Snow Sky (right): a 7-1 chance to win the Ladbrokes St Leger
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
SNOW SKY’s style of racing and pedigree give connections every hope he will handle the step up to 1m6½f in the Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger according to Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who won his one and only St Leger with Conduit in 2008, Snow Sky was among 21 three-year-olds left in the final Classic of the season at Doncaster next month.
Snow Sky, a 7-1 chance for the St Leger with the race sponsors, put himself into contention for the race with victory in the 1m4f Gordon Stakes at Goodwood before a staying-on second to Postponed in the Great Voltigeur, also over 1m4f, at York last week.
“Snow Sky has come out of York well and the plan is to run in the Ladbrokes St Leger,” Grimthorpe said. “We stayed on well to the line and were gaining at the end, so I thought it was quite encouraging.
“We are all going to find out on the day if he will stay but given the type of horse he is and his pedigree, I think he has a pretty good chance of staying a mile and three quarters.”
Snow Sky could be joined at Doncaster by stablemate Kings Fete while the likes of ante-post favourite Kingston Hill, Romsdal, Windshear and Hartnell also stand their ground.
Of Kings Fete, Grimthorpe added: “Kings Fete has got to settle better if he is going to get the trip. He was a bit silly at Goodwood the other day but has some talent and we won’t discount him. At this stage, I would say it is unlikely but it has not been ruled out and we have left him in for good reason.”
Confirmations were also made for two of the other highlights at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting and Viztoria tops 31 runners left in the Group 2 OLBG Park Stakes.
Viztoria was successful in the Group 2 7f contest last year and her rivals could include Mustajeeb, winner of the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, Gordon Lord Byron and Celebration Mile winner Bow Creek.
In the Group 2 At The Races Champagne Stakes, Norfolk Stakes winner Baitha Alga, Dutch Connection, successful in the Acomb Stakes, and Vintage Stakes scorer Highland Reel are among 45 juveniles remaining.
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