St Leger: Where Did They Come From?

Arrest and Frankie Dettori | PA Media

by Heather Anderson & Brian Sheerin

The final leg of the original Triple Crown, the G1 Betfred St Leger features nine colts, with several homebreds and auction graduates, including two at €440,000. If Their Majesties' Desert Hero (GB) pulls off the victory, he would be the first royal winner since Queen Elizabeth's Dunfermline (GB) in 1977. Aidan O'Brien, gunning for his seventh edition, will saddle a quartet of individuals, all in with a chance, and the choice of Ryan Moore is the G2 Great Voltigeur S. hero Continuous (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}).


ALEXANDROUPOLIS (IRE), Camelot (GB)–Jazz Cat (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB})
Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor & Westerberg
Breeder: Mrs Fitri Hay
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Sales History: 240,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Maiden winner over an extended mile at the back end last year; sent off odds-on favourite for the G3 Ballysax S. at Leopardstown, a key Derby trial, on his seasonal return, but couldn't rival White Birch (GB) (Ire) back in third; mid-season break of 144 days before disappointing in the Vinnie Roe S. on his first attempt at 1m6f and, while he is from the family of this stable's 2018 St Leger winner Kew Gardens (Ire), he still has plenty to prove at this level; outsider.


ARREST (IRE), Frankel (GB)–Nisriyna (Ire) (Intikhab)
Owner: Juddmonte
Breeder: Swordlestown Little
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Sales History: €440,000 Goffs November foal
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: The seventh foal out of his unraced dam and her third black-type horse, this half-brother to group winner and G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup third Dinozzo (Ire) (Lilbourne Lad {Ire}) has already won a brace of Group 3s, including when collecting the G3 Geoffrey Freer S. just 100 yards shy of the St Leger trip last month. One of the most highly rated in the field, it would be no surprise to see him give Juddmonte their third St Leger.



CHESSPIECE (GB), Nathaniel (Ire)–Royal Solitaire (Ire) (Shamardal)
Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Ammerland GMBH & Co Kg
Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford
Sales History: €100,000 Arqana October yearling
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: The most decorated offspring of his dam, who won the G2 Badener Meille and was second in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches, this stakes winner already found the re-opposing Gregory (GB) (Golden Horn {GB}) too tough to handle in the G2 Queen's Vase at this distance. However, he was only a neck shy of Desert Hero (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G3 Gordon S. at Goodwood last month. Several of these would have to run below par for Chesspiece to prevail.


CONTINUOUS (JPN), Heart's Cry (Jpn)–Fluff (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})
Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor & Westerberg
Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Dished out a comprehensive beating to Gregory in the Great Voltigeur at York, the form of which is up there with the best on offer in this race, and his chance is bolstered by the fact that he is Ryan Moore's pick of a Ballydoyle four-pronged attack. In truth, the rider would not have had much to think about, as this colt has gone from strength to strength this season and appears ground versatile; gave the impression that he would see out the 1m6f at York and rates a leading player on form and pedigree. His dam Fluff (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is a sister to the formerly smart stayer Barbados (Ire), which gives hope that he should be as effective over the extra two furlongs, while she is also a sister to the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Maybe (Ire), now the dam of Saxon Warrior (Jpn); classy sort.



DENMARK (IRE), Camelot (GB)–Board Meeting (Ire) (Anabaa)
Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor & Westerberg
Breeder: Dayton Investments (Breeding) Limited
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Sales History: €440,000 Arqana October yearling
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: From the family of French Oaks winner Bright Sky (Ire) (Wolfhound) and, while there is plenty of stamina in the pedigree, he didn't appear to have any excuses when beaten by Middle Earth on his penultimate start at York. He hung left-handed when third in a handicap at Haydock last time; plenty to prove.


DESERT HERO (GB), Sea The Stars (Ire)–Desert Breeze (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})
Owner: HM The King & HM The Queen
Breeder: The Queen
Trainer: William Haggas
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Bred by The Queen, Desert Hero is closely related to four-time group winner and dual top-level placed Dartmouth (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Gritty performer who has advertised his St Leger credentials in grinding out victories in a handicap at Royal Ascot followed by the G3 Gordon S. at Goodwood. Could be open to even further progression upped in trip.



GREGORY (GB), Golden Horn (GB)–Gretchen (GB) (Galileo {Ire})
Owner: Wathnan Racing
Breeder: Normandie Stud Ltd
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: This Queen's Vase winner was third to Continuous (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) in the Great Voltigeur, after winning his first three starts. Retiring jockey Frankie Dettori has opted for fellow Gosden trainee Arrest, so Kieran Shoemark will partner the son of G2 Park Hill S. heroine Gretchen. A Cocked Hat S. hero like his half-brother Lionel (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), Gregory's staying proclivities come naturally, and his dam's half-brother Duncan (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}) won the G1 Irish St Leger. One to watch.



MIDDLE EARTH (GB), Roaring Lion–Roheryn (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})
Owner: Qatar Racing Limited
Breeder: The Roheryn Partnership
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Although yet to earn black-type and by a classy sire who was just found out at the 12-furlong distance in the Derby, this half-brother to the multiple group-placed stakes-winning Buckaroo (GB) (Fastnet {Aus}), has inherited his stamina from his King George V Cup-winning dam, whose four group placings were anchored by a second in the G3 Ballyroan S. Already a winner at this trip defeating Denmark (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) in the Melrose H. at York, Middle Earth's connections thought highly enough of his chances and paid the supplementary fee. However, the waters are a great deal deeper in this contest.



TOWER OF LONDON (IRE), Galileo (Ire)–Dialafara (Fr) (Anabaa)
Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor & Westerberg
Breeder: Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes/Form Analysis: Brother to Irish Derby and St Leger winner Capri (Ire) and fellow smart stayers Cypress Creek (Ire) and Passion (Ire); denied a third win on the trot when narrowly beaten in a Group 3 over 1m5f at Newmarket in July and, while this is his first start since then, fitness will not be an issue hailing from this camp. One of the more lively outsiders and he certainly commands respect.

Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts.

Copy Article Link

Liked this article? Read more like this.

  1. Nomination To Paddington To Be Auctioned At Tattersalls December For Graham Lee
  2. Getting To Know The First-Season Sires Ahead Of The Foal Sales
  3. Stallions Fees: That Was The Week That Was
  4. 'We're Delighted' – O'Brien Reveals Auguste Rodin To Stay In Training
  5. Wootton Bassett up to €200,000; Paddington to Stand at €55,000

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.