The Messenger looks at the St Leger and in a race that could be a real stamina test, he thinks he has the ideal candidate to take advantage.
Doncaster 3.35: Stradivarius
Aidan O’Brien ensured this year’s Derby was a war of attrition by setting a strong pace from the outset and I can see this race being run in a similar fashion with The Anvil the sacrificial pacesetter. As a result stamina will be crucial and my horse should be in a position to pick up the pieces late on.The
The choice has to be the fast improving Stradivarius. He won the Queens Vase in impressive style at the Royal meeting – he was only really beginning to get going in the final furlong down the short finishing straight and this more galloping track will be to his advantage. Since then he landed the Goodwood Cup over 2m being the legend that is Big Orange. Desert Skyline was back in third that day and boosted the form when winning the Doncaster Cup yesterday. The big doubt is the going, but his two defeats on good-to-soft came when he was a weak 2yo and he should be better equipped to cope with conditions today. In addition the Bering damline is a positive with regard to the softer surface and helps negate the concerns that we might have regarding the Sea The Star ground preferences.
James Doyle comes in for a cracking spare ride on the colt and he looks a solid each way bet at 7/1 with 4 places being
2 points each way Stradivarius at 7/1 with Paddy Power (1/5 odds - 4 places)