All the news on Ladbrokes St Leger Day 2016

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER, 2016

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LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

GOING REMAINS GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY

  For Ladbrokes St Leger Day, the going at Doncaster remains:

 

Good, Good to Firm in places

  GoingStick reading at 6.30am today: 8.4 (8.0 on Friday, 7.6 on Thursday, 7.2 on Wednesday)   Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported today: “We only had one millimetre of rain overnight and the going remains Good, Good to Firm in places for Ladbrokes St Leger Day.   “We have missed the rain at Doncaster and I would say it is pretty much perfect ground for Flat racing. Having walked the course this morning, I would say it is walking quicker than it did at the same time yesterday. The forecast looks positive for the rest of the day.   “The course has held up really well this week – it is a great credit to estates manager Tim Radford and his team. The rain we had last week was perfect – I couldn’t have planned it better. It enabled us to start the meeting just on the easy side of good and we haven’t had to interfere with the course.”   Stalls: Straight Course: Stands’ Side Round Course: Inside

NON-RUNNERS

  4.20pm Champagne Pommery Nursery Handicap 3  TEMERITY (IRE). (Going) 7  OCEANUS (IRE) (Going)   4.50pm Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap 1  THIRD TIME LUCKY (IRE) (Going)  

Leading Jockeys at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival –

standings at start of Ladbrokes St Leger day

  Jockey      1st  2nd  3rd Andrea Atzeni     4  2  – Oisin Murphy     2  1  – Frankie Dettori     2  -  1 Tony Hamilton     2  -  – Silvestre De Sousa    2  -  – Ryan Moore     1  2  1 Paul Hanagan     1  -  1 Martin Harley     1  -  1 Pat Cosgrave     1  -  – Graham Gibbons    1  -  – Josephine Gordon    1  -  – Joey Haynes     1  -  – Joseph O’Brien     1  -  – Danny Tudhope     1  -  – William Buick     -  4  – David Allan     -  2  – George Baker     -  2  – Adam Kirby     -  2  – James Doyle     -  1  1 Jamie Spencer     -  1  1 Peter Buchanan     -  1  – Joe Fanning     -  1  – Seamie Heffernan    -  1  – Franny Norton     -  1  – Lulu Stanford     -  1  – Sean Levey     -  -  3 Luke Morris     -  -  2 Harry Bentley     -  -  1 Hollie Doyle     -  -  1 George Duffield     -  -  1 Paul Mulrennan     -  -  1 Cameron Noble     -  -  1 Dane O’Neill     -  -  1 Jimmy Quinn     -  -  1 Rachel Richardson    -  -  1 Frederik Tylicki     -  -  1

Leading Trainers at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival –

standings at start of Ladbrokes St Leger day

  Trainer      1st  2nd  3rd Roger Varian     3  -  – John Gosden     2  -  1 Ralph Beckett     2  -  – Richard Fahey     2  -  – William Haggas     2  -  – Sir Michael Stoute    1  1  – Nigel Tinkler     1  1  – David Barron     1  -  – Rebecca Bastiman    1  -  – Karl Burke     1  -  – Clive Cox     1  -  – Simon Crisford     1  -  – Hugo Palmer     1  -  – George Scott     1  -  – David Simcock     1  -  – Charlie Appleby     -  3  1 Tim Easterby     -  2  1 Mark Johnston     -  2  1 Hugo Palmer     -  2  – Richard Hannon    -  1  4 Aidan O’Brien IRE    -  1  1 Marco Botti     -  1  – Roger Charlton     -  1  – Luca Cumani     -  1  – Brian Ellison     -  1  – Les Eyre     -  1  – James Fanshawe    -  1  – Paul Midgley     -  1  – Kevin Ryan     -  1  – Mark Usher     -  1  – Robert Eddery     -  -  2 Declan Carroll     -  -  1 Michael Dods     -  -  1 Paul Cole     -  -  1 Ann Duffield     -  -  1 Charlie Hills     -  -  1 Alan King     -  -  1 Jeremy Noseda     -  -  1 Sir Mark Prescott    -  -  1 James Tate     -  -  1  

Winners at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – Leger Legends Day

2.00pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race LOST AT SEA (Mrs Z Wentworth) Karl Burke 2-8-08 Joey Haynes 16/1   2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap ANDOK (N O’Keeffe) Richard Fahey 2-8-10 Tony Hamilton 13/8 Fav   3.00pm Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes PRICELESS (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 3-9-0w7 Silvestre De Sousa 4/1 3.35pm Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race PHOSPHORESCENCE (Niarchos Family) George Scott 6-11-02 Joseph O’Brien 7/1   4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap STAMP HILL (Merchants & Missionaries) Richard Fahey 3-9-03 Tony Hamilton 5/1   4.45pm Story Contracting – Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Race MOUNT LOGAN (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 5-9-08 Andrea Atzeni 13/8 Fav   5.15pm 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap SINGEUR (Ms M Austerfield) Rebecca Bastiman 9-9-04 Danny Tudhope 14/1  

Thursday, September 8, 2016 – DFS Ladies Day

1.55pm British Stallion Stud ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap GLITTER GIRL (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas 9/2 Fav   2.30pm G2 Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes RICH LEGACY (Qatar Racing Limited) Ralph Beckett 2-9-00 Oisin Murphy 3/1   3.05pm G2 DFS Park Hill Stakes SIMPLE VERSE (QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/A Al Kubaisi) Ralph Beckett 4-9-05 Oisin Murphy 3/1   3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes MUBTASIM (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) William, Haggas 2-8-09 Pat Cosgrave 4/1   4.15pm crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap CENTRAL SQUARE (Clipper Logistics) Roger Varian 4-9-06 Andrea Atzeni 6/1   4.50pm DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden GLENCADAM GLORY (Angus Dundee Distillers PLC) John Gosden 2-9-05 Frankie Dettori 7/2   5.25pm President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Group 1 Purebred Arabians) LIGHTNING BOLT (Mr L Waterland) Karen Van Den Bos NL 4-9-08 Adrie De Vries 3/1   6.00pm Ladbrokes Handicap HANDOME DUDE (Mr W D & Mrs D A Glover) David Barron 4-8-12 Graham Gibbons 25/1  

Friday, September 9, 2016 – Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day

1.55pm G3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes SPANGLED (Cheveley Park Stud) Roger Varian 4-9-02 Andrea Atzeni 14/1   2.30pm G2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes ARDAD (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) John Gosden 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori 5/1   3.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap  WALL OF FIRE (Carmichael Jennings) Hugo Palmer 3-8-06 Josephine Gordon (3) 5/2 Fav   3.40pm G2 250th Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (Mohammed Jaber) David Simcock 7-9-03 Martin Harley 100/30   4.15pm Listed Weatherbys Stallion book Flying Scotsman Stakes RODAINI (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) Simon Crisford 2-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa 6/1   4.50pm Still In The Running – FM Outsource Classified Race KHAIRAAT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Paul Hanagan 6/4 Fav   5.25pm Coopers Marquees Handicap NORMANDY BARRIERE (Eddie Carswell) Nigel Tinkler 4-8-13 Andrea Atzeni 11/4 Jt Fav

HARRISON BIDDING TO END 52-YEAR SEQUENCE

  If outsider Harrison wins today’s Ladbrokes St Leger, he will bridge a 52-year gap and become the first winner of the St Leger sired by a previous winner of the final Classic since Indiana in 1964.   Harrison is a son of Sixties Icon, who won the 2006 Ladbrokes St Leger (which was staged at York while Doncaster was undergoing redevelopment).   Indiana was sired by 1947 winner Sayajirao and won the 1964 renewal for owner Charles Engelhard, trainer Jack Watts and jockey Jimmy Lindley.   The last horse to be placed in the St Leger to be sired by a St Leger winner was Bonny Scott, a son of the 1984 hero Commanche Run, who was third to User Friendly in 1992.   In total, 24 previous St Leger winners have gone on to sire 42 St Leger winners between them.

 

St Leger Winner   Progeny who won the St Leger Phoenomenon 1783    Ambidexter 1787 Beningbrough 1794    Orville 1802 Orville 1802     Ebor 1817 Octavian 1810     Antonio 1819 Filho da Puta 1815    Birmingham 1830 Touchstone 1834    Blue Bonnet 1842, Surplice 1848, Newminster 1851 The Baron 1845    Stockwell 1852 Newminster 1851    Lord Clifden 1863 Stockwell 1852 St Albans 1860, Caller Ou 1861, The Marquis 1862, Blair Athol 1864, Lord Lyon 1866, Achievement 1867 Lord Clifden 1863    Hawthornden 1870, Wenlock 1872, Petrarch 1876, Janette 1878 Blair Athol 1864    Craig Millar 1875, Silvio 1877 Petrarch 1876     Throstle 1894 Persimmon 1896    Sceptre 1902, Your Majesty 1908, Prince Palatine 1911 Rock Sand 1903    Tracery 1912 Bayardo 1909     Gay Crusader 1917, Gainsborough 1918 Swynford 1910     Keysoe 1919, Tranquil 1923 Hurry On 1916     Coronach 1926 Gainsborough 1918    Solario 1925, Singapore 1930, Hyperion 1933 Singapore 1930    Chulmleigh 1937 Hyperion 1933     Sun Castle 1941, Sun Chariot 1942 Bahram 1935     Turkhan 1940 Tehran 1944     Tulyar 1952 Chamossaire 1945    Cambremer 1946 Sayajirao 1947    Indiana 1964

 

IDAHO BACKED AFTER LACK OF RAIN

 

  The forecast rain failed to arrive at Doncaster overnight and this has had a significant effect on the betting for the Ladbrokes St Leger, with the sponsors reporting a flood of money for Idaho ahead of the final British Classic of the season.   With up to 18mm of rain forecast overnight, Ladbrokes prepared themselves for a soft-ground St Leger and eased the favourite Idaho out to even money.   However, punters have kept a close eye on the weather and, with only 1mm falling on Town Moor so far this morning, the even money about the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt has now evaporated following an avalanche of cash over the past two hours.   The son of Galileo, who landed the Group Two Great Voltigeur at York last time out, is now a 4/6 shot with the sponsors, who will be cheering home every other horse in the race home in their attempt to get the favourite beaten.   “The British weather is notoriously difficult to predict at the best of times and it’s fair to say that we’ve been caught out with the lack of rain at Doncaster so far this morning,” said Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams.   “We had been bracing ourselves for a Leger mudbath but a relatively dry night means that we’re now facing one-way traffic after punters up and down the country snapped up the even money about Idaho.”     Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: 4/6 Idaho; 5/1 Muntahaa; 8/1 Housesofparliament; 11/1 Sword Fighter; 20/1 Ventura Storm; 25/1 Ormito; 33/1 Harbour Law; 66/1 Harrison; 100/1 The Tartan Spartan.   ¼ 1-2-3

 

2016 Ladbrokes St Leger – Facts & Figures

 

Previous Winning Trainers Aidan O’Brien (Housesofparliament, Idaho & Sword Fighter) Past winners were Milan 2001, Brian Boru 2003, Scorpion 2005 & Leading Light 2013.   John Gosden (Muntahaa) Past winners were Shantou 1996, Lucarno 2007, Arctic Cosmos 2010 & Masked Marvel 2011.   Previous Winning Jockeys None.   Oldest Trainer Mick Channon (Harrison), 67.   Youngest Trainer Laura Mongan (Harbour Law), 36.   Oldest Jockey Seamie Heffernan (Idaho), 44.   Youngest Jockey Donnacha O’Brien (Sword Fighter), 18.   Jockeys making their Ladbrokes St Leger Debut Graham Lee (2014 mountOdeon was withdrawn at the start), George Baker, Oisin Murphy, Donnacha O’Brien.   Trainers making their Ladbrokes St Leger debut Laura Mongan (Harbour Law), Pat Shanahan (The Tartan Spartan)   Owners making their Ladbrokes St Leger debut Tim Radford (Harrison), Jackie Cornwell (Harbour Law), Richard Morecomb & Lynda Ramsden (Ormito), Thistle Bloodstock (The Tartan Spartan), MiddlehamPark Racing (Ventura Storm).   Horses that have already won at distances beyond 1m 4f Harbour Law, Housesofparliament, Muntahaa, Sword Fighter, Ventura Storm.   Number of runners 9 (Average field size since 2000, 9.7). Smallest field: 2 -1917 Largest field: 30 – 1825 Current safety limit 20.   Runner with most prize money Idaho, £501,428.   Runner with least prize money The Tartan Spartan, £3,235.   Odds-On Favourites Idaho is currently the 4/6 favourite with Ladbrokes.   The last horse to start at odds-on in the Ladbrokes St Leger was Camelot, who was second at 2/5 in 2012.   There have been nine odds-on winners since World War II, most recently Scorpion at 10/11 in 2005. Other odds-on favourites to succeed in the post-war period were Tulyar (10/11, 1952), Meld (10/11, 1955), Alcide (4/9, 1958), St Paddy (4/6, 1960), Ragusa (2/5, 1963), Nijinsky (2/7, 1970), Oh So Sharp (8/11, 1985) and Reference Point (4/11, 1987).   Shortest-priced winner: Galtee More (1897) 1/10.   Great Voltigeur Stakes York’s Great Voltigeur Stakes is one of the leading Ladbrokes St Leger trials.   Seven horses have won both races since 1970, Lucarno being the most recent horse to complete the double in 2007.   Horses that were beaten in the Great Voltigeur Stakes have also gone on to win the Ladbrokes St Leger, with seven horses since 1987 having been beaten at York before going on to win at Doncaster, most recently Encke in 2012.   Idaho won the 2016 Great Voltigeur Stakes with Housesofparliament in second and Harrison in fourth.   Female Trainers Laura Mongan bids to become the first female trainer to win the Ladbrokes St Leger with Harbour Law.   The best runner to date for a female trainer was Demophilos, runner-up for Amanda Perrett in 2001.   Prize Money The 2016 renewal of the Ladbrokes St Leger has record headline prize money of £700,000 (up from £650,000 in 2015).   1-2-3 for Aidan O’Brien? Aidan O’Brien is responsible for three of the first four in the betting with Ladbrokes. He has previously saddled both the second and third on two occasions (2007 & 2015) but has never achieved the 1-2-3. The last trainer to achieve the 1-2 was Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor in 2009 (Mastery & Kite Wood).   Even if he does saddle the first three home on Saturday, O’Brien will still not overtake the record of James Croft, who remarkably saddled the first four horses home in 1822 – (Theodore, Violet, Professor and Corinthian).   Irish-Trained Winners (Since 1945): Vincent O’Brien (3): Ballymoss (1957), Nijinsky (1970), Boucher (1972). Paddy Prendergast (1): Ragusa (1963). Aidan O’Brien (4) Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005), Leading Light (2013).

De Sousa tries to go ahead again at Doncaster

  The ding-dong battle for the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship in Britain continues today, with Jim Crowley on 93 winners and reigning champion Silvestre De Sousa on 92 successes.   De Sousa, who has been riding at Doncaster all week during the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, went one ahead yesterday when partnering the Simon Crisford-trained Rodaini to victory the Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes.   Crowley almost immediately hit back when winning on another Crisford-trained horse – Shamsaya – at Salisbury and then won the next race on Fun Mac.   De Sousa, who appeared on Channel 4’s Morning Line programme today along with his wife Vicky and son Ryan, has five rides on Ladbrokes St Leger Day at Doncaster.   He starts off with outsider Ventura Storm in the Ladbrokes St Leger and then takes part in consecutive races,   They are: 3:45pm Ventura Storm in the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes 4:20pm Mount Moriah in the Champagne Pommery Nursery Handicap 4:50pm Czabo in the Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap 5:25pm Renfrew Street in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap 6:00pm High Grounds in the Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap   Jim Crowley counters with seven booked mounts at Lingfield Park.   They are: 1:50pm Cacica in the Paul Young Stag Party Fillies’ Handicap 2:25pm Fast Play in the Banjo Services Handicap 3:00pm Unforgetable Filly in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Maiden 3:35pm Surety in the Recycle Me UK Ltd Handicap 4:10pm Salateen in the British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes 4:40pm He’s No Saint in the Racing Welfare Handicap 5:15pm Sweet Dragon Fly in the Laurie Green Memorial Fillies’ Handicap

VERSE’S TOWN MOOR REDEMPTION CAPS MEMORABLE WEEK AT DONNY

 

With the concluding day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival upon us, this year’s meeting has once again lived up to expectations with a feast of top quality action at Town Moor over the first three days.   The Karl Burke-trained Lost At Sea took the spoils in the opening race of the meeting, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race, whilst Richard Fahey and Tony Hamilton registered a 14.75/1 double following the victories of Andok in the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap and Stamp Hill in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap.   Clive Cox and champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa teamed up to win the feature race on day one, Leger Legends Day, the Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes with the improving filly Priceless, whilst Roger Varian gained the first of his three winners at the meeting so far, courtesy of Mount Logan’s facile victory in the Story Contracting – Plant Construction & Rail Conditions Race. Local trainer Rebecca Bastiman recorded her first ever success at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival thanks to Singeur’s win in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap.   The first day however, belonged to Classic winning jockey turned trainer, 23-year-old Joseph O’Brien, who returned to the saddle in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race, making all on George Scott’s Phosphorescence for a length and a quarter victory.   Day two of the Festival, DFS Ladies Day, saw the fillies take centre stage on and off the track with Ralph Beckett, along with jockey Oisin Murphy and owners Qatar Racing Limited, registering a Group-race double with Rich Legacy in the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes and last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger heroine Simple Verse returning to the scene of her greatest triumph with a thrilling neck victory in the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes.   William Haggas also had a brace on day two, courtesy of Glitter Girl in the opening British Stallion Stud ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap before Mubtasim scored in the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes.   The most dramatic event of the second day, however, was the President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) a Group One for Purebred Arabians which saw Lightning Bolt, trained in the Netherlands by Karen Van Den Bos, land the spoils after the warm favourite Tayf, ridden by Olivier Peslier, jinked to the right and almost pulled himself up in the closing stages, throwing away what appeared certain victory.   The third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day, saw the feature race, the 250th Doncaster Cup, go to David Simcock’s globetrotting seven-year-old Sheikhzayedroad who got the better of Quest For More in a titanic tussle to the line, registering a nose success in an exciting renewal of the historic two and a quarter-mile contest on its 250th anniversary.   Newmarket trainers also dominated the day’s other feature races, with Roger Varian registering his third winner of the week courtesy of Spangled in the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, whilst John Gosden gained his second victory of the meeting with Ardad maintaining his unbeaten record over five furlongs under Frankie Dettori in the Group Two Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes.   Simon Crisford’s Rodaini ran out a gutsy winner of the Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes, under a masterful ride from Silvestre De Sousa. The Brazilian rider was registering his 92nd winner of the season, leaving him one behind Jim Crowley [93 winners] in the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship, which culminates at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day [October 15].   Fellow Newmarket handler Sir Michael Stoute gained his first victory of the meeting, courtesy of the lightly-raced Khairaat in the Still In The Running-FM Outsource Classified Race, whilst Josephine Gordon did her burgeoning career no harm with a fine ride aboard the rapidly-improving Wall Of Fire in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap for Hugo Palmer.   Malton trainer Nigel Tinkler stopped the Newmarket dominance however, by claiming the Coopers Marquees Handicap, the final race on day three with Normandy Barriere, partnered by Andrea Atzeni, riding his fourth winner of the meeting – double that of any other jockey at the Festival so far.   Another magnificent Ladbrokes St Leger Festival concludes today with the final British Classic of the season, the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger (3.45pm). A field of nine headed by odds-on favourite Idaho go to post in the extended one mile and six furlong contest. The Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes (2.00pm) and Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes (3.10pm) form part of a strong undercard on the final day.

 

GOING REMAINS GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY

 

For Ladbrokes St Leger Day, the going at Doncaster remains:

Good, Good to Firm in Places

 

After a damp morning, Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported today at 1.00pm: “The going remains unchanged for Ladbrokes St Leger Day after a total of two millimetres of rain fell since racing yesterday.”   There was a millimetre after rain started at 2am and then another millimetre after the rain resumed at around 11am.   Duncan added: “There is no more rain forecast on the current forecasts we have.”

 

UPDATED NON-RUNNERS AT 12.55pm

  2.35pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap 2  FINAL VENTURE (Vet’s Certificate, injured in box)   4.20pm Champagne Pommery Nursery Handicap 3  TEMERITY (IRE). (Going) 6  STELLAR SURPRISE (Going) 7  OCEANUS (IRE) (Going)   4.50pm Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap 1  THIRD TIME LUCKY (IRE) (Going)  

LEGER THE FOCUS IN RACING PAGES

This afternoon sees the 12th and final year of Ladbrokes’ sponsorship of the final British Classic of the season, the Ladbrokes St Leger, after the continuing stand-off between the big retail bookmaker and racing’s authorities over Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) status which has still to be resolved.   Under a recent agreement, a bookmaker which does not have ABP status will not be allowed to enter into any new sponsorship agreement with British horseracing, which has seen races like the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Sprint Cup at Haydock gain new backing.   There will be those behind the scenes who are still hopeful that the Harrow-based firm, along with the other members of bookmaking’s Big Four (Coral, who are merging with Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betfred, all of which are not ABPs), will be able to make a deal with racing but Ladbrokes’ chief executive Jim Mullen, in an exclusive interview with Mark Souster in The Times, explains that the situation is ‘very sad, very frustrating and makes me very angry’. However, Mullen does think that the ABP situation ‘will be resolved’ and that ‘the respect is there’, adding that ‘when you have got that, there is a way forward’.   The sponsors could do with a headline winner to round off their tenure as sponsors of the St Leger in style. This could come in the shape of Idaho, who is currently the 4/6 favourite with Ladbrokes to land the Group One event, but, understandably, the headline tipsters in the racing pages have largely looked elsewhere to provide their readers with a value bet.   Templegate (Steve Jones), writing in The Sun, reckons that Muntahaa rates a decent bet to give trainer John Gosden his fifth winner in the St Leger. Jones’ colleague, Claude Duval, has an in-depth interview with Gosden in the popular ‘Favourite’ pullout, while Matt Chapman, in his forthright column, plumps for Idaho’s stablemate, Sword Fighter, as a value each-way alternative to the favourite.   Marcus Townend, writing in the Daily Mail, focuses on the possibility of a rain-affected Ladbrokes St Leger, something which has been avoided due to the lack of precipitation on Town Moor overnight, while their top tipster, Sam Turner, agrees with The Sun’s Matt Chapman and points towards Sword Fighter as the potential Leger winner.   This is an opinion shared by Newsboy (David Yates), writing in the Daily Mirror’s Mirror Racing pullout, who states that Sword Fighter is ‘ready to land a knockout blow’ in the St Leger. Yates also fancies Pipers Note in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap, which is the big betting race on the card at Town Moor this afternoon.   The Daily Express’ The Scout opines that Idaho has the class to prevail at Doncaster this afternoon and the red-hot favourite is also the headline pick in the Daily Star’s ‘StarForm’ pullout. Their headline tipster, Patrick Weaver, thinks that the ‘O’Brien hotpot is a stand-out bet’.   The Yorkshire Post has gone to town with their coverage of Britain’s oldest Classic and not only does Tom Richmond focus on John Gosden’s ‘passionate’ defence of the race earlier this week but he has an in-depth interview with jockey Oisin Murphy, who rides Ormito for trainer Andrew Balding in this afternoon’s feature race. Murphy recently turned 21 on Tuesday and Richmond reckons there would no finer way to celebrate than with a first winner in the Ladbrokes St Leger.   The Racing Post’s David Carr, writing a scene-setter for this afternoon’s action, thinks that ‘Idaho holds the key to a stunning day’s action’ while Tom Segal, the paper’s popular Pricewise columnist, has tipped up Ormito as a value alternative to the favourite, though this was written with a Doncaster deluge in mind.   Doncaster does have to share the limelight with Leopardstown’s Irish Champions Weekend and the Group One QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (6.45pm), a race which Marcus Armytage, writing in The Daily Telegraph, think is at the mercy of Minding, who is taking on dual Derby hero Harzand in a mouth-watering clash.   Armytage goes for Sword Fighter in the Ladbrokes St Leger, a race which Greg Wood, writing in The Guardian, thinks will be won by Muntahaa. Wood’s main piece focuses on the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes though, a race which Wood bills as ‘Ireland’s greatest Flat race’, which not only features Minding and Harzand, but Coral-Eclipse winner Hawkbill, Prince of Wales’s Stakes scorer My Dream Boat and Highland Reel, who won the King George at Ascot.  

SNOW PREDICTED FOR DONCASTER

  Ladbrokes have reported significant levels of business ahead of their flagship sponsored day, Ladbrokes St Leger Day at Doncaster, which is the fourth and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.   The lion’s share of support in the feature race of the day, the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger (3.45pm), has come for Idaho, who has been backed into 4/6 favouritism (from even money) after a relatively dry night on Town Moor.   One of the best-backed horses of the day comes in the opening Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes (2.00pm) where Godolphin’s Thunder Snow has been well-supported and is now a 9/4 shot (from 3/1).   The two-year-old, a son of Helmet, was second behind War Decree in the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last time out and punters clearly think the Godolphin colt is the one who can beat the easy-to-back Rivet, who has drifted out to 5/4 at the head of the market (from 10/11).   Captain Colby has been a springer in the market for the Ladbrokes Portland (2.35pm) and the Ed Walker-trained four-year-old is now the 5/1 favourite (from an opening 9/1).   The Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes (3.10pm) has been a relatively quiet betting heat so far but, in the last hour, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Cougar Mountain has been nibbled into 8/1 (from 10/1).     Ladbrokes Market Moves   2.00pm: The At The Races Champagne Stakes – 9/4 (from 3/1) Thunder Snow   2.35pm: The Ladbrokes Portland – 5/1 (from 9/1) Captain Colby   3.10pm: The Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes – 8/1 (from 10/1) Cougar Mountain   3.45pm: The Ladbrokes St Leger – 4/6 (from evens) Idaho

RIVET NAILS IT

 

Rivet produced another performance full of promise when running out the head winner of the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs this afternoon.   The 7/4 favourite had to battle hard to get past the leader, and runner-up, Thunder Snow as the field quickened up and the front two pulled well clear of the third, D’Bai, in the final furlong.   It looked for one moment that the runner-up would hold on to his lead but, when jockey Andrea Atzeni gave his mount a couple of cracks of the whip, Rivet responded gamely to get his head in front well inside the final furlong and held onto his advantage in a driving finish.   Trainer William Haggas, who was recording his third winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival and moves alongside Roger Varian at the head of the top trainer leaderboard, was pleased enough with the performance of Rivet following the race.   “He is lovely-looking horse and a good mover – he is a nice horse,” said the trainer.   “He has had a race today and I thought he was a bit laboured. I think he is doing quite well physically and I need to assess this and see it again.   “He looked to make heavy weather of it but he won and that’s all that matters really. I would definitely like to run him again this season but, whether that is over seven furlongs or a mile, I don’t know. He’s in every smart race that I could find, so we will take it from there.   “I’m thrilled to bits but I need to see it again to assess it. They pulled clear of the third in a slowly-run race, which is a good sign. Andrea said he would get a mile and now probably wants it. He thought the ground was a bit loose on top for him but, all in all, he’s won and, when you come for a race like this from a maiden, you hope they do.   “The Racing Post Trophy back here (October 22) is a possibility but I don’t know whether I’ve put him in (he is entered). I think he’s a good moving horse but a lot of his family have liked top of the ground. All the jockeys who have ridden him so far like him so hopefully they can’t all be wrong.   “His owners, the Starship Partnership, are an eclectic mix. Des Scott, a 87-year-old South African, is marvellous. He’s had horses for 60 years, most in South Africa. There’s also a certain L K Piggott (Lester), who bred Rivet’s dam, Starship and also Messrs Tabor and Magnier. I’m pleased to say they leave it to us, which is fantastic.”

RIVETING FINISH FOR ATZENI

 

Jockey Andrea Atzeni continued his fine week on Town Moor after he registered his fifth winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival aboard 7/4 favourite Rivet, trained by William Haggas, in the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes.   Held up in mid-division in the seven furlong contest, the son of Fastnet Rock made good headway entering the final furlong to come and challenge Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Suroor.   The two-year-old kept on gamely for Atzeni’s urgings to score by a head in a thrilling finish to the first race of Ladbrokes St Leger Day, with Thunder Snow filling the runner-up position and D’Bai, trained by Charlie Appleby, also owned by Godolphin, a further five lengths back in third.   Atzeni said: “Rivet knuckled down well. He is tough and very genuine.   “He is probably still learning a little bit. He got the job done in the end and I would say he is a horse who will get better with time. He will be an even nicer horse next year.   “He is obviously a nice horse and you would think he would get a mile the way he was galloping on at the line and I was struggling to pull him up. He is a very good looking horse who can only get better with age.   “It was hard to pull him up. He is just a horse who is still learning as well. James Doyle probably got the run of the race on the rail and my horse has got a little bit lost.   “When he won last time [York, September 19, three and a quarter-lengths], it was hands and heels and he was made to work a little bit harder today.   Atzeni added: “I do think that he is a horse who is going to get better with time and will be a nice horse next year.”   2.00pm G2 At The Races Champagne Stakes 7f 1 RIVET (The Starship Partnership) William Haggas 2-9-00 Andrea Atzeni 7/4 Fav 2 Thunder Snow (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 James Doyle 2/1 3 D’Bai (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-00 William Buick 8/1   6 ran Distances: hd, 5 Time: 1m 26.63s Tote Win: £2.30 Places: £1.60; £1.40 Exacta: £5.20 Breeder: Des Scott Breeding: b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) – Starship (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))

THUNDER FINISHES SECOND

 

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained and Godolphin-owned Thunder Snow (2/1) finished a close runner-up in the opening race on day four of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes.   Under James Doyle, the two-year-old son of Helmet raced in second before going to the front with a quarter-mile remaining in the seven-furlong contest.   However, Andrea Atzeni, registering his fifth winner of the week at Town Moor, came with a late swopping run aboard 7/4 favourite Rivet to deny Doyle and Thunder Snow victory by a head in a thrilling finish. Another Godolphin runner D’Bai (8/1) trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick was a further five lengths back in third.   Bin Suroor said of his colt: “I’m pleased with Thunder Snow’s run. I’m happy with how he finished his race and he saw out the trip well. He has finished second in a Group Two which is a good result.   “This horse will certainly improve in the future. He may have needed this race after coming off a break of 45 days [Goodwood, July 26, beaten one and three-quarter lengths] so he will improve for the race.”   The Godolphin handler suggested the G1 Dewhurst at Newmarket [October 8] was a possible target for the colt. He remarked: “There are no plans at the moment for him. He may go for the Dewhurst.”   Charlie Appleby was pleased with the performance of D’Bai who stayed on creditably from the back of the field to finish third. Appleby commented: “He is a horse officially on ratings who had a lot to find and the first two are very smart.   “He is a Dubawi and he has more of a profile to be a three-year-old. He has lost nothing in what he has done there today – he’s been placed in a Group Two.”   Appleby suggested that would be the horse’s last run of the season. He said: “I’m happy enough with that. We will put him away for the winter now and we’ll see him as a potential Listed and Group Three type of horse next year when he strengthens up again.”

GOING AFTER THE FIRST

 

Andre Atzeni, jockey of 7/4 favourite and winner Rivet, said: “It is on the quick side of good but loose on top.”   James Doyle, on board the head second Thunder Snow, said: “Dead. It hasn’t changed that much.”   William Buick, on board D’Bai, said: “Good, but loose on top.”   Jamie Spencer, rider of Grey Britain, said: “Good. That shower has freshened it up a lot.”   Sean Levey, partner of Majeste, said: “It is a bit loose on top.”   Tom Eaves, partner of Tommy Taylor, said: “They are taking the top off it.”

CAPTAIN REIGNS SUPREME ON TOWN MOOR

 

The well-backed 6/1 joint-favourite Captain Colby registered a smooth success in the second race on day four of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap.   The four-year-old travelled in mid-division in the early stages of the extended five-furlong contest and stayed on strongly under William Buick entering the final furlong to challenge for the lead.   The son of Bernstein responded to Buick’s urgings to come clear of his rivals in the closing stages, registering a comfortable length and a half victory with George Baker’s Humidor (20/1) filling the runner-up position and stable-mate Harry Hurricane (10/1), a further half-length back in third. Roger Varian’s Double Up (6/1 joint-favourite) was a head back in fourth.   Ed Walker, trainer of the improving winner, said: “He didn’t seem to be going a yard and looked off the bridle a long way out and then came back on it mid-race and he then finished like a train.   “I don’t know whether he is ready for a step up in trip or whether it was just that the ground is a bit loose, but I’m delighted.   “He’s done it well in the end and it looked like he could go back up to six furlongs which is great as it gives us a lot of options.”   “He can be a bit of a goon and a bit of a prat – if there is anything to try and hurt himself on or interfere with the string – he’s just a silly horse but there is no nastiness in him. Luckily, he saves plenty of energy for the races.”   Walker suggested there were plenty of possible options for the gelding in the future, commenting: “He could be a horse for Dubai or something but there are loads of options with him.   He added: “That ground was just about getting too soft for him. I think we are going to struggle now going into the autumn. He will be a nice horse next year and he has been lightly raced this year. The ground will really dictate where he goes.”

CAPTAIN IN COMMAND

 

The Ed Walker-trained Captain Colby produced a commanding performance to put his rivals to the sword in the Ladbrokes Portland over five-and-a-half furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon.   The 6/1 joint-favourite, backed in from 9/1 this morning, was always travelling kindly under jockey William Buick and responded instantly to his rider’s urgings when asked for his effort, powering away for an effortless length and a half victory from the 20/1 runner-up Humidor.   Buick was delighted by the performance of Captain Colby after the race and revealed everything went relatively smoothly for the pair this afternoon.   “It was a good run at York last time,” said Buick. “The ground is very loose so he didn’t like it. It took him a while to get on an even keel but he found his feet towards the end and finished off very strongly. “He is quite a talented horse – I have won on him before – and Ed has found the key to him.”   2.35pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap 5f 140yds   1 Captain Colby (Lee Tze Bun Marces) Ed Walker 4-9-00 William Buick 6/1 Jt Fav 2 Humidor (Delancey) George Baker 9-9-03 Fergus Sweeney 20/1 3 Harry Hurricane (PJL Racing) George Baker 4-9-00 Robert Winston 10/1 4 Double Up (Alan & Mike Spence) Roger Varian 5-9-10 Andrea Atzeni 8/1   20 ran Distances: 1½, ½, hd Time: 1m 06.91s Tote Win £6.60 Places £1.90, £4.90, £2.50, £2.70 Exacta £130.80 6/1 Jt Fav Red Pike (16th) Breeder: Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate Breeding: b g Bernstein (USA) – Escape To Victory (Salse (USA))

 

NO CIGAR FOR HUMIDOR

  A game run but no cigar for the length and a half second, Humidor (20/1), in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap. This is the Camacho gelding’s third time in the places in three runs, with a second and fourth at Epsom and Goodwood respectively.   Fergus Sweeney, who partnered the nine-year-old in said: “He ran very well. He seems to have come back to form in his last three runs. He picked up nicely and I thought we had a chance of winning but we just got beat by a better horse on the day.”   Robert Winston, who partnered the third-home, Harry Hurricane (10/1), in the extended five-furlong handicap, said: “Everything went well. We had a lovely position tracking the leaders and got the gaps. He has run a big race but he just doesn’t see out that last half furlong. He is more of a five-furlong specialist.   “The ground today was perfect for him.”   Both Humidor and Hurry Hurricane are trained by George Baker at Manton.

 

GREAT BRETON

  Breton Rock left it late but pounced on the line to record a short-head victory in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon   The 7/2 second-favourite looked to be struggling as The Happy Prince burst into the lead at the furlong pole and it looks as if the Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old had put the race to bed. However, jockey Andrea Atzeni never gave up and Breton Rock responded to his urgings, conjuring up a withering run to catch the runner-up on the line.   Trainer David Simcock was delighted with the performance of the winner after the race.   “He’s an absolute star,” said the trainer. “He’s a pleasure to train and gives his owner (John Cook), who is a really good man, a lot of pleasure. He finished sixth in a Lockinge (at Newbury) on good ground so he’s quite versatile. That little bit of rain we’ve had has helped – it’s just loose on top now and a lot of horses can’t handle that.   “When Roderick Duncan (Clerk of the Course at Doncaster) said it was Good, Good to Firm in places this morning and there wouldn’t be much more rain, I wasn’t a happy man. I wasn’t too happy after last week (when Breton Rock was beaten at Haydock) but he’s made up for that here. I love these old horses. They come good for you and he is another that is a pleasure to train – he is so straightforward and very simple. Last week’s run would have put him absolutely spot on for this.   “Andrea said that he came off the bridle after three and a half furlongs, so he gave him a squeeze and he came back on it. He said that he was pretty confident from there and all he needed was a gap. Last week – he had never won over a mile, had a 4lb penalty and was coming back from a break, so there was plenty against him. The little rain we had here at 11 o’clock has made a huge difference as it has loosened the ground. Some horses don’t like racing on loose ground but he enjoyed it.”   3.10pm G2 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes 7f   1 Breton Rock (John Cook) David Simcock 6-9-04 Andrea Atzeni 7/2 2 The Happy Prince (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 4-9-04 Seamie Heffernan 14/1 3 Adaay (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 4-9-04 Paul Hanagan 4/1   8 ran; Distances: sh, ½ Time: 1m 25.35s; Tote Win £4.90 Places £1.50, £2.80, £1.60 Exacta £52.20 11/4 Fav Richard Pankhurst (5th) Breeder: George Kent; Breeding: b g Bahamian Bounty – Anna´s Rock (IRE) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))

ATZENI ROCKS TOWN MOOR

  Andrea Atzeni continued his memorable week on Town Moor by registering his sixth winner of the meeting aboard 7/2 shot Breton Rock in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes, the third race on day four of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.   The Bahamian Bounty gelding travelled kindly at the rear early on and scythed through the field entering the final furlong to pose a challenge.   The four-year-old showed a potent turn of foot in the closing stages to collar Aidan O’Brien’s The Happy Prince (14/1) by a short-head in a pulsating finish to the £100,000 contest. The William Haggas-trainer Adaay (4/1) was a further half-length back in third.   David Simcock’s charge was third in this race last year and seemed to appreciate the two millimetres of rain which had fallen on the track overnight and into this morning.   Atzeni, registering an 11/1 double on the day, following Rivet’s success in the opening Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes, said: “As soon as the gaps appeared, he was always going to get there. He was very game for me and it was great to get the ride on him really.   “I’d say that some of the rain which has fallen helped him. I thought he needed soft ground but he is obviously very versatile.   “David Simcock was pretty confident about him before the race and he was a different horse today.   “He picked up well. I have never ridden him before and David told me to let him enjoy himself early on and hopefully he would pick up well. It was just waiting to get the gaps really – he was always going to get there.”   Atzeni who recorded back-to-back successes in the Ladbrokes St Leger aboard Kingston Hill [2014] and Simple Verse [2015], doesn’t have a ride in this year’s race but was delighted with his week’s work so far.   He said: “It’s been a special week for me. I’ve been very lucky in the past at Doncaster so let’s just hope it continues.”

SECOND PRINCE STILL HAPPY

  Seamie Heffernan warmed up for the Ladbrokes St Leger with a short head second in the Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes, on board The Happy Prince   The Aidan O’Brien raider, sent of at 14/1, went for home first but was collared on the line by the winner Breton Rock.   Heffernan said of his O’Brien-trained ride: “He ran very well, he is getting there now. His last run was good and today was a notch up again, I am happy with him.   “I hope I can go one better in the next one (aboard favourite Idaho)!”   Paul Smith, son of part-owner Derrick Smith, commented: ”He ran a great race.   “He is by Rip Van Winkle and it is great seeing them coming to the fore. He did that well, Seamie said it was his ideal trip and he ran a big race.   “We are hopeful about the Ladbrokes St Leger. All the horses are in great form, Aidan is really happy with them, they travelled over well. We didn’t get the rain that we were expecting, which is probably a good thing for us. There is probably a little bit of cut in there which you expect – we have a big chance.   “We are going to try and get back in time for the Irish Champion Stakes.”   Paul Hanagan, on board third home Adaay (4/1), said: “He ran really well.   “He just hung most of the way. Maybe the ground was a bit too slow for him, they are getting into it now.”

HARBOUR SAILS TO LEGER VICTORY

 

The Laura Mongan-trained Harbour Law was the shock winner of an eventful running of the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster this afternoon.   The 22/1 shot stayed on stoutly to pass the 14/1 runner-up Ventura Storm and 7/1 third Housesofparliament in the closing stages to give Epsom its first Classic winner since 1969 (Right Tack in the 2000 Guineas, trained by John Sutcliffe junior).   The race was not without drama though as the 4/6 favourite, Idaho, unseated his jockey Seamie Heffernan halfway down the home straight after stumbling when travelling powerfully behind the leaders.   The victory not only gave George Baker his first Classic success but it was also the first time a female trainer has trained the winner of Britain’s oldest Classic.   Baker had been previously been denied two big prizes yesterday at Doncaster. He was beaten a nose on Quest For More in the 250th Doncaster Cup (by Sheikhzayedroad) and also by length and a quarter on Seamour in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (by Wall Of Fire).   “I can’t believe that,” said Baker.   “I am so happy for Laura and Ian (Mongan – former jockey and Laura’s husband) because they have had so much belief in him.   “They have done everything right – they have given him plenty of time between his races and it has 110 per cent paid dividends for them.   “It’s an amazing feeling. It was a hard day yesterday and I find that you have to get over it, work out if you think you can make any improvement and get on with it.   “Today is just a sweet, sweet result.   “I worked him at Kempton about two weeks ago and he felt brilliant. I kind of felt that we all had Idaho to beat and, when they had that incident, it made it a very open race.”

JOCKEY REACTIONS AFTER THE LADBROKES ST LEGER

George Baker, on board the winner Harbour Law, said: “I am just very pleased for Laura and Ian. They have a British Classic winner! They have worked really hard with him, have placed him really well and have also given him plenty of time between his races.”   Silvestre de Sousa, on second-placed Ventura Storm, said: “It was a good effort. He was just unlucky.”   Colm O’Donoghue, on third Housesofparliament, said: “He ran a blinder. The pace was strong throughout. He travelled very smooth but he may not have wanted that bit of rain to come – he is a very good mover. He ran a gallant race.”   Paul Hanagan, on Muntahaa (4th), said: “They didn’t really go quick enough for me so I had to make my own running. He was also a bit to keen. He made the running at Chester and is maybe still thinking about that.”   Donnacha O’Brien, on Sword Fighter (5th), said: “He went ok. He just lacks a little bit of class over a mile-and-six.”   Graham Lee, partner of Harrison (6th) said: “He ran well.”   Oisin Murphy, on Ormito (7th), said: “We went a nice clip. It rode like a decent renewal. It was just hard luck on Seamie Heffernan (who unseated from the favourite Idaho). I hit a false patch of ground as I came round the bend and was lucky not to come down.”   Phillip Makin, on The Tartan Spartan (8th), said: “It is only the third run of his life and he is perhaps still a bit weak. He ran as an outsider and he ran like an outsider. He is perhaps a little bit better than that.”

 

The 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger – Result

Group 1, £700,000 total prize fund. 3.45pm, Saturday, September 10, 1m 6f 132y. For three-year-olds only, entire colts (9st 1lb) and fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (42 entries), scratchings deadline August 23 (25 remained), five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5 (15 confirmations), final declarations 10.00am, September 8 (9 declared runners). Penalty value 1st £396,970.00 2nd £150,500.00 3rd £75,320.00 4th £37,520.00 5th £18,830.00 6th £9,450.00 1 HARBOUR LAW (Jackie Cornwell) Laura Mongan 3-9-01 George Baker 22/1   2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing LXXII) Richard Hannon 3-9-01 Sivestre De Sousa 14/1   3 HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE ts3-9-01 Colm O’Donoghue 7/1   4 MUNTAHAA (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden h3-9-01 Paul Hanagan 4/1   5 SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-01 Donnacha O’Brien 9/1   6 HARRISON (Tim Radford) Mick Channon 3-9-01 Graham Lee 40/1   7 ORMITO (GER) (Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden) Andrew Balding cp1 3-9-01 Oisin Murphy 20/1   8 THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) (Thistle Bloodstock Limited) Pat Shanahan IRE 3-9-01 Phillip Makin 66/1   UNSEATED RIDER) IDAHO (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-01 Seamie Heffernan 4/6 FAV   9 ran Time: 3m 05.48s Distances: ¾, sh, 10, 8, 2, neck, 5 Tote Win £29.60 Places £4.20, £2.70, £2.00 Exacta £218.60 Breeder: Hascombe And Valiant Studs Breeding: b c Lawman (FR) – Abunai (Pivotal)   Laura Mongan becomes the first woman to train a winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger   Mongan is only the third UK-based woman trainer to win a Classic. Pam Sly saddled Speciosa in the 2006 1000 Guineas while Helen Johnson Houghton trained the 1956 2000 Guineas hero Gilles De Retz. Gilles De Retz ran in the name of Johnson Houghton’s assistant trainer Charles Jardine due to women being unable to hold a training licence at the time. French-based Criquette Head-Maarek has also won the 1000 Guineas four times.   Harbour Law becomes the first Classic winner trained in Epsom since Right Tack in the 1969 2000 Guineas (trained by John Sutcliffe Jnr)   First Classic winner for jockey George Baker   Stewards’ Enquiry The Stewards held an enquiry into the fall of Seamie Heffernan, the rider of IDAHO (IRE), approaching 3 furlongs out. They were unable to interview the rider as he was being assessed by the medical staff. Having viewed recordings of the incident the Stewards found that the fall was caused by IDAHO (IRE) stumbling when being switched right handed, causing the rider to be unseated. Being satisfied that no other horse or rider was involved, the Stewards took no further action.   Oisin Murphy, the rider of ORMITO (GER), unplaced, reported that the colt stumbled approximately 5 furlongs out.

 

HARBOUR LAYS DOWN LAW FOR MONGANS IN LEGER

 

22/1 shot Harbour Law, trained by Epsom handler Laura Mongan, was the surprise winner of an incident-packed running of the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster this afternoon.   Ridden by George Baker, the three-year-old son of Lawman stayed on gamely in the closing stages to beat Richard Hannon’s Ventura Storm (14/1) by three-quarters of a length with Housesofparliament (7/1), trained by Aidan O’Brien, a short-head back in third.   An eventful race saw the warm (4/6) favourite Idaho unseat rider Seamie Heffernan in the home straight, having stumbled when seeming to be travelling powerfully behind the leader.   Harbour Law travelled well throughout the extended one mile and six furlong contest and entering the final furlong came to challenge for the lead. The colt responded to Baker’s urgings to register victory in the shadows of the post in a pulsating finish to the Classic, drawing cheers from the crowd at Town Moor.   Mongan became the first female trainer to ever win Britain’s oldest Classic and along with Baker, was winning her first Classic contest. The victory was also the first time since 1969 that a horse trained in Epsom has won a British Classic [Right Tack, trained by John Sutcliffe junior, 2000 Guineas]   An emotional Mongan said: “It was brilliant. He is a classy horse. I’m still shocked but that was good! He was good enough and I am just so glad we brought him here. He proved to everyone that he could do it. George knows the horse and did the right thing on him, so credit to him.   “It was a really professional performance from the horse. We knew he was classy and we knew he was going to go somewhere in life and today he has. It’s amazing. He looked really well in the paddock.”   The trainer was also delighted to help put Epsom back on the map, which once such a fine training establishment, has experienced a spell in the doldrums in recent years.   She commented:.”It’s a bit surreal at the moment but it was absolutely brilliant. We have a great team at home and it proves that we can do it with the right ammunition and it proves that Epsom can do it. We do very well as a team with what we have got at home. It’s just great to have a horse like this and bring him here.”   Mongan also heaped praise on Baker who gave the colt a masterful ride. She remarked: “George knew exactly what to do at the right time and we knew coming into today that we could leave it to George as we had done everything we could at home.   “We’ve done it. He’s a great horse and I just hope we are lucky enough to hold onto him. All he has done all season is mature and grow up and he is just very exciting. It’s a great day.”   Mongan suggested the horse will continue to improve into his four-year-old campaign adding: “I feel now that he will be an even better horse next year. He’s exciting.”   Ian Mongan, Group One winning jockey and Laura’s husband, said: “We’ve had a lot of faith in this horse but did we think he would win the St Leger? Maybe. He has come up against the best of the best. From a little yard in Epsom, we are taking on the mighty power of Coolmore and all the other trainers.   “Henry Cecil sat me down three or four years ago and told me that good horses make good trainers and jockeys and that is exactly what happened today. He is a good horse. We were lucky that he came into our yard and all you have to do is feed them well and train them well and they’ve got engines and take you to special places.  This horse has taken us to the St Leger – a Classic race. No woman trainer has ever won this race and Laura has done it today.   “Laura’s a fantastic trainer, a fantastic wife and a fantastic mother. We left our seven-year-old daughter Daisy at home today to come here and its her birthday and now we’ve justified it.   “To train a St Leger winner, I can’t quite believe it. I rode in the Derby and the 2000 Guineas but never in the St Leger. This means so much to me and to Laura and the family and the yard. Epsom has struggled since the rise of Newmarket and Lambourn. Hopefully, this will put it back on the map.   “I can’t get my head around the fact that this horse has won the St Leger. We came into today hoping he would run well and we thought we could only dream that he’d win but he has. He’s such a lovely horse.   “Of all the horses we have who are rated 50, 60, 70, 80, he is the easiest horse to train. This good horse has come to our yard and he has put us on the map. He’s very professional and he’s a class act.”

LEGER SECOND FOR STORM

  Ventura Storm took the lead before the furlong-pole in the Ladbrokes St Leger and looked all over the winner under champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa until Harbour Law came with a strong run to take over the advantage in the closing stages and win going away by three quarters of a length.   The 14/1 chance just saw off Housesofparliament (7/1) by a short-head for second.   Ventura Storm, owned by a 12-strong syndicate of the Middleham Park Racing, is trained by Richard Hannon who said: “He has run a great race and he looked like he was going to win for most of the straight but got chinned.   “I am a little disappointed not to win but I could not be more pleased with the horse – he has run a super race and the owners are delighted.”   Kevin Buckley, Coolmore’s representative in Britain, talked about 4/6 favourite Idaho unseating Seamie Heffernan three furlongs from home and Housesofparliament’s third place.   He said: “I just hope Seamie is all right – I have not heard the latest but I believe he is up on his feet. The horse might have taken a false step which is so disappointing. The main thing is that Seamie is OK – he is meant to be flying over to Leopardstown.   “Housesofparliament ran well – I am not making excuses but the horses are taking the top off the ground and on his last two races at Newmarket and York he has shown that he does appreciate proper good to firm ground. That might have blunted him a little bit but fair play to Laura Mongan and her team – a great result and for George Baker too.”

HEFFERNAN GOING FOR A PRECAUTIONARY SCAN

  Seamie Heffernan, who was unseated on the 4/6 favourite Idaho in the Ladbrokes St Leger, is being taken to Sheffield for a head scan.   Kevin Buckley, UK representative for Coolmore said: “The medical staff feel he may have had a knock to the head when he fell.   “The doctor wants to send him to Sheffield’s hospital for a precautionary scan just to be 100% sure.   “Seamie is sat up in the medical room and chatting away and seems fine.   I rang Aidan (O’Brien) when I heard the news (about the scan) but he doesn’t know who will take Seamie’s ride (on Highland Reel in the Irish Champion Stakes) yet.   “I am going to go with him to Sheffield in the ambulance.”

 

SEVEN-UP ATZENI WINS ON KHALIDI

 

Andrea Atzeni recorded his seventh victory of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival when Khalidi landed the Champagne Pommery Nursery at Doncaster this afternoon.   The 5/2 joint-favourite was always travelling sweetly for his jockey and the John Gosden-trained two-year-old dug deep to register a length and a quarter victory over the other 5/2 joint-favourite Harbour Master.   The Sardinian-born jockey has now ridden three winners this afternoon, following successes for Rivet in the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes and Breton Rock in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes. These three victories give Atzeni a 42.31/1 treble on the day.   “It’s been a great week,” said Atzeni.   “I’ve been very lucky here. When you ride nice horses like I do, it makes the job a lot easier.   “Khalidi won nicely – he picked up well. I think he’s a lovely horse – he’s got a nice mind and I think he’s got a bright future.”     4.20pm Champagne Pommery Nursery Handicap 1m   1 Khalidi (Nizar Anwar) John Gosden 2-9-03 Andrea Atzeni 5/2 Jt Fav 2 Harbour Master (Michael Buckley & Charles Noell) Jamie Osborne 2-9-07 Jame Spencer 5/2 Jt Fav 3 Maths Prize (The Queen) Roger Charlton 2-9-06 George Baker 4/1   6 ran Distances: 1¼, nk Time: 1m 40.79s Tote Win £3.50 Places £1.80, £1.70 Exacta £9.60 Breeder: Aston House Stud Breeding: br c High Chaparral (IRE) – Bezique (Cape Cross (IRE))

 

MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING GO CLOSE TO CLASSIC SUCCESS

  Middleham Park Racing gained its best Classic placing with Ventura Storm’s second in the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger.   The syndicate managers were founded by Tim Palin and his son Tom reacted: “It is never nice to see a Classic end that way with the favourite unseating his jockey, but for Laura Mongan to train the winner and for a syndicate to own the second is fantastic.   “My dad set the company up 22 years ago and we live half an hour away so the St Leger is a race we have always come to as a family and it is extra special for that.   “Good credit to the owners who have followed this horse through thick and thin. It is a lovely group of people. I really felt that we were going to win for a while. Silvestre (De Sousa jockey) said the horse gave him a lovely feel. We were beaten by a better horse on the day.   “Ventura Storm has definitely stayed and he could even be a Cup horse next year.   “Some people doubted a son of Zoffany, trained by Richard Hannon, over this trip and but we have proved them wrong today.   “We had a champion two-year-old (Toormore) go off fourth favourite for the 2000 Guineas and he finished seventh. That was our best Classic performance before today.   “Today’s performance is something special and we now want to go one step better.  There are 12 owners in the syndicate and I think everyone is here. The horse cost 110,000 guineas at the breeze-ups.”

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER, 2016

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HARBOUR LAW factfile – the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger winner

  Born: March 30, 2013 Breeding: b c Lawman (FR) – Abunai (Pivotal) Breeder: Hascombe And Valiant Studs Owner: Jackie Cornwell Trainer: Laura Mongan Jockey: George Baker Form: 211241   *Won the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger at 22/1 for Laura Mongan, the first female trainer to succeed in the world’s oldest Classic. *Previously fourth, beaten two lengths, behind Housesofparliament in the G3 Bahrain Trophy over a mile and five furlongs at Newmarket on July 7. *Runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Sword Fighter in Listed Queen’s Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot on June 17. *First start for present trainer resulted in a win in a 12-furlong maiden at Salisbury on May 1 followed up by a 14-furlong handicap at Sandown Park on May 19. *Did not run at two and made debut for trainer Jo Crowley in a 12-furlong Lingfield maiden on Polytrack on March 18 when second at 20/1. Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 3; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £431,441   Jackie Cornwell Jackie and husband Nick have various business and bloodstock interests. The couple have owned racehorses for over 20 years, initially in partnerships/syndicates with friends, and now run an expanding bloodstock business. They have two farms in Northampton and a breeding and pre-training operation at Whitcombe in Dorset which houses 58 thoroughbreds made up of foals, mares and yearlings. Of those in training, all but one are with Laura Mongan in Epsom – the other is with Jeremy Gask. Ladbrokes St Leger wins – 2016 HARBOUR LAW   Laura Mongan (Condover Stables, Epsom) Born: February 8, 1980 Background: rode from an early age through the pony club and then competed in show jumping and eventing. Took out an amateur licence aged 16 whilst working for Epsom trainer Brooke Sanders. After 60 rides and five successes, moved to Newmarket to work for Nick Littmoden, Sir Mark Prescott and Harvey Cyzer. Returned to Epsom to start training in 2004 and has enjoyed success under both codes with her biggest victory coming in the 2013 Imperial Cup at Sandown Park with First Avenue. Married to former Flat jockey Ian Mongan, who retired from race riding in 2013 at the age of 34 because of weight issues after around 750 winners, including Twice Over, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, in the G1 Juddmonte International at York in 2011 First Flat winner: Revolve, Lingfield Park, November 21, 2005.British Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2016 Harbour Law) Ladbrokes St Leger record – 2016 HARBOUR LAW (WON)   George Baker Born: September 1, 1982 Background: the son of a farrier in Lambourn, the six-foot Baker is one of the tallest Flat jockeys. After leaving school, he joined Mark Usher’s stable in July, 1999, and had his first winner on the All-Weather aboard Beauchamp Magic at Wolverhampton on December 4 that year. Reached a century of victories in 2008, 2010 and 2013 when he broke the £1-million prize money mark for the first time. Best total came in 2014 when he rode 162 winners. British Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2016 Harbour Law) First Group One win: Seal Of Approval, QIPCO Champion Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes, Ascot, October 19, 2013. Other major wins include: Celebration Mile (2012 Premio Loco), Temple Stakes (2012 Bated Breath, 2015 Pearl Secret), Wokingham Handicap (2015 Interception), Lonsdale Cup (2016 Quest For More). Ladbrokes St Leger record – 2016 HARBOUR LAW (WON)  

MASTERFUL SPENCER CHANGES EVERYTHING

 

A masterful ride from Jamie Spencer gave David Simcock his third success of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival after 7/1 shot Can’t Change It was a narrow winner of the Napoleons Casinos & Restuarants Handicap, the sixth race on day four of the Festival.   Spencer held up the grey son of Verglas early in the mile contest before producing the five-year-old with a perfectly timed run in between horses in the closing stages.   Simcock’s charge stayed on well to score by three-quarters of a length, with Luca Cumani’s Banksea (2/1 favourite) filling the runner-up position and Henry Candy’s Dinkum Diamond (14/1), finishing third.   The trainer was quick to heap praise on Spencer, who was always confident on the gelding, commenting: “That was a proper ride. He has to be ridden like that.   “He enjoys that little bit of juice. The ground was too fast for him last time at Goodwood [13th, beaten seven and a half-lengths, August 27] but he is a very talented horse at home.   “He is a little frustrating sometimes but that was a good ride. Jamie knew exactly what he was doing and he followed the right horse. It was good.”   The Newmarket handler was registering a 35/1 double following the victory of Breton Rock (7/2) in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes.   Simcock, who also took the 250th Doncaster Cup with Sheikhzayedroad yesterday, remarked: “I’m lucky to train nice horses.”  

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

  Can’t Change It benefitted from a fine ride from jockey Jamie Spencer when landing the Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap over a mile at Doncaster this afternoon.   The 7/1 shot was held up until the last minute to make his challenge, with Spencer threading the David Simcock-trained gelding between horses before running on strongly to beat the 2/1 favourite Banksea by three quarters of a length.   Spencer was quick to praise the horse after the race.   “He’s a smart horse,” said the jockey.   “He just needs everything to fall right for him. He needs a reasonable pace and just a bit of juice in the ground suits him fine.   “At Goodwood (in the Betfred Mile), he didn’t have the best draw so we had to rush him up a bit and it didn’t suit. He likes to be held up until the last minute and that’s what happened here.”     4.50pm Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap 1m   1 Can’t Change It (Mrs Fitri Hay) David Simcock 5-9-04 Jamie Spencer 7/1 2 Banksea (Leonidas Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 3-9-04 Andrea Atzeni 2/1 Fav 3 Dinkum Diamond (Eight Star Syndicate) Henry Candy 9-9-09 Oisin Murphy 12/1   8 ran Distances: ¾, ¾ Time: 1m 39.40s Tote Win £7.80 Places £2.20, £1.20, £2.70 Exacta £24.80 Breeder: Peter & Hugh McCutcheon Breeding: gr g Verglas (IRE) – All Tied Up (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE))

 

Sponsors hail dream result as Harbour Law wins St Leger

  Harbour Law’s Ladbrokes St Leger win was the dream result for the sponsors said Ladbrokes.   The horse was returned a relatively unfancied 22/1 shot in a thrilling finish to hand trainer Laura Mongan success with her first-ever Classic runner.   The bookies reported a surge of bets on red-hot favourite Idaho (4/6) who unseated his rider in an action-packed race.   David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “In what looks likely to be our last Ladbrokes St Leger, we’ve been handed a dream result.   “Harbour Law was great for our bottom line but, every bit as importantly, it is a sensational story with Laura Mongan and George Baker the superstars.   “After 12 years of sponsorship, we are leaving Doncaster with a wonderful final Classic to look back on with pride.”

 

EIGHT FOR ATZENI

  Sardinian jockey Andrea Atzeni continued his remarkable week on Town Moor by registering his eighth winner of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, and his fourth winner of the day, following the success of 10/3 favourite Bess Of Hardwick in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.   Luca Cumani’s lightly-raced four-year-old travelled kindly throughout the one mile and four furlong contest and challenged for the lead at the two furlong pole.   The daughter of Dansili kept on gamely for Atzeni in the closing stages to come clear of her rivals and register a decisive length and three-quarter victory.   Mark Johnston’s Kiltara (11/1) filled the runner-up position, with David O’Meara’s fast-finishing Lustrous (20/1), a head back in third.   Atzeni said: “She’s a filly who stays very well. She won quite well in the end. She did hang left but I think that is because she is inexperienced. I think she is a decent filly.”   Atzeni was registering a 187/1 four-timer following the victories of Rivet [Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes], Breton Rock [Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes] and Khalidi [Champagne Pommery Nursery].   Reflecting on his week so far, he remarked: “It’s great for me. We’ve got one more to go now.”   5.25pm EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap 1m 4f 1 Bess Of Hardwick (Duke of Devonshire) Luca Cumani 4-9-01 Andrea Atzeni 100/30 Fav 2 Kiltara (Ballylinch Stud) Mark Johnston 4-9-02 Oisin Murphy 11/1 3 Lustrous (Poilin Good) David O’Meara 5-9-12 Phillip Makin 20/1   8 ran Distances: 1¾, hd Time 2m 33.31s Tote Win £4.40 Places £1.60, £3.10, £4.90 Exacta £39.10 Breeder: The Duke of Devonshire Breeding: b f Dansili – Request (Rainbow Quest (USA))

 

CORNWELL ECSTATIC

 

Nick Cornwell, winning owner alongside his wife Jackie, was understandably thrilled by his historic win with Harbour Law in the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger.   Cornwell said: “My first thoughts are that I am ecstatic – overwhelmed!   “It just shows that you don’t have to be the biggest to have a chance to win. If you get the right one with the right people you can go all the way.   “I bought the horse at the Goffs London Sale (£30,000). I knew the horse because he was prepared for the sale by Malcolm Bastard. We use Malcolm to prep some of our horses when they go to sale.   “I always knew he was going to be a three-year-old and we planned towards that. Laura then took him onboard.   “We came here today with high hopes. We have always felt that we had a serious horse. I honestly thought that if we had rain we had a serious chance of a place, if not winning. We were a serious threat in the race.   “I drove up from Dorset today with some of the team. It rained all the way up until within twenty miles of the course. We always wanted cut in the ground so I was delighted. We felt that if we got some cut in the ground it might take some of the sting out of the other horses like Idaho.   ”Coming here the other horses were unproven over a mile-and-six except for Sword Fighter.   “Before we went to Ascot (the Listed Queens Vase – second) we had quite a large number of offers to sell him from a mixture of places, Europe, Australia and to stay here in the UK. They were people looking for a Cup horse. He was always going to be a Cup horse, a Melbourne horse of the future.   “But for us the chance to experience Ascot – which was tremendous – was too much.   “We had an entry in the Group Two in France but we won’t go there now. We will put him away and digest it and think what we will do next season.   “Laura and Ian (Mongan) and our team in Whitcombe will all sit down and decide what to do.   “We would have about 60 horses of our own across the breeding and racing operations. We are down in Whitcombe and do our own pre-training there. We sold our two farms in Northampton with a view to buying Whitcombe.   “We live in Sandbanks, our children have been educated in Dorset, the quality of living is wonderful there, it is an area that we love.   “We are planning a long-term operation, breeding and pre-training there, and continuing with Laura and Ian in Epsom. We have a team of four on the breeding side and four with the pre-training operation with two more part-time.   “One of the horses that have been through our hands is Seamour. We sold him two years ago and he ran here yesterday and was second under George (Baker). We have just sold a Kyllachy colt at Doncaster which Shadwell have bought.   “Laura and Ian are only a small yard but they give so much back in respect of commitment and devotion to everything. We wanted to work in a partnership and Laura and Ian give us that opportunity.   “We have had horse for 25 years in various guises.”

 

DOYLE FINDS GOLD WITH TRAIL

  James Doyle took the concluding race of this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap aboard 5/1 shot Gold Trail.   Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old son of Teofilo travelled well throughout the one mile and four furlong contest and quickened up well in the home straight to master long-time leader Stars Over The Sea to register a facile five-length success.   Doyle said: “The leader went off at a good old clip. I was quite happy where I was in a nice rhythm and my horse was very relaxed. I’m surprised how far he won by to be fair.   “The ground was not great for him and he did swap his lead leg a couple of times but I think I had a good jump on them. It worked out well in the end.”   George Baker, rider of the second-placed Stars Over The Sea, the 3/1 joint-favourite with Argus, remarked: “He’s a very straightforward horse and he just keeps grinding away there. I probably just bumped into a good horse there.”   Reflecting on his first Classic success aboard 22/1 shot Harbour Law, trained by Laura Mongan, in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger, Baker said: “It’s great and I’ll enjoy it.”   6.00pm Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap 1m 4f 1 Gold Trail (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 5-9-12 James Doyle 5/1 2 Stars Over The Sea (Roger Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 5-9-12 George Baker 3/1 Jt Fav 3 Argus (Qatar Racing Limited) Ralph Beckett 4-9-01 Oisin Murphy 3/1 Jt Fav   6 ran Distances: 5, 5 Time: 2m 31.31s Tote Win £5.60 Place £2.50,£2.00 Exacta £21.60 Breeder: Mrs S M Rogers & Sir Thomas Pilkington Breeder: ch h Teofilo (IRE) – Goldthroat (IRE) (Zafonic (USA))

Leading Jockeys at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival –

final standings

  Jockey      1st  2nd  3rd Andrea Atzeni     8  3  – Oisin Murphy     2  2  2 Silvestre De Sousa    2  1  – Frankie Dettori     2  -  1 Tony Hamilton     2  -  – William Buick     1  4  1 George Baker     1  3  1 Ryan Moore     1  2  1 James Doyle     1  2  1 Jamie Spencer     1  2  1 Paul Hanagan     1  -  2 Martin Harley     1  -  1 Pat Cosgrave     1  -  – Graham Gibbons    1  -  – Josephine Gordon    1  -  – Joey Haynes     1  -  – Joseph O’Brien     1  -  – Danny Tudhope     1  -  – David Allan     -  2  – Seamie Heffernan    -  2  – Adam Kirby     -  2  – Peter Buchanan     -  1  – Joe Fanning     -  1  – Franny Norton     -  1  – Lulu Stanford     -  1  - Fergus Sweeney    -  1  – Sean Levey     -  -  3 Luke Morris     -  -  2 Harry Bentley     -  -  1 Hollie Doyle     -  -  1 George Duffield     -  -  1 Phillip Makin     -  -  1 Paul Mulrennan     -  -  1 Cameron Noble     -  -  1 Colm O’Donoghue    -  -  1 Dane O’Neill     -  -  1 Jimmy Quinn     -  -  1 Rachel Richardson    -  -  1 Frederik Tylicki     -  -  1 Robert Winston     -  -  1

Leading Trainers at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival –

final standings

  Trainer      1st  2nd  3rd John Gosden     3  -  1 William Haggas     3  -  1 David Simcock     3  -  – Roger Varian     3  -  – Ralph Beckett     2  -  1 Richard Fahey     2  -  – Charlie Appleby     1  3  2 Luca Cumani     1  2  – Sir Michael Stoute    1  1  – Nigel Tinkler     1  1  – David Barron     1  -  – Rebecca Bastiman    1  -  – Karl Burke     1  -  – Clive Cox     1  -  – Simon Crisford     1  -  – Laura Mongan     1  -  – Hugo Palmer     1  -  – George Scott     1  -  – Ed Walker     1  -  – Mark Johnston     -  4  1 Richard Hannon    -  2  4 Aidan O’Brien IRE    -  2  2 Tim Easterby     -  2  1 Hugo Palmer     -  2  – George Baker     -  1  1 Roger Charlton     -  1  1 Marco Botti     -  1  – Brian Ellison     -  1  – Les Eyre     -  1  – James Fanshawe    -  1  – Paul Midgley     -  1  – Jamie Osborne     -  1  – Kevin Ryan     -  1  – Mark Usher     -  1  – Saeed bin Suroor    -  1  – Robert Eddery     -  -  2 Henry Candy     -  -  1 Declan Carroll     -  -  1 Paul Cole     -  -  1 Michael Dods     -  -  1 Ann Duffield     -  -  1 Charlie Hills     -  -  1 Alan King     -  -  1 Jeremy Noseda     -  -  1 David O’Meara     -  -  1 Sir Mark Prescott    -  -  1 James Tate     -  -  1

 

Winners at the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – Leger Legends Day

  2.00pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race LOST AT SEA (Mrs Z Wentworth) Karl Burke 2-8-08 Joey Haynes 16/1 2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap ANDOK (N O’Keeffe) Richard Fahey 2-8-10 Tony Hamilton 13/8 Fav 3.00pm Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes PRICELESS (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 3-9-0w7 Silvestre De Sousa 4/1 3.35pm Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race PHOSPHORESCENCE (Niarchos Family) George Scott 6-11-02 Joseph O’Brien 7/1 4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap STAMP HILL (Merchants & Missionaries) Richard Fahey 3-9-03 Tony Hamilton 5/1 4.45pm Story Contracting – Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Race MOUNT LOGAN (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 5-9-08 Andrea Atzeni 13/8 Fav 5.15pm 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap SINGEUR (Ms M Austerfield) Rebecca Bastiman 9-9-04 Danny Tudhope 14/1  

Thursday, September 8, 2016 – DFS Ladies Day

  1.55pm British Stallion Stud ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap GLITTER GIRL (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas 9/2 Fav 2.30pm G2 Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes RICH LEGACY (Qatar Racing Limited) Ralph Beckett 2-9-00 Oisin Murphy 3/1 3.05pm G2 DFS Park Hill Stakes SIMPLE VERSE (QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/A Al Kubaisi) Ralph Beckett 4-9-05 Oisin Murphy 3/1 3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes MUBTASIM (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) William, Haggas 2-8-09 Pat Cosgrave 4/1 4.15pm crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap CENTRAL SQUARE (Clipper Logistics) Roger Varian 4-9-06 Andrea Atzeni 6/1 4.50pm DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden GLENCADAM GLORY (Angus Dundee Distillers PLC) John Gosden 2-9-05 Frankie Dettori 7/2 5.25pm President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Group 1 Purebred Arabians) LIGHTNING BOLT (Mr L Waterland) Karen Van Den Bos NL 4-9-08 Adrie De Vries 3/1 6.00pm Ladbrokes Handicap HANDOME DUDE (Mr W D & Mrs D A Glover) David Barron 4-8-12 Graham Gibbons 25/1  

Friday, September 9, 2016 – Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day

  1.55pm G3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes SPANGLED (Cheveley Park Stud) Roger Varian 4-9-02 Andrea Atzeni 14/1 2.30pm G2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes ARDAD (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) John Gosden 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori 5/1 3.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap  WALL OF FIRE (Carmichael Jennings) Hugo Palmer 3-8-06 Josephine Gordon (3) 5/2 Fav 3.40pm G2 250th Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (Mohammed Jaber) David Simcock 7-9-03 Martin Harley 100/30 4.15pm Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes RODAINI (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) Simon Crisford 2-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa 6/1 4.50pm Still In The Running – FM Outsource Classified Race KHAIRAAT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Paul Hanagan 6/4 Fav 5.25pm Coopers Marquees Handicap NORMANDY BARRIERE (Eddie Carswell) Nigel Tinkler 4-8-13 Andrea Atzeni 11/4 Jt Fav  

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Ladbrokes St Leger Day

  2.00pm G2 At The Races Champagne Stakes RIVET (The Starship Partnership) William Haggas 2-9-00 Andrea Atzeni 7/4 Fav 2.35pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap CAPTAIN COLBY (Lee Tze Bun Marces) Ed Walker 4-9-00 William Buick 6/1 Jt Fav 3.10pm G2 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes BRETON ROCK (John Cook) David Simcock 6-9-04 Andrea Atzeni 7/2 3.45pm G1 Ladbrokes St Leger HARBOUR LAW (Jackie Cornwell) Laura Mongan 3-9-01 George Baker 22/1 4.20pm Champagne Pommery Nursery Handicap KHALIDI (Nizar Anwar) John Gosden 2-9-03 Andrea Atzeni 5/2 Jt Fav 4.50pm Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap CAN’T CHANGE IT (Mrs Fitri Hay) David Simcock 5-9-04 Jamie Spencer 7/1 5.25pm EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap 1m 4f BESS OF HARDWICK (Duke of Devonshire) Luca Cumani 4-9-01 Andrea Atzeni 100/30 Fav 6.00pm Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap 1m 4f GOLD TRAIL (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 5-9-12 James Doyle 5/1

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