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Matt Chapman: My St Leger fancy who’s gagging for a staying test

by Paddy Power Admin | September 14, 2013


Another huge weekend of Classic action and this blogger is still on a high after Gordon Lord Byron’s facile success last week – it’s just so good to whip Paddy’s backside by sending him to the poor house! You hear me, Paddy?

The St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and has also been won by some of the greats – like Nijinsky, User Friendly and the brilliant Oh So Sharp.

I am pretty certain all three of those horses would hack up in the 2013 renewal, but despite the lack of a star I have a strong fancy in the race.

On ratings, Galileo Rock and Libertarian are clear of their rivals, but, of course, there are many in the field that will improve for trying a distance of 1m6f for the first time.

Galileo Rock

BORING BET: Matt’s gone for Galileo Rock. But where’s the fun in that, eh?

It’s the former, Galileo Rock, who has been gagging for a staying test, and while it’s very, very boring I have long thought the Leger (15.50) was at his mercy.

Galileo Rock goes well with juice in the ground – his spectacular debut victory was on soft, so why connections have been concerned about a testing surface I have no idea.

St Leger MBS 2013

This can be David Wachman’s second Classic

More recently he was third in the Derby and second in the Irish equivalent. But he’s all about stamina, and I am sure he’s going to improve for another two furlongs.

Galileo Rock has got class and staying power and can provide David Wachman with a second Classic following Again in the 2009 Irish Guineas.

Elsewhere at Doncaster I have two other horses I will be backing. The first is Doc Hay in the Portland (14.40). Last year’s winner has come down to an attractive mark once again and everything is in his favour. He should go well despite no recent win

Meanwhile, Gregorian will take all the beating in the Park Stakes (15.15). Again trip and ground are ideal and he’s got the class. He’s got a massive chance for John Gosden and William Buick.

Aidan O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien (pic: Inpho)

CLASS DOUBLE ACT: Aidan O’Brien and Joseph O’Brien (pic: Inpho)

Hemingway has a bit to find

On Sunday it’s the Irish St Leger and I’m hoping it will result in another Classic success for the champions Aidan O’Brien and his son, Joseph.

On recent form, Ernest Hemingway has a bit to find, as he was well stuffed behind Royal Diamond in the Leger trial at the Curragh last time, but prior to that he had defeated the same horse at both the Curragh and Leopardstown, and I just feel he didn’t show his best on that latest venture.

It’s a Classic weekend. Enjoy. And let’s whip Paddy’s backside with some decent winners. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa! (Paddy – less coffee for you, pal)

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