With the St Leger at Doncaster now just a month away, the news that dual Derby winner Harzand will not be participating comes as disappointing news for race organisers and supporters alike.
However, with a total of 42 high quality entries making up for the absence of one of trainer Dermot Weld’s most prized assets, the world’s oldest classic will take place with a renewed sense of anticipation. Boasting a record prize total of £700,000, as well as an increase in entries of 13, the race over one mile and six furlongs looks likely to provide the horse racing season with a fitting ending.
Elsewhere, Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien is aiming to win his fifth St Leger, with his chances this year heightened by his total of 16 entries, more than any other individual. Idaho and US Army Ranger are among those of the horses trained at The Ballydoyle to be heading to Doncaster, both of which are among the favourites in the horse racing odds from bookmakers Coral. Idaho finished in third place at Epsom recently, and is offered as the 4/1 favourite by Coral this time around.
However, after success at Newmarket recently, Housesofparliment could well be another O’Brien candidate to keep an eye on. The Three-year-old is 10/1 for the St Leger at Coral, and it is worth a last minute check of the odds before the race if you are considering backing the Bahrain Trophy winner.
It could well be a family affair at Doncaster, with Aidan’s son Joseph entering for the race in his rookie season as a trainer. O’Brien junior won the St Leger back in 2013 on Leading Light, and will look to continue his success at the expense of his father this time around. His horse Arya Tara is given horse racing odds of 40/1 from Coral.
Following success at the recent Robblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, Aidan O’Brien has also made a decision to enter another of his star fillies, Even Song. The three-year-old is 16/1 on with Coral to claim a surprise victory in the St Leger, having disappointed at Harlequeen recently.