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Soldier to skip St Leger mission

Jeremy Noseda used the Betfair Gordon Stakes as a launch pad for Sixties Icon's Ladbrokes St Leger success, and he again captured the Goodwood Group Three -- but his latest winner, Rebel Soldier, looks unlikely to take in the Doncaster Classic.

In addition to Sixties Icon, Conduit and Harbinger have rocketed to the upper echelons after scoring on the rolling Sussex Downs in the past two years, and Rebel Soldier also appears destined for better things.

But owner Earle Mack's racing manager, Fiona Shaw, nominated the Breeders' Cup Turf and Canadian International as likely targets after Ryan Moore brought the 4-1 favourite home with a slender lead over the admirable Dandino and Arctic Cosmos.


The Danehill Dancer colt skipped the John Smith's Cup at York in favour of having his Classic credentials put to the test and passed with flying colours.

Rebel Soldier was always to the fore and stole a handy advantage when striking for home with a quarter-mile left to run. He got the first run on the field and although Dandino gathered himself together to charge late on, he missed out on his fifth win of the season by a head.

The Leger sponsors trimmed James Given's stable star to 8-1 from 12s, with Rebel Soldier on offer at 14-1 despite reservations about his stamina.

Noseda said of the winner: "He is an improving horse, he has worked well at home and he has done that nicely.

"I think we will go on and have a crack at the Voltigeur, sadly I don't think the St Leger is in his spectrum in terms of staying but we will see where we are after that race.

"He's entered in the Leger so we'll take the next step and see where we are, but in my own mind I have huge doubts about him staying and he might even be better at a mile and a quarter."

Moore, winning the race for the third year in a row, complimented the horse but didn't get carried away.

He said: "He travelled nicely the whole way round and quickened up well off a lead. He just got a little bit idle and lonely being out in front from the two, but it was a nice performance."

Shaw added: "I don't think he'll stay a mile and six at the moment, but he may do when he's older and stronger. At this moment I don't see him going to the St Leger. Phoenix Reach went on from this race to win the Canadian International, and that race along with the Breeders' Cup Turf are two possible options."

Paul Mulrennan was handed a two-day suspension (August 10-11) for using his whip with excessive frequency aboard Dandino, who has made giant strides since his Redcar win in April.

Given said: "Paul felt he was flat running down the hill and the little bit of rain we had didn't play to his strengths, but I'm not blaming the ground.

"The run points towards the Leger being a sensible target and we have the Great Voltigeur in between."

Royal Ascot runner-up Arctic Cosmos came from the clouds for third, having been outpaced at a key stage, and is another to stand at 16-1 with the sponsors, who have Rewilding and Midas Touch topping the market at 9-2.

Arctic Cosmos' trainer John Gosden said: "I loved the way he finished the race. He could go to the Great Voltigeur, but not if it was firm ground, in which case we would go straight for the Leger."