Friday 18 August 2017

Sea Moon heads Leger market

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

IF the markets are anything to go by, Aidan O'Brien could be set to end a third successive campaign without a victory in any of the five British Classics.

Following the latest confirmation stage for the Doncaster St Leger, the season's final three-year-old-only Group One, the champion trainer is responsible for five of the 17 entries.

Seville, so long the ante-post favourite for the September 10 showpiece, is the punters' fourth most popular choice at 10/1, with Wonders Of Wonders 40/1.

Having been as low as 5/2 to deliver the Ballydoyle maestro a first cross-channel Classic since Henrythenavigator won the 2,000 Guineas in 2008, Seville's stock declined sharply after he suffered a tame defeat to Sea Moon in the Great Voltigeur at York last week.

He continued to be easy to back in the wake of yesterday's forfeits, as the Michael Stoute-trained Sea Moon (11/8) remained steady at the top of the market.

Godolphin's Irish Oaks heroine Blue Bunting, which had Wonder Of Wonders back in third for a second time in a row when she landed the Yorkshire equivalent last Thursday, is the one that is attracting increasing support. Available to back at up to 6/1 yesterday morning to become the first filly to triumph in the one-mile-six-furlong contest since User Friendly in 1992, she is now a best-priced 9/2.

O'Brien's Zoffany has also been friendless ahead of a possible tilt at Saturday's Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood. Second in Group Ones at Ascot and Chantilly before disappointing on soft ground at Deauville earlier this month, Zoffany was eased to 5/1 from 7/2 for the Group Two by Paddy Power yesterday evening.

Should the Dansili colt take his chance at Goodwood, he could face Dermot Weld's evergreen Famous Name. A 14-time winner, the six-year-old came up just short in his bid to secure a debut Group One on his most recent start in Germany.

A runner-up then for a fourth time at the highest level, Famous Name is available at 8/1 for Saturday's one-mile feature. Among other engagements, both horses also still hold entries in next week's Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.

Irish Independent

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