Friday 19 October 2018

O'Brien mob-handed in Leger as Mullins eyes Doncaster Cup

'LAH TI DAR is the new favourite for tomorrow’s English St Leger as John Gosden’s unbeaten filly takes on the boys in the season’s final Classic at Doncaster.' (Stock photo)
'LAH TI DAR is the new favourite for tomorrow’s English St Leger as John Gosden’s unbeaten filly takes on the boys in the season’s final Classic at Doncaster.' (Stock photo)

Michael Verney

Lah Ti Dar is the new favourite for tomorrow's English St Leger as John Gosden's unbeaten filly takes on the boys in the season's final Classic at Doncaster.

Frankie Dettori was bullish that the 1m6f stamina test would suit following a scintillating display in the Galtres Stakes at York last month - just her third career start having not raced as a two-year-old - and the Italian jockey's prayers have been answered.

Lah Ti Dar (7/4) usurps Aidan O'Brien's Kew Gardens (9/4) at the head of affairs but the Ballydoyle maestro is mob-handed with Nelson, Southern France, The Pentagon and Zabriskie all vying to give the 48-year-old a sixth St Leger success.

O'Brien's Curragh Cup and Irish St Leger Trial winner Flag Of Honour is not among the 12-strong field, however, and he is expected to contest the Irish St Leger 24 hours later at the Curragh along with Irish Derby hero Latrobe, trained by his son Joseph.

O'Brien senior warmed up for a huge weekend either side of the Irish Sea in fine style yesterday as Fleeting (12/1) - with his son Donnacha aboard - came from last to first to take the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

The Tipperary handler is strongly represented on the second day of the St Leger meeting today with the consistent Hence hoping to get his head in front in the opening Group Three Sceptre Stakes (1.50).

He relies on Gossamer Wings in the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes (2.25) but the Scat Daddy filly will have to reverse Curragh form with Jessica Harrington's Indigo Balance also in the mix.

Elsewhere, Willie Mullins saddles a trio in the Doncaster Cup (3.35) with dual-purpose performer Thomas Hobson attempting to go one better than his second 12 months ago while 2017 Melbourne Cup third Max Dynamite and Renneti also take their chance.

Irish Independent

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