All the news on Leger Legends Day 2016





Going News


The going for the first day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Leger Legends Days, is:


Good to Soft, Good in places (from Good to Soft)

There was 13.2 millimetres of rain at Doncaster on Saturday (September 3) and one millimetre on Sunday (September 4).


The GoingStick reading at 6.30am was 7.2.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported today: “The course is drying out, but not that quickly as conditions have been overcast.


“The forecast is for the weather to stay dry for the next three days. There is a chance of rain arriving late on Friday into the early hours of Saturday morning.”


Stalls: inside for all races.


The round course is railed out from the 1m 2f start up to where the Round Course meets the straight. This will be removed after racing on Thursday to provide fresh ground on the inside for racing on Friday.


Non-Runners Today

2.00 pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race

4          ERNSTSTAVROBLOFELD (USA) (Vet’s Certificate, Knocked Joint)


2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap

2          FAYEZ (IRE) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)


3.00pm VIP Premium Vaping & Liquids Scarbrough Stakes

6          IFFRANESIA (FR) (Going)


3.35pm Clipper Logistics Legends Classified Race

15R     GANNICUS (Vet’s Certificate, Pulled Shoe Off)


4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap

6          BATTLEMENT (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)


Non-Runner Tomorrow

3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes

14        GENEVA CONVENTION (IRE) (Self Certificate, Sore)



1.55pm G3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes 7f (7 runners)

1 (2) Maggie Pink Michael Appleby 9st 2lb Alistair Rawlinson

2 (5) Same Jurisdiction (SAF) Ed Dunlop 9st 2lb Ryan Moore

3 (6) Spangled Roger Varian 9st 2lb Andrea Atzeni

4 (1) Nemoralia (USA) Jeremy Noseda 9st 1lb Jamie Spencer

5 (4) La Rioja Henry Candy 8st 12lb Oisin Murphy

6 (3) Lumiere Mark Johnston 8st 12lb James Doyle

7 (7) Mise En Rose (USA) Charlie Appleby 8st 12lb William Buick


2.30pm G2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes 5f (11 runners)

1 (4) Afandem (IRE) Hugo Palmer 9st 1lb William Buick

2 (10) Ardad (IRE) John Gosden 9st 1lb Frankie Dettori

3 (1) Hit The Bid Darren Bunyan, Ireland 9st 1lb L. F. Roche

4 (3) Legendary Lunch (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 1lb Ryan Moore

5 (7) Prince of Lir (IRE) Robert Cowell 9st 1lb Luke Morris

6 (2) Rainbow Mist (IRE) Ann Duffield 9st 1lb P. J. McDonald

7 (11) The Last Lion (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 1lb Joe Fanning

8 (6) Tis Marvellous (Tongue Strap) Clive Cox 9st 1lb Adam Kirby

9 (8) Yalta (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 1lb James Doyle

10 (5) Equimou Robert Eddery 8st 12lb Andrea Atzeni

11 (9) Grizzel (IRE) Richard Hannon 8st 12lb Sean Levey


3.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap) 1m 6f 132y (11 runners)

1 (6) Elidor Mick Channon 10st 0lb Silvestre De Sousa

2 (8) Battersea (Hood) Roger Varian 9st 12lb Andrea Atzeni

3 (5) Oriental Fox (GER) Mark Johnston 9st 8lb Joe Fanning

4 (1) Seamour (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Brian Ellison 9st 8lb George Baker

5 (9) Cayirli (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Seamus Durack 9st 7lb Adam Kirby

6 (4) Polarisation (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 9st 7lb William Buick

7 (3) Stipulate Brian Ellison 9st 5lb Paul Hanagan

8 (11) First Mohican (Hood) Alan King 9st 3lb Hollie Doyle (5)

9 (2) Fabricate (Sheepskin C/P) Michael Bell 9st 2lb Ryan Moore

10 (7) All Talk N No Do (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Seamus Durack 8st 13lb James Doyle

11 (10) Wall of Fire (IRE) (Blinkers) Hugo Palmer 8st 9lb Josephine Gordon (3)

3.40pm G2 250th Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) 2m 2f (9 runners)

1 (3) Burmese (Sheepskin C/P) Marcus Tregoning 9st 3lb William Buick

2 (5) Clever Cookie (Sheepskin C/P) Peter Niven 9st 3lb Daniel Tudhope

3 (6) Clondaw Warrior (IRE) (Hood) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 9st 3lb Ryan Moore

4 (1) Curbyourenthusiasm (IRE) David Simcock 9st 3lb Jamie Spencer

5 (2) Mizzou (IRE) Luca Cumani 9st 3lb Andrea Atzeni

6 (7) Quest For More (IRE) (Blinkers) Roger Charlton 9st 3lb George Baker

7 (4) Sheikhzayedroad (Hood) David Simcock 9st 3lb Martin Harley

8 (9) Sweet Selection Hughie Morrison 9st 0lb P. J. McDonald

9 (8) St Michel (Sheepskin C/P) Sir Mark Prescott Bt 8st 3lb Luke Morris


4.15pm Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes 7f (7 runners)

1 (1) Bacchus Brian Meehan 9st 0lb Jimmy Fortune

2 (6) Larchmont Lad (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Sean Levey

3 (2) Majoris (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Hugo Palmer 9st 0lb James Doyle

4 (5) Rodaini (USA) Simon Crisford 9st 0lb Silvestre De Sousa

5 (7) Salsabeel (IRE) Charlie Appleby 9st 0lb William Buick

6 (3) Senator Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

7 (4) Taamol (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 9st 0lb Paul Hanagan


4.50pm Still In The Running-FM Outsource Classified Race 1m 2f 60y (11 runners)

1 (10) Carbon Dating (IRE) J. P. Shanahan, Ireland 9st 4lb Phillip Makin

2 (5) Laurence Luca Cumani 9st 4lb Adam Kirby

3 (4) Los Cerritos (SWI) Sophie Leech 9st 4lb Saleem Golam

4 (1) Peterhouse (USA) Jason Ward 9st 4lb P. J. McDonald

5 (11) Rotherwick (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Paul Cole 9st 4lb Luke Morris

6 (7) Winterval (Blinkers) Roger Varian 9st 4lb Andrea Atzeni

7 (9) Warp Factor (IRE) J. P. Shanahan, Ireland 9st 3lb Clifford Lee (7)

8 (2) Banish (USA) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Hugo Palmer 8st 11lb James Doyle

9 (3) Calvinist (Tongue Strap) Brian Meehan 8st 11lb Sean Levey

10 (6) Khairaat (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 8st 11lb Paul Hanagan

11 (8) Indulged James Fanshawe 8st 8lb Tom Queally


5.25pm Coopers Marquees Handicap 6f 110y (10 runners)

1 (1) Burnt Sugar (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Richard Hannon 9st 10lb Hollie Doyle (5)

2 (10) Get Knotted (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Michael Dods 9st 4lb Paul Mulrennan

3 (4) Sixth Sense (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 4lb William Buick

4 (2) Lexington Times (IRE) Ruth Carr 9st 2lb James Sullivan

5 (3) Fox Trotter (IRE) Brian Meehan 9st 2lb Jimmy Fortune

6 (7) Nuno Tristan (USA) Richard Fahey 9st 2lb Jamie Spencer

7 (6) Northgate Lad (IRE) Brian Ellison 9st 0lb Sean Levey

8 (5) Normandy Barriere (IRE) Nigel Tinkler 8st 13lb Andrea Atzeni

9 (9) Miracle of Medinah Mark Usher 8st 13lb Lulu Stanford (7)

10 (8) Shore Step (IRE) Mick Channon 8st 12lb Silvestre De Sousa



The seventh edition of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race is one of the highlights of the first day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster today.


Run over one mile, with a total prize fund of £10,000, the race has been won by a very distinguished list of retired jockeys, including Charlie Swan (2010), Julie Krone (2011) and Mick Kinane (2012). 20-time Champion Jump Jockey AP (Tony) McCoy rode the Brendan Powell-trained Gannicus to victory in last year’s renewal.


The Leger Legends race is staged to help raise money for Jack Berry House in Malton, the Injured Jockey’s Fund Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, and the NorthernRacingCollege in Doncaster.


A lunch in the Leger Legends Marquee for 450 guests will be accompanied by a main auction of six lots and a silent auction, featuring 44 lots, to help add to the £650,000 raised for these organisations since Leger Legends contest started in 2010.


This year’s 14-runner field sees an array of former jockeys bid to add their name to the illustrious roll of honour.


Classic winning jockey Joseph O’Brien, successful in the 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger on Leading Light and two Investec Derby’s aboard Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014), is one of the star attractions of this year’s race. Having registered his first winner in 2009, 23-year-old O’Brien partnered more than 500 winners in his short but illustrious career, becoming Irish Champion Jockey in 2012 and 2013. O’Brien also became the youngest rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race with St Nicholas Abbey’s success in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. O’Brien, now carving out a career as a successful trainer, rides Phosphorescence.


Richard Hughes, one of the finest jockeys of his generation, also takes part in the contest. Hughes rode over 2,400 winners, and was crowned British Champion Jockey on three occasions (2012-2014). The Irish jockey won two British Classics, both in 2013, courtesy of Richard Hannon snr’s Sky Lantern in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Ralph Beckett’s Talent in the Investec Oaks. Hughes partnered a host of top-class horses during his esteemed career, including five-time Group One victor Canford Cliffs and three-time Group One scorer Paco Boy. Hughes like O’Brien is also a trainer, saddling 38 winners so far. Hughes partners Bluff Crag, a son of Canford Cliffs, in today’s contest.


Group One winning jockey Adrian Nicholls, successful aboard Regal Parade in the Haydock Sprint Cup (2009) and Prix Maurice De Gheest (2010), also takes part. Nicholls, the most recent of the 14 jockeys to retire from race riding, partnered over 600 British winners and is aboard Hammer Gun for Derek Shaw.


Dale Gibson (Chiswick Bey), successful on Bob in 2014, and Gay Kelleway (Hijran), who dead-heated for second place on Pelmanism in 2013, have taken part in all six of the previous runnings of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race.


Luke Harvey (Gun Case), Tony Culhane (Sophisticated Heir), Peter Buchanan (Janaab), Tony Clark (Aldair), Tom McLaughlin (Stoked), George Duffield (Red Charmer), Gary Bardwell (Mon Beau Visage) and Billy Newnes (Sakhalin Star) as well as trainer Ollie Pears (Pike Corner Cross) complete the 14-runner field.



Two-time Irish Champion Jockey Joseph O’Brien is looking forward to his ride on Phosphorescence in the seventh running of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race (3.35pm), one of the highlights of the first day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.


Run over a mile and with a prize fund of £10,000, 14 runners line up for this year’s renewal with the Leger Legends race helping to raise money for Jack Berry House and the NorthernRacingCollege.


O’Brien, successful in the 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger aboard Leading Light and who is now carving out a successful career as a trainer, remarked this morning: “It’s great to be back at Doncaster. I’m looking forward to the race and it should be a great day. It’s good to be here and I’m looking forward to riding.”


O’Brien’s mountPhosphorescence, a 9/1 shot with Ladbrokes, is having his first run for George Scott and must overcome a 427 day-absence in the contest. The 23-year-old said of his mount: “I don’t know much about my horse so I’m not sure what sort of chance he would have as he’s been off the track for a while, but it will be a good experience.”


Luke Harvey is having his sixth ride in the race this time aboard Gun Case (20/1) for Alistair Whillans. Harvey’s best finish in the contest came last year aboard Big Storm Coming who finished third to A P McCoy on Gannicus. The TV presenter is once again delighted to be taking part in the contest. Harvey commented: “I love this race. We are doing it for some fantastic charities and it is an honour to be able to ride in this race.


“As much as anything, it is special to be back in the weighing room. I am drawn [stall 7] next to three-time Champion Jockey Richard Hughes [Bluff Crag, stall 8] which is going to be intimidating! However, it’s really all about being involved in a fun day. Run over a straight mile, what could possibly go wrong?”


Gun Case was a winner over seven furlongs at Newcastle last month but could only finish sixth at Doncaster over today’s course and distance 12 days ago. Harvey said of his charge: “Most of Gun Case’s form has been over seven furlongs but I spoke to Dougie Costello who won on him [Newcastle, August 4] on the way up here. He said he’s a good ride and is pretty straightforward.


“They usually go a good gallop in this race and the best news is I’m drawn [stall 7] well away from Gay Kelleway [Hijran, stall 2] who nearly took me out in this race last year.”


Reflecting on the participation of O’Brien and dual Classic winner Richard Hughes in the race, Harvey remarked: “It’s absolutely brilliant to have these top-class jockeys in the race. It obviously helps to raise the profile of the race and follows in the footsteps of people such as A P McCoy and Julie Krone who have also ridden and won the race.


“It’s an honour to also be riding against people like George Duffield, who is a legend of the saddle. The race has got everything, it’s got a bit of substance and excitement and, funnily enough, it is one of the features on the first day so I’m really looking forward to it.”


He will be borrowing a pair of riding gear from Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson with Harvey suggesting: “This is literally as close as I am going to get to being a Champion Jockey. I’ve got his bag which has two different sets of kit in so I’m wearing his boots, breeches and anything else I can get into. Hopefully, it brings me a bit of luck.”



George Duffield, former first jockey to Sir Mark Prescott and winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger in 1992 on User Friendly, rides in his fifth and final Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race today.


George, who retired as a professional jockey in 2007 with 2,547 winners in Britain, will turn 70 on November 30, making him ineligible to ride next year.


This year’s swansong will be on Red Charmer, a 16/1 chance with Ladbrokes, who is trained by Duffield’s wife Ann at their Leyburn yard.


Duffield said of his ride: “I would like the ground faster; the faster the ground the better he likes it – he just loves firm ground. He has won on good ground; if it is just on the good side of firm I would get away with it.


“I haven’t walked the course but there looks to be a lot of grass on there; I’d rather see a race on it than walk it myself, walking it can be quite deceiving really. When you see a horse galloping across it it is different matter, you can get a different perspective of how the ground really is.


“I really am only doing it for the owners, although it is a wonderful cause. They asked me earlier in the year if I would ride him if everything went right and he got in, I wouldn’t be here otherwise.


“It will be interesting; it looks like a tough race this year. You could find eight or nine who could win.”


It is the seventh running Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race this year and, unlike most charity races, is run under rules.


The contest is run over the straight mile and is in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jack Berry House and the NorthernRacingCollege.


Duffield added: “Today is a great day and it is for a great cause. It is very enjoyable and gets everyone buzzing.


“Everyone in the race is competitive, no one ever loses their competitiveness, you have (Richard) Hughes and Joseph (O’Brien), the young bunch, as well as the rest of us.


“It will be a pleasure for Joseph not to have to sweat, to relax and enjoy his day and not worry about his weight.


“For my preparation, I have been riding out at home and have been jogging and walking for just over a week, more walking than jogging, just to tighten myself up.”


Profiles of Richard Hughes & Joseph O’Brien who both make their debut in today’s Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race


Richard Hughes

Born: January 11, 1973


Background: Served his apprenticeship on the Flat with his father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider, who trained Hardy Eustace to win two Champion Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival and held a dual training licence. His first ride was on Scath Na Greine who finished 10th at Naas in a six-furlong maiden on March 19, 1988. The first success came on Viking Melody in a 12-furlong maiden at Roscommon on August 2, 1988. He moved to Britain in 1994 and enjoyed his first success here on July 23 that year on Scissor Ridge in a Wolverhampton seller. He was Prince Khalid Abdullah’s retained jockey from 2001 to the end of 2007 and rode regularly for Richard Hannon, both senior and junior, to whose sister Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 10in Hughes has also partnered winners over jumps. At Windsor on October 15, 2012, he had seven winners from a possible eight and became only the second jockey after Frankie Dettori to ride seven winners at a single British meeting (Dettori had seven wins from seven rides at Ascot in 1996). Writes a weekly column in Racing Post and his autobiography “A Weight Off My Mind” was published in May, 2012, in which he admitted to being a former alcoholic. His sister Sandra took over the training licence at Osborne Lodge, the Curragh, after Dessie Hughes died in November, 2014.


Accolades as a jockey: British champion jockey 2012, 2013 and 2014.


British Classic wins (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent).


Royal Ascot Wins (31): including Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo, 2014 Sole Power), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs, 2014 Toronado), St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs)


Other major wins include: Al Quoz Sprint (2015 Sole Power), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2013 Chriselliam), Falmouth Stakes (2010 Music Show), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2008 Youmzain), Haydock Sprint Cup (2004 Tante Rose), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lockinge Stakes (2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream, 2014 Sole Power), Matron Stakes (1998 Tadwiga), Prix du Moulin (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Sun Chariot Stakes (2013 Sky Lantern), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2013 Olympic Glory), Nassau Stakes (2012 The Fugue), Sussex Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs, 2013 Toronado).


Training Career: Hughes retired from in August 2015, to start a training career. After initially being based in Hampshire, he is now based a the historic Weathercock House in Upper Lambourn. Has saddled 29 winners so far in 2016 after nine in 2015. His owners include the likes of Normandie Stud, Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar, Ronnie Arculli, Sheikh Obaid Al Maktoum, Al Shaqab Racing & Coolmore syndicates.


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 event rider, winning a bronze medal at the European Pony Eventing Championships in 2009. Was one of the tallest Flat jockeys at 5ft 11in. 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. His Doncaster highlight came in the 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger on Leading Light. Won his first Investec Derby on Camelot in 2012 and his second on Australia in 2014. Joseph and his dad Aidan were the first son/father combination to win the Investec Derby in 2012. Six Royal Ascot winners. Missed early part of 2015 Flat season with weight problems and instead rode over hurdles. Last rode in a race in October, 2015.


Accolades as a jockey: Joint champion apprentice in Ireland in 2010, champion jockey in Ireland 2012 & 2013 (with a record 126 winners).


British Classic wins (4): Investec Derby (2012 Camelot & 2014 Australia), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2012 Camelot); Ladbrokes St Leger (2013 Leading Light).


Royal Ascot Wins (6): including Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012 So You Think), Queen Anne Stakes (2013 Declaration Of War), Gold Cup (2014 Leading Light)


Other major wins: Investec Coronation Cup (2012 & 2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Derby (2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2011 Roderic O’Connor, 2012 Power, 2013 Magician), Irish St Leger (2015 Order Of St George), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2012 Excelebration), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2011 St Nicholas Abbey), 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), Juddmonte International (2013 Declaration Of War, 2014 Australia), Dewhurst Stakes (2013 War Command), Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (2014 Gleneagles, 2015 Air Force Blue), Fillies’ Mile (2014 Together Forever), Phoenix Stakes (2014 Dick Whittington, 2015 Air Force Blue)


Training Career: Announced in March, 2016, that he would end his riding career in order to concentrate on his new career as a trainer. Is based at Piltown, County Kilkenny, and saddled the 2016 JCB Triumph Hurdle victor Ivanovich Gorbatov at Cheltenham (which was officially trained by Aidan O’Brien as Joseph had not yet acquire his trainer’s licence). Enjoyed a four-timer on his first day as a licence holder on June 6, 2016.




Reigning Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Champion Silvestre De Sousa hit back in the race for this year’s title with a treble at Leicester yesterday and punters think the Brazilian is in for another good afternoon at Doncaster on the opening day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Leger Legends Day, with two of his four mounts coming in for significant support.


De Sousa (88 winners) is currently two behind Jim Crowley (90 winners) and Ladbrokes make the reigning champion a 15/8 shot (from 5/2) to win back-to-back titles following his hat-trick yesterday.


There has been good support for Priceless, ridden by De Sousa, in the VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes (3.00pm) and the Clive Cox-trained filly is now an 8/1 shot (from 12/1) with Ladbrokes.


One of the highlights of this afternoon’s card at Doncaster is the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race (3.35pm) where 14 former jockeys return to the saddle for one day only to raise money for Jack Berry House and the Northern Racing College.


Former champion jockey Richard Hughes, who retired from the saddle in 2015, rides current favourite Bluff Crag and the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old has consolidated his position at the head of the market this morning and is now the 4/1 (from 5/1) market leader with Ladbrokes.


The Tony Culhane-ridden Sophisticated Heir has been the biggest mover in the race though and is halved in price this morning, now trading at 7/1 from an opening 14/1 with Ladbrokes.


The best-backed horse of the day comes in the second race, the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap (2.30pm), where Andok has been backed to the exclusion of every other horse and is now the 5/4 favourite (from 6/4) with Ladbrokes.


Ladbrokes Market Moves


2.30pm: The Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap – 5/4 (from 6/4) Andok


3.00pm: The VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes – 8/1 (from 12/1) Priceless


3.35pm: The Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race – 4/1 (from 5/1) Bluff Crag; 7/1 (from 14/1) Sophisticated Heir





The race to top the table in the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship is a fascinating sub-plot to this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, with current title holder Silvestre De Sousa and surprise contender Jim Crowley fighting tooth and nail to come out on top.


With just over a month to go until the end of the season, which culminates on QIPCO British Champions Day (October 15) at Ascot, Crowley leads De Sousa by two going into the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster, Leger Legends Day.


Crowley drew a blank yesterday at Redcar and his lead was reduced by three following a sparkling treble from the Brazilian at Leicester.


De Sousa struck early on the card at Leicester when making all the running on Hay Chewed in the EBF Stallions Prestwold Conditions Stakes and quickly followed that victory up in the next race on the Conor Dore-trained Chevalier Du Lac to take the Rowleys Partnership Selling Stakes. The hat-trick was completed in fine style in the Len Chesters Celebration Handicap, when De Sousa steered Faithful Mount to victory for trainer Ian Williams.


De Sousa now has 88 winners in the title race, just two behind Crowley, who is on 90 winners. The reigning champion has three rides at Doncaster this afternoon, while Crowley has decided to stay down south with five rides at this evening’s meeting on Kempton’s Polytrack. Ladbrokes make Crowley the 2/5 favourite to land his first Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship with De Sousa a 15/8 shot to retain his title.


Silvestre De Sousa (88 winners) – Doncaster


3.00pm VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes: Priceless


4.45pm Story Contracting – Plant, Construction and Rail Conditions Stakes: Oasis Fantasy


5.15pm Handicap: Pea Shooter


Jim Crowley (90 winners) – Kempton


5.25pm £10 Free Bet at Classified Claiming Stakes: Light From Mars


5.55pm racinguk/hd Nursery Handicap: Ivor’s Magic


6.25pm 32Red Casino Handicap: Nellie Deen


7.25pm Breeders Backing Racing EBF Fillies’ Maiden: Wink And Win


8.25pm Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap: Swot


Updated Non-Runners Today


2.00 pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race

4          ERNSTSTAVROBLOFELD (USA) (Vet’s Certificate, Knocked Joint)

6          TOWN CHARTER (USA) (Self Certificate, Coughing)


2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap

2          FAYEZ (IRE) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)


3.00pm VIP Premium Vaping & Liquids Scarbrough Stakes

6          IFFRANESIA (FR) (Going)


3.35pm Clipper Logistics Legends Classified Race

15R     GANNICUS (Vet’s Certificate, Pulled Shoe Off)


4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap

6          BATTLEMENT (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)


Updated Non-Runners Tomorrow


3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes

14        GENEVA CONVENTION (IRE) (Self Certificate, Sore)


6.00pm Ladbrokes Handicap

5          ASHPAN SAM (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 21       TIGER JIM (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)



Lost At Sea may have been the only unraced horse in the field but this didn’t stop him making a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race at Doncaster this afternoon.


Sent off the 16/1 outsider of the five runners, Lost At Sea had to be shaken up just after halfway by jockey Joey Haynes as the field followed the trailblazing Battaash but the pair stayed on strongly in the closing stages to record a length and a quarter victory over the 11/8 favourite Dream Of Dreams.


Trainer Karl Burke was delighted with the performance of the winner following the race and revealed that a shin injury was to blame for Lost At Sea’s belated debut.


“There is a lot of improvement in Lost At Sea,” said Burke.


“He was lovely and relaxed there but ran a bit green


“He has an entry in the Mill Reef (Newbury, September 17) and thank god I left him in because I was very close to pulling him out. That comes into the realms of possibility now.


“He was breeze-up horse. We bought him off Norman Williamson who rated him very highly, but he had a very sore shin from the breeze-ups and we had to give him a lot of time to recover.


“The last six weeks he has been back in full work and working very nicely, but I don’t like to drill them too much at home unless we have to. I always have half an eye on the future and don’t mind if they get beat first time because win, lose or draw they improve.


“It worked out nicely that the owners were here for the charity day and it suited because a small field conditions race is a nice introduction for a young horse.”


Haynes was also happy with the performance of Lost At Sea after the race.


“He’s jumped out well but he was very green throughout the race,” said Haynes.


“He was green going down to post as well. Every time, I’ve given him a slap though, he’s gone on. He’s done it lovely really. It looks like he’s beaten some nice horses here so hopefully he’s got a nice future.


“The ground is good – a little bit on the easy side but pretty much good.”



Kevin Ryan cut a frustrated figure following Dream Of Dreams length and a quarter-second to Karl Burke’s Lost At Sea (16/1) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race, the first race of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The well-backed 11/8 favourite settled well in the six-furlong contest as Battaash set a good gallop. However, despite heading the winner approaching the final furlong, the Saeed Suhail-owned two-year-old failed to deliver a potent turn of foot under Jamie Spencer and was beaten by Burke’s charge, who quickened up well inside the final furlong to draw clear and score by a length and a quarter.


Ryan suggested the colt’s last run in the Gimcrack at York in which Dream Of Dreams was pulled up, may have affected the horse in today’s race.


The Hambleton trainer said: “Dream Of Dreams has run well and he relaxed nicely today. What happened to him in his race last time may have affected him today and possibly given him a fright early on in the race.


“That meant it might have taken him a while to warm into the race as that was a strange thing which happened to him at York last time.


“He was fine straight after that race at York but a horse caught him on the outside of his leg. He’s a better horse now and has a good future. He’s a good horse.”


2.00pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race

1) LOST AT SEA (Mrs Z Wentworth) Karl Burke 2-8-08 Joey Haynes 16/1

2) Dream Of Dreams (Saeed Suhail) 2-8-13 Jamie Spencer 11/8 Fav

3) Battaash (Hamdan Al Maktoum) 2-8-13 Dane O’Neill 13/2


Distances: 1¼, 2½

Time: 1m 13.22

Tote Win £12.90 Place £4.90,£1.30 Exacta £44.70

Breeder: P E Barrett

Breeding: b c Dutch Art - Tahlia Ree (IRE) (Acclamation)




Joey Haynes, rider of the one-and-a-quarter length winner Lost At Sea, said: “It is slightly on the easy side of good, but drying.”


Jamie Spencer, jockey of the second placed 11/8 favourite Dream Of Dreams, said: “Good.”


Dane O’Neil, partner of third Battash, said: “It is on the slow side of good.”


Paul Hanagan, rider of Akhlaaq, said: “It is very tacky and holding – hard work.”


James Doyle, rider of Jacquard, said: “There is plenty of ease in the ground.”



The Richard Fahey-trained Andok was a gutsy winner of the second race of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium-Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery.


The well-backed 13/8 favourite travelled well in mid-division early on and stayed on strongly under Tony Hamilton to repel the late challenge of Appointed to register a head success in the seven-furlong handicap.


The colt, a £60,000 son of Elzaam, looked green on his debut at Redcar and again showed signs of inexperience in the closing stages of this contest as he maintained his unbeaten record.


A delighted Fahey said of the two-year-old: “It was a little bit laboured, to be honest. I was very afraid of the second [Appointed] – she was third to a filly of ours, Clef, who went on to win at Newmarket after, so I knew it was solid form.


“Andok has gone and won and I am sure that he will improve again. He looked laboured about a furlong and a half out and I thought that it was either greenness or the ground but he knuckled down and won by a head.


“He is still learning all the time and will continue to improve. I think that was a warm race so that was a good performance.


“We bought him off Eddie O’Leary at the breeze-ups and he said I robbed him. That seems to be the case at the moment! But we’ll see how this horse continues to progress.”


Fahey was unsure about the colt’s best trip but suggested the horse would improve in his three-year-old campaign with a further run this year unlikely. The Malton handler said: “There is nothing really for him now. I’m not sure whether we will even run him again as there are limited opportunities and he is also a big horse.


“I think he will be a better horse next year so we will get him home and see how he comes out of this. There’s not many races left for horses like this but he will be a nice handicapper.


“Realistically, he is a horse for next year. He has won off 80 today, so we won’t be getting too excited. We will see what the handicapper does but he is not a horse that I would want to run too many more times, if at all, this year.


“We are still learning about horses by Elzaam so I wouldn’t be sure about what his best trip would be. It looks like he stays and he has a good mind.”




Jockey David Allan was happy enough with the performance of Appointed, who finished runner-up behind 13/8 favourite Andok in the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap over seven furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 17/2 shot was staying on strongly at the death, having been held up in the early stages, but couldn’t quite reel in the winner and was held by a head as the pair hit the line.


Allan revealed after the race that he thought the Tim Easterby-trained filly would get further in time.


“She’s a nice big filly really,” said the jockey.


“She’s absolutely huge. She won over six furlongs but she’ll get a mile at some point.


“The idea was to hold her up today to try and get the trip as she’d been running too free and pulling over six. This trip has suited her much better and she’ll get further in time.”


Paul Hanagan, who is 36 tomorrow, rode third-placed Mutawatheb, trained by Richard Hannon, and commented: “I thought he ran very well, no excuses really, apart from him having to carry a lot of weight.”


2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap 7f


1) Andok (N O’Keeffe) Richard Fahey 2-8-10 Tony Hamilton 13/8 Fav

2) Appointed (M Macleod, Habton Farms) Tim Easterby 2-8-12 David Allan 17/2

3) Mutawatheb (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Richard Hannon 2-9-07 Paul Hanagan 11/4


7 ran

Distances: head, 1

Time: 1m 27.12s

Tote £2.60 Places £1.70,£4.60 Exacta £18.60

Breeder: Leslie Laverty

Breeding: b c Elzaam (AUS) – My Causeway Dream (IRE) (Giant´s Causeway (USA))



Priceless continued her rapid progression up the sprinting ranks with a taking success in the Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The well-backed filly, who was sent off at 4/1 having been a double-figure price this morning, was always travelling kindly for title-chasing jockey Silvestre De Sousa and the pair showed a good turn of foot to scamper clear in the closing stages to record a three-quarter length victory.


This success gave De Sousa his 89th winner of the season and the Brazilian is now just one behind Jim Crowley, who currently leads the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship with 90 winners.


Clive Cox, trainer of Priceless, was delighted with the performance of the three-year-old and revealed after the race that the filly would stay in training next season.


“She is really gutsy and honest,” said Cox.

“She’s quick, isn’t she? We were half hoping at the beginning of the season that she would get a bit further as she got older rather than get quicker.

“She has worn her heart on her sleeve for a lot of her races over six furlongs and has been collared close home. It was great to drop her back to five furlongs and it has worked, so I am really pleased.

“They went pretty hard up front and she switched off early, which was great. She will be better still on a better surface, so that was really good. I hope and pray that we will keep her in training next year, but I will have to talk to Alan (Spence – owner) about it.


“I’d love to have her again next year and think about a proper sprinting campaign with her. I don’t think there’s anything left for her this year sadly.”


3.00pm VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes (Listed Race) 5f


1) PRICELESS (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 3-9-07 Silvestre De Sousa 4/1

2) Thesme (Fools Gold Racing Syndicate) 4-9-08 Andrea Atzeni 11/4 Fav

3) Equimou (Edwin Phillips) Robert Eddery 2-8-00 Jimmy Quinn 7/1


9 ran

Distances: ¾, sh

Time: 58.85s

Tote Win: £5.00 Places £1.70,£1.20,£2.80 Exacta £15.50

Breeder: Biddestone Stud Ltd

Breeding: b f Exceed And Excel (AUS) – Molly Brown (Rudimentary (USA))




Silvestre De Sousa registered his first victory of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival courtesy of the Clive Cox-trained Priceless (4/1) in today’s feature race, the Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes.


Having settled in behind the leader Thesme during the five-furlong contest, De Sousa unleashed his mount into the lead entering the final furlong with the daughter of Exceed And Excel staying on resolutely to register a three-quarter length success.


De Sousa said: “She did it really nicely there. She tracked the leader [Thesme, finished second] and was always travelling well.


“When I let her down, she had plenty of speed to go and win the race. It’s nice to be in the big places and it’s nice to have a winner at a special meeting like this.”


Britain’s Champion Jockey has two more rides on Town Moor this afternoon aboard Pea Shooter (5.15pm) and Oasis Fantasy (4.45pm) who De Sousa is looking forward to partnering. The Brazilian said: “I’m excited to ride Oasis Fantasy later as he should have a good chance.”


De Sousa’s victory was also important for his bid to retain the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship as he gained his 89th winner of the season, meaning he now trails Jim Crowley [90 winners] by one with just over a month till the title race culminates on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot [October 15].


De Sousa said of his title bid: “I just want to ride winners. At the end of the day, I am having a good season and Jim is riding really well so we will see if I can do it”


He added: “Every winner counts so we will just see how far we can go.”




Nigel Tinkler’s charge, Thesme, who was fifth in the G1 Nunthorpe at York last time out, was placed in today’s listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes, when finishing three-quarters of a length second to Priceless.


After the race Tinkler commented: “I am chuffed to bits, she tried very hard. Probably the ground is a little bit on the slow side for her. Really we had to run, she is a filly and now she has black type. We are very happy, disappointed not to win, but very very happy.”


Regarding the future for the Exceed and Excell four-year-old, Tinkler added: “We may go to the Prix de l’Abbaye next but only if the ground is fast.”


Equimo, the only two-year-old in the race ran into an impressive third for trainer Robert Eddery.


“I thought she ran a blinder. She has run a top race against top horses. It was an excellent run for a two-year-old-filly taking on older horses.” Eddery said.


The trainer went on to say: “I was worried when I saw the ground was on the soft side of good because she has a really good kick on fast ground.


“She is an improving horse. Every time she has run she has shown improvement


“She is entered here on Friday but I am very doubtful if she will run. After that there is not a whole lot over five furlongs for her, but I might end up supplementing her for the CheveleyPark and that would be it for the season.”


“If she could get a place in that, she would be a really good filly for next year.”




Jockey Joseph O’Brien showed his fellow Leger Legends a clean pair of heels by steering 7/1 shot Phosphoresence to a pillar to post victory in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race over a mile at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 23-year-old retired at the end of last season to concentrate on his fledgling training career but decided to make a return to the saddle for this particular race and it proved to be an inspired move as the George Scott-trained six-year-old, who had not run for 427 days, ran on strongly to record a one and a quarter length victory.


The Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race has been run for the past seven years to raise money for racing charities and took place this year to support Jack Berry House and Northern Racing College. The event has raised over £750,000 for the charities.


O’Brien was coy about the chances of making a return to race-riding once more in this race next year following this year’s running but was delighted to be a part of the deserving cause.


“He took a nice pull the whole way and tested my fitness a little bit but he tried when it mattered,” said O’Brien.


“In fairness to George (Scott – trainer), he said that, if the horse runs like he works then he has a good chance and he was right. He jumped and travelled well for me.


“George just told me to keep it simple and there’s no simpler way to win than from the front. It’s all good fun and I’m delighted to have taken part in a race which raises so much money for good causes.


“It was a great buzz and it’s nice to ride a winner. I have to say thanks to George and everyone for giving me the ride. It’s nice to have a winner here.


“I tell you now though if I can get back to the weighing room now though after that, I’ve done well. I’m blowing quite a bit! I don’t ride out too much at home now as we’ve got quite a big string of horses and you can’t see them all if you’re riding out.


“I’m not too sure about next year – they always say you should finish on a high note!”




Peter Buchanan finished with a flourish aboard Janaab (20/1) to finish a length and a quarter-second to front-running winner Phosphorescence (7/1) in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race, the fourth race on day one of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The former Jump jockey settled Janaab near the rear of the field during the early stages of the mile contest but made stealthy progress in the final furlong to fill the runner-up position by a short-head.


Buchanan remarked: “I got a great ride off the horse. They went a good gallop early and I couldn’t go with them so I just sat and bided my time and the further we went, the better I went.


“Maybe if we had gone a bit quicker, he might have ground it out but he kept finding to the end so I’m delighted. It was great.”


George Duffield, the 69-year-old who is having his last ride in the race, was a short-head behind Buchanan in third on Red Charmer (20/1). Trained by his wife Ann, the gelding tracked the winner but was unable to quicken inside the final furlong under Duffield.


He commented: “That was a lovely race. I followed the right horse [winner Phosphorescence] and I thought he would falter coming to the furlong pole and I would get him but he didn’t!


“I ran right up my horse’s backside in the final furlong which didn’t help and that probably cost us second, but only just. I loved it.”


Luke Harvey, rider of fifth-placed 33/1 shot Gun Case, said:  “You forget when you’re not in the saddle just how great race-riding is. That adrenalin buzz and the excitement of being in a race again was marvellous. I was chatting to Richard Hughes in the stalls just before the off and I was having a great time.


“I got a great ride off my horse and couldn’t have asked for any more. He stayed on really well. I thought two furlongs out I was going to have a chance but he ran brilliantly. The buzz riding gives you is brilliant.


“I got into it a little bit of trouble early on but then I gave him time – Dougie Costello told me how to ride him – and he came on it two furlongs out. I thought ‘oi oi, here we go’ but we both got tired in the last half a furlong.


“I asked Hughesie what to do down at the stalls and he just said ‘sit, let the race unfold and keep hold of him for as long as possible’ – it is just a brilliant feeling. I can’t describe what fun that was.”



Richard Hughes, on 9/4 favourite Bluff Crag, said: “I won’t be coming back.” after his fast finishing fourth in the the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race.


Hughes went on to say: “It would have been nice to have come back with a winner, but I did enjoy myself.”


Dale Gibson, on Chiswick Bey (10th), said: “Joseph thoroughly deserves his win. He is not long retired but he has been very easy to deal with over the last couple of months since he agreed to ride in the race.


“It is a good result for the race; Joseph is the seventh individual winner from seven runnings.”


Ollie Pears, on Pike Corner Cross (6th), said: “It was a good run but the ground was too tacky for my horse, he wants to go back to Kempton.” Asked how it felt to be back in the saddle Pears added: “It’s hard but good fun.”


Billy Newnes, on Sakhalin Star (9th), said: “I had a good position and was travelling, but three out I was gone. The horse not me – I am as fit as anything.”


Adrian Nicholls, on Hammer Gun (14th)  said: “It was a good crack. The horse didn’t really let himself down on the ground. It was good to be back in the saddle.”


Gay Kelleway who was on Hijran (11th) and who has ridden in every Legends race, said: “I am the only one who is mug enough to do it! My horse didn’t really go on the ground.”


3.35pm Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race 1m

1) PHOSPHORESCENCE (Niarchos Family) George Scott 6-11-02 Joseph O’Brien 7/1

2) Janaab (Numac Engineering Ltd) Tim Easterby 6-11-02 Peter Buchanan 20/1

3) Red Charmer (I farrington & R Chapman) Ann Duffield 6-11-02 George Duffield 20/1


14 ran

Distances: 1¼, sh

Tote Win £9.00 Place £3.00,£4.60,£5.40 Exacta £198.50

9/4 Fav Bluff Crag (4th)

Breeder: Niarchos Family

Breeding: b g Sakhee (USA) – Eccentricity (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))



Richard Fahey and Tony Hamilton teamed up to gain their second victory of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival after Stamp Hill (5/1) ran out a gutsy winner of the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap, the fifth race on day one of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival


Having been held up near the rear of the field during the early stages of the seven furlong contest, the three-year-old son of Zoffany made stealthy progress inside the final furlong to contest the lead.


Under an all-out Hamilton drive, Stamp Hill managed to get his head in front in the shadows of the post to score by a head from the gallant Dream Mover who finished second. The victory gave the trainer and jockey a 14.75/1 double following Andok’s success on Town Moor earlier this afternoon.


Fahey said: “It’s always great to register a couple of winners early on at the St Leger meeting. They aren’t winning too far either so the handicapper has got the races right! I’m pleased.


“This horse has been unlucky this season but it’s a nice consolation for his owner to win here. He is a good hardy professional racehorse. He is the sort of horse we like.”


Stamp Hill’s last two successes in September [Chester] and April [Pontefract] were on rain-softened ground and the Merchants and Missionaries-owned gelding seemed to appreciate today’s going.


The Malton handler remarked: “It was a tough performance there. He likes this slower ground so that probably helped him.”


Fahey suggested the gelding could be as effective at six as he was today over seven furlongs. He commented: “You would imagine that seven furlongs would be his ideal trip but I wouldn’t be afraid to drop him back down to six as he does travel. He is going to be punted at all them big handicaps next year so we will see how we go with him.


Fahey, who registered his 150th winner of the year earlier this week, remarked: “Greed is good, you always want more. Last year’s total [235 winners] is a long way off and we sadly have a lot of badly handicapped horses at the moment – that is the problem when they win. Some of them just can’t win this year.”




Jockey Tony Hamilton had to be at his best to conjure up a narrow victory on Stamp Hill in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap over seven furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 5/1 looked to be coming with a withering run down the outside, having been held up until the final furlong, but seemed to be reluctant to go past runner-up Dream Mover as the pair battled towards the winning post.


However, Hamilton managed to summon up one final effort from the three-year-old in the dying strides to get the him up on the line, recording a head victory and giving his jockey and trainer Richard Fahey a 14.75/1 double on the card following Andok’s victory earlier in the day.


Hamilton was all smiles after the race and explained how the gelding had been running well without winning on his last few starts.


“I’d always thought I’d win but he just pulled up in front for a few strides,” said Hamilton.


“I was probably there half a furlong too soon to be honest as he does pull up when he hits the front.


“He was dossing a bit but did it well in the end. He’s been in some hot races to be fair and it’s nice to get some confidence back into him.


“I thought I’d get a couple of winners today so it’s nice when it comes off.”


4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap 7f


1) STAMP HILL (Merchants & Missionaries) Richard Fahey 3-9-03 Tony Hamilton 5/1

2) Dream Mover (Team Valor) Marco Botti 3-9-03 Andrea Atzeni 3/1

3) War Glory (Mohammed Saeed Al Shahi) Richard Hannon 3-9-03 Sean Levey 11/4 Fav


6 ran

Distances: hd, ¾

Time: 1m 26.62s

Tote Win £5.10 Place £2.50,£1.80 Exacta £23.40

Breeder: Ellen O’Neill

Breeding: b g Zoffany (IRE – Edelfa (IRE) (Fasliyev (USA))



Today’s seventh running of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race is expected to raise, with the associated auctions and lunch attended by over 450 people including A P McCoy, more than £100,000.


The two beneficiaries of the charity race are the Jack Berry House in Malton, the Injured Jockeys Fund Rehabilitation & Fitness Centre, and the Northern Racing College.


Jack Berry was present as usual and he commented: “Everything has been fabulous today – things could not have gone better.


“This event does the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival good and it is heartening to see how many people have come to see the riders and Lester (Piggott).


“A P McCoy would not ride in the race this year but at least we dragged him out of retirement last year when he partnered the winner and he has supported the event again today.


“The main auction has taken place and Nick Luck, who conducted it, was very good. Jack Berry House is absolutely flying – I could not be more pleased as it is so busy.


“We opened Oaksey House in Lambourn in 2009 and we are going to have a third house in Newmarket fairly soon, named after Sir Peter O’Sullevan.”


Tom McLaughlin, who came home 12th on his first experience of the Leger Legends race, commented: “I got on fine – the horse (Stoked) travelled to halfway and then stopped pretty quick – they put on a hood to calm him but it probably calmed him a bit too much! It was very enjoyable.”


Gary Bardwell, gaining his best position on his sixth ride in the Leger Legends charity race when seventh on Mon Beau Visage, said: “It was great to take part again and my horse has not run too bad after pulling hard.”



Roger Varian’s Mount Logan, the well-backed 13/8 favourite, delivered a commanding performance under Andrea Atzeni to record a facile six-length success in the Story Contracting – Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Stakes, the sixth race on day one of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The five-year-old New Approach horses always travelled well for Atzeni in behind the leaders and quickened up strongly approaching the final furlong to put the extended 10-furlong race to bed in a matter of strides, providing Atzeni and Varian with their first winner of this year’s meeting.


Will Johnson, assistant trainer to Varian, said:  “With every race that he has had since joining Roger, we have got to know him more and more and worked out that during his races and when we train him, whether it be over 10 furlongs or a mile and a half, he has always run well over those types of trips and it seems to bring out the best in him.


“He was fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this year and we were willing to forget his run at Goodwood last time [beaten eight lengths]. Today he has reproduced what he has shown us as home. It was a good performance.”


Winning rider Andrea Atzeni commented: “He did it very well. He got a little bit upset beforehand but that is him. He gets a little bit wound up before his races, but once the stalls open, he is very professional. He travelled well into the race and he picked up well.”


Atzeni was pleased that the horse had delivered his true showing following a below par sixth-placed finish at Glorious Goodwood last time in the Group Three Glorious Stakes. The Italian remarked: “He was a different horse today compared to Goodwood. He won going away.


“He obviously stays well and he doesn’t mind the ground either. He is very versatile on the ground but he might be slightly better with a bit of cut in the ground.


“It was very important to get his head in front today. His last run was a little disappointing so it is good for him to win again now and he did it really well.”


Atzeni added: “It’s up to Roger and Sheikh Mohammad Obaid [winning owner] to decide where he goes next.”




After a season where he has carried his owner, Sheikh Fahad, in two charity races and won at Windsor last time out, Landwade Lad came home a creditable second in the sixth race on the card today, the Story Contracting – Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Race over 10 furlongs.


Oisin Murphy, the rider of the Dansili gelding, said after the race: “I am delighted with him. The winner is obviously a decent horse and our lad is improving. You would imagine he has run above his mark today.”


Kevin Darley, representing the owner Pearl Bloodstock, added: “He ran a good race. He had a little bit to do on the ratings but he came out of his race at Windsor very well and James (Fanshawe – trainer) said he is in as good a form as he’s ever been so lets have a crack at the conditions race at Doncaster. It was obviously worth coming here and having a go.


“He is a bonny little horse; he is one of those little horses that when he is in a good frame of mind he could go and win one of these decent little races.


“I don’t know where we will go next, he gave Sheikh Fahad a couple of rides in charity races, a couple of runs under the radar if you like, before his Windsor victory and we will see what happens next.”


Story Contracting-Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Race 1m 2f 60y

1) Mount Logan (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 5-9-08 Andrea Atzeni 13/8 Fav

2) Landwade Lad (Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) James Fanshawe 4-9-02 Oisin Murphy 8/1

3) Windshear (Michael Daniels) Richard Hannon 5-9-02 Sean Levey 11/1


5 ran

Distances: 6, 2

Time: 2m 08.84s

Tote Win £2.10 Place £1.10,£3.60 Exacta £11.60

Breeder: Ladyswood Stud & Canning Downs Stud Aus

Breeding: ch h New Approach (IRE)  - Vistaria (USA) (Distant View (USA))



Rebecca Bastiman registered her first ever success at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival after Singeur won the concluding handicap on the first day of this year’s meeting.


The evergreen nine-year-old stayed on resolutely inside the final furlong to get up in the shadows of the post by a head under Danny Tudhope in the five-furlong contest.


The 14/1 shot has run creditably this term with the gelding appreciating the fast pace of today’s race. A delighted Bastiman said: “He is a superstar. To win with an old horse like this is fantastic. Danny gets on so well with him. He holds him up and comes with a late run and luckily we just got there in time.


“He needs a fast-run race to aim at and then he will finish till the death. It is fantastic to have a winner and the sun is shining, it’s great!


“Things have to fall in his favour and thankfully they did today. He’s still full of beans so it’s great to still be able to win races with these older horses. This is my first winner at this meeting so it’s nice to have a winner here.


“There is a possible race at Ripon coming up for him that we may run in but first of all we will get him home and see how he has come out of today’s race.”


Tudhope, gaining his first winner at this year’s meeting, remarked: “I wasn’t really travelling very well early on but if this horse isn’t travelling he will always run well.


“Sometimes if he travels too good, he never really finishes his race off. A fast pace suits him and it proved to be a big help to him today.”




First time out for new connections, Tylery Wonder came home a head second in the closing race, the handicap, on day one of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, 2016.


Paul Midgley, the new trainer of the six-year-old Choisir gelding, said after the five-furlong race: “He has run excellently, we have only had him a week.


“We were mugged on the line really. The winner has come and got him on the line, but after the line he has gone and picked up again.


“Maybe… should we have left blinkers off? We will see in due course. I am pleased though, he has run great.


“There is Ayr next week, but whether we go up there I don’t know, we will see how he is. It is trying to get him out before he gets re-assessed, that is the important thing.


“He is four pounds lower than his last winning mark and he will go up two or three for this.


“He has ability and he will pay his way with a bit of luck.”


5.15pm Handicap 5f

1) SINGEUR (Ms M Austerfield) Rebecca Bastiman 9-9-04 Danny Tudhope 14/1

2) Tylery Wonder (Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd) Paul Midgley 6-9-01 Adam Kirby 9/2 Fav

3) Musharrif (Ray Flegg & john Bousfield) Declan Carroll 4-8-11 Frederik Tylicki 12/1


13 ran

Distances: hd, ¾

Time: 59.18s

Tote Win £16.00 Places £4.70, £2.00, £3.50 Exacta £87.20

Breeder: Patrick Cassidy

Breeding:  b g Chineur (FR) – Singitta (Singspiel (IRE))




The going after the first day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Leger Legends Days, remains:


Good to Soft, Good in places

Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported: “The forecast is for a dry night tonight and another dry day is forecast tomorrow, though it is due to be overcast for most of the day.


“I think the ground has started to dry a little bit this afternoon but we’ll wait and see what it walks like tomorrow morning. I’m not anxious to change the description at the moment and I will head out to walk the course around 5.45am tomorrow morning.


“It is forecast to be dry right through now until late Friday afternoon when there is a chance of showers.


“There is a bigger risk of rain on Saturday morning. At the moment, there is due to be rain at around 7.00am on Saturday and we could have a significant amount of rain.


“We’ll keep an eye on that forecast and see how it develops.”



No Enquiry.



The Stewards noted that approaching the line, the winner, ANDOK (IRE), had intimidated NOTALOT (IRE), placed fourth, causing him to shift right, which in turn had caused interference to MUTAWATHEB (IRE), placed third, at the same time as APPOINTED, placed second, was drifting left but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved the placings of ANDOK (IRE) or APPOINTED.



The Stewards gave permission for PRICELESS trained by Clive Cox, to go early to post.


No Enquiry.


The Veterinary Officer reported that PEARL SECRET, placed sixth, trained by David Barron, finished lame on its left fore.



The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Joseph O’Brien, the rider of the winner, PHOSPHORESCENCE (IRE), inside the final 2 furlongs. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he had used his whip above the permitted level. The Stewards imposed a fine of £500.



The Stewards gave permission for ROLL ON RORY trained by Jason Ward, to go early to post.


The Stewards noted that in the final furlong, DREAM MOVER (IRE), placed second, had hung right intimidating TAKE THE HELM, placed fifth, which in turn had shifted ROLL ON RORY, placed sixth, off an intended line but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved DREAM MOVER (IRE)’s placing.



The Stewards gave permission for MOUNT LOGAN (IRE) trained by Roger Varian, to go early to post.


No Enquiry.


The Stewards considered the running of OASIS FANTASY (IRE) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Ed Dunlop, which finished unplaced. They noted the trainer’s representative could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. They ordered OASIS FANTASY (IRE) to be routine tested.



The Stewards gave permission for SEVE trained by Tom Dascombe, and TYLERY WONDER (IRE) trained by Paul Midgley, to go early to post.


No Enquiry.


Silvestre De Sousa, the rider of PEA SHOOTER (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.


Dane O’Neill, the rider of OUTRAGE, unplaced, reported that the gelding ran flat.


RED VERDON (had been third favourite) removed from Leger betting as IDAHO shortens to 8/11 (from 10/11)


David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “Idaho’s price continues to go through the floor and, with Red Verdon missing out, the favourite has tightened his stranglehold on the betting market. Red Verdon had been third favourite although support for him had ground to a halt following Ed Dunlop’s update on setbacks earlier this week.”


Ladbrokes St Leger (NRNB) 1m 6f 132y, Doncaster, Saturday, September 10

​8​/​11​ Idaho, ​9/2​ Muntahaa, ​7​ Housesofparliament,  12 Sword Fighter, ​16​ Ventura Storm, 25 Ormito, ​25​ Harbour Law, 40 bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3)



Thursday, September 8 2016,

1.55pm Doncaster

5/2 Glitter Girl

7/1 Arwa

12/1 Rosabell

14/1 Seduce Me

12/1 Storm Cry

12/1 La Casa Tarifa

12/1 Island Vision

7/1 Fire Palace

12/1 Norwegian Highness

10/1 Bloomin Lovely

12/1 The Stalking Moon

14/1 Money In My Pocket

Each Way 1/4 odds 1-2-3


2.30pm Doncaster tomorrow

9/4 Blending

33/1 Bongrace

8/1 Grecian Light

16/1 Hidden Steps

3/1 Kilmah

20/1 Reachforthestars

4/1 Rich Legacy

16/1 Tiburtina

8/1 Urban Fox

Each Way 1/5 odds 1-2-3




3.05pm Doncaster tomorrow

25/1 Anzhelika

5/1 California

16/1 Carnachy

20/1 Forever Popular

40/1 Frosty Berry

16/1 Mill Springs

20/1 Moderah

20/1 Pamona

5/1 Simple Verse

33/1 Star Rider

20/1 Tioga Pass

5/2 Abingdon

10/1 Alyssa

13/2 Pretty Perfect

Each Way 1/5 odds 1-2-3


UK Flat Jockeys Championship

​4​/​7​ J Crowley, ​5​/4 S De Sousa


Ladbrokes Mallard Stakes 1m 6f, Doncaster, this Friday

7/2​ Wall Of Fire, ​9/2​ Fabricate, ​6​ Battersea, 7​​ Seamour, 1​0 bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)


The 250th Doncaster Cup 2m 2f, Doncaster, this Friday

9/4 Mizzou, 9/2​ Clondaw Warrior, ​9/2​ Quest For More, ​6 Clever Cookie, ​8 Sheikzayedroad, 10 ​St Michel​, 14 bar (1/5 odds 1,2,3)


Ladbrokes Portland Handicap 5f, Doncaster, this Saturday

10 Captain Colby, 10 The Happy Prince, 1​0​ Double Up, 12 Final Venture, 12 Hoof It, 14 Bashiba, 14 Bowson Fred, 14 Harry Hurricane, 14 Highland Acclaim, 14 Pipers Note, 14 Red Pike, 14 Soie Dleau, 14 Southern Belle, 16 bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

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