the season. I have always had a high regard for this filly and I was disappointed for her to end up in a handicap because she has a lot of potential. Things have dropped right for her today.”

Second race, 2.40pm: The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap

Place quotes



Steps, the 11/2 favourite, just failed to hold Angels Will Fall when a nose second in The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap.


The tough Verglas gelding has been second on her last two starts and trainer Roger Varian reflected: “He’s so unlucky – he did everything right.


“It is a bit of a shame he couldn’t go and challenge the winner – the winner had the rail and we came down the middle of the track but he has run a great race and there are no complaints. I just feel bad for the horse and the owners. I thought we had just got up when I watched it live – I would like to see the photo.


“He likes this autumn ground so we will keep trying with him.”


William Buick, who rode the five-year-old, added: “He ran great and I thought I had won.”


Ron Harris’s charge Secret Witness was a neck back in third and the Chepstow handler said: “I am very pleased with him. We have been struggling all season with the ground. We will probably look to go to France with him once we get to the end of the season here. He has only had 10 runs – normally he would have 20 or 25 a season so we might just as well keep him going.”



2.40pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap

£60,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, 5f 140yds. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (Any horse rated above 110 (or 112 if such a horse is three years old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; Subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 112 if such a horse is three years old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried); minimum weight 8st. Penalties after September 7th, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £37,350.00 2nd £11,184.00 3rd £5,592.00 4th £2,796.00 5th £1,398.00 6th £702.00


1) ANGELS WILL FALL (IRE) (Mrs E O’Leary) Charlie Hills 4-9-02 Robert Winston [12] 16/1

2) STEPS (IRE) (Michael Hill) Roger Varian b5-9-07 William Buick [11] 11/2f

3) SECRET WITNESS (Paul Moulton) Ron Harris b7-9-04 Shane Kelly [14] 25/1

4) RACY (Koo’s Racing Club) Brian Ellison 6-9-03 R yan Moore [17] 12/1

5) MAGICAL MACEY (USA) (K Alderson) David Barron b6-9-08 Graham Gibbons [18] 16/1

6) ADDICTIVE DREAM (IRE) (Brian Morton & Pinnacle Dream Partnership) David Nicholls 6-8-10 Jordan Nason (7) [9]

7) ANCIENT CROSS (Pete Bown, Backup Technology & Steve Hull) Michael Easterby t9-9-03 Graham Lee [10]

8) DOC HAY (USA) (S Laffan) David O’Meara 6-9-06 Daniel Tudhope [16]

9) AJJAADD (USA) (Katy & Lol Pratt) Ted Powell 7-8-11 Kevin Stott (7) [13]

10) EL VIENTO (FR) (John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn) Richard Fahey v5-8-13 George Chaloner (5) [5]

11) ELUSIVITY (IRE) (Poilin Good) David O’Meara 5-9-06 Kieren Fallon [20]

12) OUR JONATHAN (Dr Marwan Koukash) David Simcock 6-9-03 Silvestre de Sousa [8]

13) PRODIGALITY (Paul Moulton) Ron Harris 5-9-04 Jim Crowley [4]

14) BOGART (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 4-9-08 Neil Callan [7]

15) MONSIEUR CHEVALIER (IRE) (Racing To The Max) P J O’Gorman v6-8-11 Natasha Eaton (5) [6]

16) DEFINIGHTLY (S Emmet and Miss R Emmet) Roger Charlton b7-9-10 James Doyle [15]

17) BARNET FAIR (Donald Wheatley) Richard Guest 5-8-11 Connor Beasley (5)[21]

18) CONFESSIONAL (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft) Tim Easterby es6-9-06 David Allan [3]

19) BURWAAZ (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop b4-9-02 Paul Hanagan [2]

20) DOCTOR PARKES (S Mason & Partners) Stuart Williams 7-9-03 J-P Guillambert [22]

21) ZERO MONEY (IRE) (Kremlin Cottage III) Hugo Palmer b7-9-05 Martin Dwyer [1]


21 ran

Non-runner: Inxile (Self Cert – Lame)

Time: 1m 08.14s

Distances: nse, nk, nk, 1½, 1¼, ¾, 1¼, ½, nk, hd, ½, ½, hd, 1, ¾, nk, ¾, 9, 2¾, 17

Breeder: Islanmore Stud

Breeding: Acclamation – Coconut Squeak (Bahamian Bounty)

Tote Win £26.00 Place £5.50 £1.70 £6.90 £3.40 Exacta £202.00


Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Charles Born: September 29, 1978 Trains: Wetherdown House, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Background: son of legendary trainer Barry and half-brother to trainer John and jockeys Michael and Richard. Briefly worked for his father after leaving school before heading to Australia when 18 to work for Peter Hayes and Gai Waterhouse. Returned to Britain for a spell with James Fanshawe before becoming assistant to his father. Took over the licence following his father’s retirement in August, 2011. First Runner (and First Winner): Blaise Chorus, 32 for Slots Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, Kempton Park, August 22, 2011 (ridden by Michael Hills) First Group Winner: Ransom Note – Nayef Joel Stakes, Newmarket, 24/09/11. Royal Ascot Win (1): Albany Stakes (2013 Kiyoshi), Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2013 Just The Judge), Other Big Race Wins: Rockfel Stakes (2012 Just The Judge) Wins (2011-2012): 20; 55 Wins This Year: 57


Winning jockey:-Name: Winston, Robert Francis Born: November 28, 1979 in Dublin Career: Appointed stable jockey to Jack and Lynda Ramsden on their return to England in 2001. Now freelance. Returned to race riding in February, 2007, following a 12 month ban after being found guilty of corruptly passing information to a betting exchange punter through a third party. First winner: The Butterwick Kid (Trent Bridge Handicap, April 21, 1997, Nottingham) First Group 1 winner: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance – a chance ride after Jimmy Fortune was sidelined at a late stage) First Group winner: Golden Nun (2004 Ballyogan Stakes) Big Race Wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance), Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (2010 Red Jazz), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2006 Young Mick), Gosforth Park Cup (2004 Caribbean Coral), John Smith’s Cup (2004 Arcalis), Lincoln (2004 Stream Of Gold), Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Vodafone Dash Handicap (2001 Bishops Court, 2004 Caribbean Coral), Princess Margaret Stakes (2011 Angels Will Fall), Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (2011 Caspar Netscher) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Norfolk Stakes (2005 Masta Plasta, 2008 South Central) Wins (1997-2012): 22, 39, 54*, 43, 62, 59, 93, 114, 124, 136 (*champion apprentice), 6, 64, 120; 86; 78; 98 Wins in 2013: 69


Third race: 3.15pm The OLBG Park Stakes

Winning Quotes




Viztoria bounced back from a disappointing run in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot with an authoritative victory in the OLBG Park Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The7/2 second-favourite was always travelling well under Wayne Lordan and she skipped away from the field when asked for her effort a furlong out to record a three quarters of a length success from 5/1 shot Lockwood.


The three-year-old has now won in Group Two company, as well as picking up the Group Three Athasi Stakes at the Curragh and last year’s Listed Blenheim Stakes at the same track, but it could have been a different story had the horse been sold at Tattersalls in October, 2011 by brother and sister owners John and Sheila Lavery.


“She’s been an incredible filly for us and has brought the whole family into racing,” said Sheila Lavery.


“However, it’s only by chance that we still have her as we bought her for 15,000 euros at Goffs as a pinhooking project in February, 2011 and she failed to sell at Tattersalls later that year. We put a reserve of £9,000 on her that day which looks a bit cheap now!


“We’re absolutely thrilled with that result. Eddie (Lynam, the trainer) has always thought she needed a bit of juice in the ground and she wasn’t able to do herself justice at Ascot as the ground was too quick. We’ve waited for the ground to turn and it’s paid off.


“Eddie’s not here today as he’s at the Curragh to watch his daughter ride in the Amateur Derby there but I imagine he’ll be delighted with that. She’s got a very good record when the ground is soft so we’ve got the Prix de la Foret (at Longchamp) in mind for her. Whether she’ll have a race in between, I don’t know.”


Jockey Wayne Lordan was also quick to praise the trainer.


“Eddie Lynam told me this morning that she would travel really well and he told me to keep sitting on her for as long as I could. She has done exactly that. When I asked her to pick up, she just took her a few strides to get into top gear but she went to the line well.


“She is an improving filly. She has only had a couple of runs this year and she is a going the right way. That was a Group Two but the next step is another thing.


“The ground isn’t too bad so hopefully Galileo Rock will go through it OK.”



third race quotes – Group Two OLBG Park Stakes – the second




Lockwood, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, finished second to Viztoria, being caught inside the final furlong and going down by three quarters of a length.


The progressive grey broke smartly from the stalls and was always prominent towards the stands’ side.


He disputed the lead before taking up the running after three furlongs and went for home below the distance.


Lockwood was challenged by the winner in the final furlong and caught with about 100 yards to go. He kept on to retain second by a length and quarter. The winning time was 1m 25.54s.


Bin Suroor commented: “He ran well. This horse has improved physically after each race.


“He tried really hard today but was beaten by a better horse – there are no excuses.


“We could go to the seven-furlong Challenge Stakes at Newmarket or to France for a Group One over a mile.”


Third race, 3.15pm: The OLBG Park Stakes

Third placed quotes




he tough and consistent Gregorian put in another fine display despite being on ground that he doesn’t really like, when coming home in third in the Group Two OLBG Park Stakes.


The grey Clodovil colt has only once been out of the frame this season, when fifth in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and his placing here didn’t disappoint trainer John Gosden.

“He ran fine but he found the ground too sticky – it is holding and sticky and he doesn’t like that.


“We will look at the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Arc weekend next for him.”


William Buick, who rode the 9/4 favourite, added: “He ran his usual good race but the ground is just too tacky for him.”



3.15pm OLBG Park Stakes (Group 2)

£100,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, 7f. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty value 1st £56,710.00 2nd £21,500.00 3rd £10,760.00 4th £5,360.00 5th £2,690.00 6th £1,350.00


1) VIZTORIA (IRE) (Mrs K Lavery) Edward Lynam IRE 3-8-11 Wayne Lordan [10] 7/2

2) LOCKWOOD (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-04 Silvestre de Sousa [9] 5/1

3) GREGORIAN (IRE) (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 4-9-04 William Buick [6] 9/4f

4) CASPAR NETSCHER (Charles Wentworth) David Simcock 4-9-04 Shane Kelly [1]

5) SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) (Miss N Yarrow) Dean Ivory h5-9-04 Robert Winston [8]

6) PASTORAL PLAYER (The Pursuits Partnership) Hughie Morrison 6-9-04 Graham Lee [11]

7) ARNOLD LANE (IRE) (Nick & Olga Dhandsa & John & Zoe Webster) Mick Channon 4-9-04 Sam Hitchcott [3]

8) SOVEREIGN DEBT (IRE) (Lawrie Inman) Michael Bell p4-9-04 Jamie Spencer [4]

9) RED JAZZ (USA) (The Hon Ronald Arculli) Charlie Hills 6-9-04 Ryan Moore [5]


9 ran                            Non–runner: Pintura (Vets Cert – Bruised Foot), Aljamaaheer (Going)

Time: 1m 25.54s           Distances: ¾, 1¼, 1¼, 1, 1, 1¾, hd, ¾

Breeder: Airlie Stud       Breeding: Oratorio (IRE) – Viz (IRE) (Darshaan)

Tote     Win £4.00         Place £1.50 £1.90 £1.40            Exacta  £21.70


Winning trainer: Lynam, Edward Born:  April 14, 1962 Based: Summerseat Stables, Clonee, Co Meath  Background: took out a licence to train in February, 1984, having previously split his time running a building firm and learning how to train racehorses under the watchful eye of Jim Bolger. Big Race Wins: Park Stakes (2008 Duff, 2013 Viztoria),  EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes (2006 Free Roses), International Stakes (2004 Red Feather), Concorde Stakes (2009 Duff), Temple Stakes (2011 Sole Power), Palace House Stakes (2013 Sole Power) First Group One Winner: Sole Power, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York, August 20, 2010 Royal Ascot Wins (1): King’s Stand Stakes (2013 Sole Power) Wins In Britain (2007-2012): 1; 2; 1; 1; 1; 2 Wins in Britain This Year: 3


Winning jockey:-Name: Lordan, Wayne Born: County Cork Background: He is one of amateur rider Pat Lordan’s five children and was initially apprenticed to trainer Thomond O’Mara. Runner-up to Tadhg O’Shea in the 2001 Irish apprentice championship, he spent the winter of 2001/2002 riding for Barney Curley in Britain. He rides principally for David Wachman and Tommy Stack. Big Race Wins Include: Amethyst Stakes (2005 Tolpudle), Goffs Challenge (2001 Serious Play), Irish Lincolnshire (2004 Tolpuddle), Park Express EBF Stakes (2006 Danehill Music), Anglesey Stakes (2008 Bushranger), Molecomb Stakes (2011 Requinto), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2011 Requinto), Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (2013 Sudirman), Park Stakes (2013 Viztoria) First Group One Winner: Sole Power, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, York, August 20, 2010 First Career Win: Ethbaat, Killarney, July 15, 1998 First Winner in Britain: Just Magical, Wolverhampton, December 15, 2001 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Duke Of Cambridge (2011 Lolly For Dolly, 2013 Duntle); Sandringham Handicap (2012 Duntle)






Forgotten Hero, a 12/1 chance, stayed on in the determined fashion to deny Greatwood and Voodoo Prince by two necks in the Napoleon Casinos And Restaurants Handicap for trainer Charlie Hills.


The son of High Chaparral, who was tackling 12 furlongs for the first time, had not won since scoring by six lengths in March, 2012, and was last seen finishing sixth in a 10-furlong handicap at York on August 24.


Hills, who was saddling his third winner of the 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, said: “It was a tight finish but I was surprised how easily Forgotten Hero got there.


“I think the step up in trip and especially the strong gallop have helped, but he has always had a lot of ability.

“We will look at the November Handicap now – the pace in those sort of races will suit him. He has had a lot of racing this season and it is only six weeks away, so I doubt he will run in between but we will see.”


Sixth race: 5.00pm The Agriargo UK Tractor Challenge Nursery

Winning Quotes





Photography got the better of Extra Noble in a tight photo-finish in the Agriargo UK Tractor Challenge Nursery at Doncaster this afternoon, fighting back to get his head in front on the line and deny the 5/2 favourite by a short-head.


The 20/1 shot hit the front with a furlong to go and was headed two hundred yards out but jockey Paddy Mathers got one last effort from his mount when it mattered to land the spoils.


“That was really exciting!” said trainer Hugo Palmer after the race.


“You never know when they take that long to announce the result and, to be honest, I thought it would be a dead-heat.


“We actually thought he’d be a speedy two-year-old when we first got him as he’s not that big but in reality, he’s anything but and Paddy said that he thought he’d get further in time.


“He’s actually out of a Darshaan mare so there’s every reason for thinking he’ll train on and get better at three.


“He was due to run at Kempton tonight but we decided to come here to give the owners a day out and it’s actually turned out that none of them could make it. I’m obviously glad we came here now as there are plenty of chances to win on the all-weather over the winter.


“I’ve no idea where he’ll go next as I’ve not thought that far ahead. He’s in the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales later on this year but I don’t think we’ll be selling him now.”







Trainer Ralph Beckett was left ruing his luck after 5/2 favourite Extra Noble’s short-head second to Photography in the Agriargo UK Tractor Challenge Nursery Handicap over a mile at Doncaster this afternoon. Dance Bid, trained by Clive Brittain, was a length and a half further back in third.


Beckett had already sent out Cubanita to finish second in a Listed contest at Chester this afternoon before Talent’s fine second in the Ladbrokes St Leger here at Doncaster.


Extra Noble, who got off the mark at the second time of asking in a Kempton maiden last time, held a narrow advantage entering the final furlong but could not repel the challenge of Photography in the shadows of the post.


Beckett said: “Extra Noble has run a really good race but it is our third second of the day!


“He hit the front but heard the crowd roar and just pulled up a little bit. He will probably run again and we will look for another nursery over a mile on similar ground.”


Seventh race: 5.35pm The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Harwood International Stakes

Winning Quotes




The 5/4 favourite Tabarak was the one and a quarter length winner of the richest ever race run in Britain for Arab horses, the £150,000 Group One Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club International Stakes, at Doncaster this afternoon.


Olivier Peslier’s mount ran on strongly inside the final furlong to get the better of runner-up Djet Taouy and third-placed Al Mouhannad, both of whom had hit the front two furlongs from home.


The winner proved to be welcome relief for Peslier, who had been fined £200 by the Doncaster stewards before the race for using his iPad in the weighing room earlier in the afternoon.


“I knew he was a fast horse and probably the best in the race – he’s won well,” said Peslier.


“He picked up well at the end of the race even though the ground was too soft for him. He was third in the big race at the Arc meeting last year when the ground was very heavy and we think he needs quicker going.


“I needed that winner to pay the penalty I was given this afternoon. I knew that your mobile phone had to be off but didn’t realise that meant iPads as well. I was only playing a card game on it to pass the time before the race.”


Trainer Alban de Mieulle was happy with the way his horse performed but felt he would be better on quicker ground.


“I’m very pleased with him but he didn’t win as well as I thought he could as the ground was a bit soft.”






Eighth race: 6.05pm The Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap

Winning Quotes




Ascription produced an impressive display to land the final race of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the mile Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap, by five lengths.


The 2/1 favourite proved to be a cut above his rivals, travelling sweetly under William Buick before powering away in the last furlong to put plenty of daylight between himself and runner-up Gabrial The Great.


“Hasn’t it just been a wonderful day?” said trainer Hugo Palmer, who recorded a 62/1 double on Town Moor after saddling 20/1 shot Photography to win earlier on this afternoon.


“What can you say? He’s always been a very good animal and his owners have been very patient with him. He’s had a gelding operation, a wind operation and now he’s four-years-old, he’s only just beginning to repay them.


“He’s in both the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and the Challenge Cup at Ascot and I’m leaning towards the latter with him. Will (Buick) got off him and said that a stiff seven furlongs would suit and Ryan (Moore) said the same thing after he rode him recently at Haydock.


“His owner is keen on trying him at seven furlongs as well so that’s probably where he’ll go. He’s a half-brother to a Grade One winner in the States (Grand Couturier) who won over a mile and a half so there’s every chance he could stay further but he’s shown so much speed recently that there’s not much point in changing a winning formula.


“That’s the first double of my career. I set myself two targets this year – to have a double and to train a Group One winner. I don’t think I’ll do the latter but this fellow has given me a Glorious Goodwood winner and he’s now won at the Leger meeting so we’re very happy.”




NAME                             1st                        2nd                       3rd

Saeed bin Suroor          3                            2                            1

Charlie Hills                   3                            1                            2

David Barron                 2                            1                            -

Olly Stevens                  2                            -                             1

Hugo Palmer                  2                            -                             -

John Gosden                 1                            2                            1

Richard Hannon            1                            1                            2

Richard Fahey               1                            1                            1

Michael Bell                   1                            -                             1

George Baker                1                            -                             -

James Bethell                1                            -                             -

Clive Brittain                   1                            -                             1

Gerard Butler                 1                            -                             -

Luca Cumani                 1                            2                            -

Charlie Appleby             1                            1                            1

Kevin Ryan                    1                            1                            -

Roger Varian                 1                            1                            -

Ed Dunlop                      1                            -                             1

Aidan O’Brien (Ire)        1                            -                             -

David Simcock              1                            -                             -

Edward Lynam (Ire)      1                            -                             -

John Fanshawe             -                             2                            -

Ralph Beckett                -                             2                            -

Karl Burke                      -                             1                            1

Mark Johnston               -                             1                            1

Marco Botti                     -                             1                            -

David Brown                  -                             1                            -

Mick Channon               -                             1                            -

Chris Dwyer                   -                             1                            -

Tim Easterby                 -                             1                            -

Brian Ellison                   -                             1                            -

David Elsworth              -                             1                            -

Rod Millman                   -                             1                            -

Jamie Osborne              -                             1                            -

Michael Wigham            -                             1                            -

Henry Candy                 -                             -                             1

Peter Chapple-Hyam    -                             -                             1

Scott Dixon                    -                             -                             1

William Haggas             -                             -                             1

Ron Harris                     -                             -                             2

Alan Jarvis                     -                             -                             1

Ed McMahon                 -                             -                             1

Brian Meehan                -                             -                             1

Paul Midgley                  -                             -                             1

David O’Meara              -                             -                             1

David Wachman (Ire)   -                             -                             1

John Quinn                    -                             -                             1




NAME                             1st                        2nd                       3rd

William Buick                 4                            3                            3

Silvestre de Sousa        3                            3                            1

Graham Gibbons           2                            2                            -

Jamie Spencer              2                            1                            2

Ryan Moore                   1                            2                            1

Andrea Atzeni                1                            2                            -

James Doyle                  1                            2                            -

Jim Crowley                   1                            2                            1

Richard Hughes            1                            1                            2

Mickael Barzalona        1                            1                            2

Paul Hanagan                1                            -                             2

Robert Winston             1                            -                             1

Wayne Lordan               1                            -                             1

Harry Bentley                 1                            -                             -

Ted Durcan                    1                            -                             -

Robert Havlin                 1                            -                             -

Martin Lane                    1                            -                             -

Paul Mulrennan             1                            -                             -

Willie Supple                  1                            -                             -

Joseph O’Brien              1                            -                             -

Patrick Mathers             1                            -                             -

Graham Lee                   -                             1                            2

Frankie Dettori               -                             1                            1

Joe Fanning                   -                             1                            1

Duran Fentiman            -                             1                            -

Tony Hamilton               -                             1                            -

Joey Haynes                 -                             1                            -

Gay Kelleway                -                             1                            -

Jimmy McCarthy           -                             1                            -

Robert Tart                     -                             1                            -

Kieren Fallon                 -                             1                            -

Daniel Tudhope             -                             -                             2

Jimmy Fortune               -                             -                             1

Dane O’Neill                  -                             -                             1

Tom Queally                  -                             -                             1

Shane Kelly                    -                             -                             1

Martin Dwyer                 -                             -                             1

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