The St Leger is moving swiftly onto the horizon and despite the absence of previous ante-post favourite, Cracksman, it still looks set to be a great race.
A ‘typical Sir Michael Stoute improver’ is a phrase often used by people previewing horse racing betting tips and0 they’ll be pleased to see Crystal Ocean currently head the market.
After being somewhat of a hype horse before the Dante and Derby, he put in a performance of the highest calibre when routing the field at Goodwood last time out.
He holds obvious claims but the value could lie with Joseph O’Brien’s Rekindling.
He was somewhat of a surprise (16/1) winner of a hot looking Ballysax Stakes (Irish Derby winner Capri back in fourth) before failing to handle the York track when fourth in the Dante.
He was only two lengths behind Crystal Ocean that day despite hating conditions, so he is sure to be of interest on a seemingly straightforward Doncaster track.
Quirks were on display as he didn’t go a yard on the undulations of Epsom but he bounced back with two outstanding runs.
Stamina appeared to be his forte when striking late to nail the high class Wicklow Brave, while getting witching five lengths of former Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George last time out was arguably his best run to date, against elders.
That was in the Irish St Leger and although he’s entered up in a host of group one’s over the next few months, the St Leger looks the long term target.
Capri, who Rekindling managed to get the better of over in Ireland, is joint favourite after his Irish Derby success but the price disparity seems too big to ignore
At 12/1 (20’s on the Exchange) he is worth a small each way bet.
While looking ahead, he could be very well treated for a potential tilt at the Melbourne Cup. He’s currently 75/1 on the machine (50s readily available elsewhere) and this might be worth a very small saver in case that is the way the O’Brien clan decide to head.
0.75pt ew – Rekindling (St Leger) @ 12/1
0.25pt win – Rekindling (Melbourne Cup) @ 76.0+