Monday 23 January 2017

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Published 15/08/2015 | 02:30

Jockey Seamie Heffernan won a Leopardstown Group Three last week with Fields of Athenry
Jockey Seamie Heffernan won a Leopardstown Group Three last week with Fields of Athenry

After Fields Of Athenry danced up in a Listed race at Leopardstown six weeks ago, he appeared in this corner as a decent option at 20/1 for the Great Voltigeur Stakes.

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Sadly, Aidan O'Brien has other plans. Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Fields Of Athenry won a Leopardstown Group Three last week. He's now 10/1 for the York Group Two but instead looks to be Ebor-bound.

The classy son of Galileo has been allotted 9st 2lb and needs one to come out to get a run in next Saturday's prestigious event, which hasn't been won by a three-year-old since Mediterranean scored under Mick Kinane for O'Brien in 2001.

It's hard to know if Fields Of Athenry's liking for front-running will be a pro or a con in such a competitive handicap, but, as of now, he is as low as 6/1 to win the St Leger. If such a lofty position in a Classic market is remotely warranted, then 9/1 about him winning an Ebor whilst in receipt of weight all round looks generous.

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