St Leger Preview
As there are so few in the field for tomorrow’s oldest classic race I can indulge myself by listing them in market order.
Kite Wood – nice horse, as Lester would say, but they are concerned about the ground for him and I would agree with them. A furlong further than he went at Newbury on fast ground might be his undoing.
ChangingoftheGuard – as I type the AOB runner is joint favourite with Kite Wood. Not keen on this son of Montjeu personally but money may talk…
Monitor Closely – don’t forget to do just that with Changingoftheguard’s price! Of this Oasis Dream’s colts chances I am not entirely convinced and I don’t think the trainer is either. Supplemented at a cost of £45,000 at the 5 day stage, one gets the feeling that although the owner has readily coughed up, the trainer would not have been so hasty.
Father Time – I respect Henry’s runners wherever, whenever they run but the stable has said they are concerned about the ground. On a line of form through the non-runner who headed the ante-post market, Age of Aquarius, it would be a foolish punter who dismissed his chances entirely. Available at 5/1 now.
Mourayan – another who would like a softer playing field. He should get this new trip alright, but the concern about fast going should temper too much enthusiasm.
Mastery – I have got a liking for this one. The only one who has his ground and not acres to find on the principals but a bit, granted. Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s racing manager, says he has a good each-way chance and although he has now stolen MY thunder I will agree 😉 When I began this he was available with at least one firm at 20/1, now a best-priced 14/1. I think there will be a lot of e/w money on this tomorrow so I will be after backing it now!!!
Above Average – this Hills runner is probably below the average ability needed to win this race.
Von Jawlensky – who?
My main interests are in Mastery, Kite Wood and Father Time. I will back Mastery e/w tonight and sleep on the rest.
I presume that the last horse Von Jawlensky will make the pace so they won’t dawdle which won’t benefit Monitor Closely. Both the Ballydoyle’s entrants are by Montjeu who often like a bit of juice, this doesn’t mean they won’t go on the ground (remember Hurricane Run) but I couldn’t have it tomorrow.