Saturday 18 November 2017

Stoute happy with St Leger candidate

Nick Robson

Michael Stoute has Sea Moon "back on track" after the one-time Derby fancy returned to action with a win in the Give Generously To Macmillan Handicap at York yesterday.

Regally bred, the colt is related to Derby and Arc hero Workforce and St Leger winner Brian Boru -- and it is the Doncaster Classic that could be a possible target later in the season.

Ryan Moore missed the kick on the 4/6 favourite and was one of the first jockeys to start niggling away in the 10-furlong contest. After 228 days off the track he was entitled to be a little rusty and he showed a willing attitude to reel in Godolphin's Flag Officer and win going away by a length and three-quarters in the end.

Moore said: "He's been off a long time and was a bit slow getting going. He was slow out of the stalls and the pace wasn't that strong. It took a while for the penny to drop, he hasn't really had a race before, and we just ground it out. He's got potential, but still has a fair way to go."

Owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "He will be running over a mile and a half next and there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree."

Stan cut the winner to 10/1 from 16s for the world's oldest Classic on September 10.

Moore and Stoute were also on the mark with Confront (8/1), which was dropped into handicap company for the first time in over two years.

Workforce's galloping companion, he held on by half a length from Sarrsar.

"I think he enjoyed having horses to follow for a change," said Grimthorpe.

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