Darwin to continue O’Brien run on Irish St Leger day
The father and son team of Aidan and Joseph O’Brien enjoyed English classic success on Saturday with Leading Light at Doncaster. Ernest Hemingway is their representative in the Irish equivalent but he will need to reverse recent form with Royal Diamond if they are to complete the Leger double.
Johnny Murtagh has been riding better than ever this season and he will fancy his chances on the game seven-year-old. Another veteran with a leading chance is 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux.
Ed Dunlop’s star performer looked to be coming into form nicely when second to Royal Empire in a well-contested renewal of the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last time out. Godolphin rely on Lonsdale Cup winner Ahzeemah who boasts an incredibly consistent record whilst Dermot Weld has two live chances with Pale Mimosa and Voleuse De Coeurs.
Whatever their fate in the Leger, the O’Brien team should be on the mark with Darwin in the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes at 3.15. The American import is very highly regarded at Ballydoyle and his victory over Gordon Lord Byron looks even better in the light of the latter’s Haydock Sprint Cup success.
Richard Hannon sends over Goodwood winner Toormore for the Group 1 National Stakes at 4.25. Richard Hughes produced the colt right on the line to deny Outstrip by a neck and that horse won the Champagne Stakes impressively at Doncaster on Saturday.
Opposition includes Sudirman who produced a shock when defeating Ascot winner War Command here in August. Giovanni Boldoni is the Ballydoyle representative, the winner of a modest maiden on his only start to date.
The banker bet of the day must be Dazzling who looked like a smart filly in the making on her debut. The daughter of Galileo is entered in all of the big end of season trials and should take this on the way to bigger things.
Selections: 1.45 Right First, 2.15 Dazzling (nb), 2.45 So Devoted, 3.15 Darwin (NAP), 3.50 Ahzeemah, 4.25 Toormore, 4.55 Fly To The Moon, 5.25 Ebaniya