Thursday 18 January 2018

Watching brief...

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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.

Indo Sport

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport