Hurrican Lane and Adayar headline St Leger entries
Godolphin stars Hurricane Lane and Adayar headline 31 entries for Doncaster’s Cazoo St Leger on 11 September – we look the eye-catchers with trainer quotes
Ante-post favourite for the St Leger, Hurricane Lane, has gone from strength to strength since finishing third behind stablemate Adayar in the Cazoo Derby, winning the Group 1 Irish Derby at the Curragh on 26 June and the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris emphatically on 14 July.
Adayar meanwhile has been kept fresh since the Derby and is set to take on older opposition in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on 24 July.
No horse has completed the Derby-St Leger double since Reference Point, who also won the Ascot feature on route to Doncaster in 1987.
Trainer Charlie Appleby has yet to taste glory in the world’s oldest Classic while Godolphin has captured the staying prize six times, most recently with Encke in 2012.
Kew Gardens provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a sixth St Leger triumph in 2018. The master of Ballydoyle currently has 13 contenders, headed by Kew Garden’s full brother Wordsworth and Group 1 Cazoo Oaks third Divinely.
Having landed the spoils last year with Galileo Chrome, Joseph O’Brien could bid for a repeat success with Okita Soushi. The Galileo colt is totally unexposed after winning a maiden by four-and-half-lengths on his debut at Fairyhouse on 11 June.
O’Brien said: “Okita Soushi is declared to run in a mile and five-furlong race at Leopardstown on Thursday, so we’ll see how he gets on there.
“He won his maiden nicely and we think he has the makings of a nice stayer, although whether he is going to be quite ready for a St Leger remains to be seen.
“We felt it was worth making an entry as we wanted to keep our options open.”
The home challenge also features Group 1 Irish Derby runner-up Lone Eagle, trained by Martyn Meade, and Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes victor Alenquer from the William Haggas yard, who stayed on well to take third behind Hurricane Lane at Longchamp.
The Cazoo St Leger is under consideration for Mojo Star. The son of Sea The Stars belied his maiden status to finish a clear second behind Adayar at Epsom and met trouble in running when fifth in the Group 1 Irish Derby on his latest start.
Trainer Richard Hannon said today: “The St Leger is on the radar for Mojo Star. We have given him the entry and we’ll see how we go.
“He has come out of Ireland fine and had a little break since then. I am not too sure where he is going to run next, but I am pleased with him.”
Other entries to note include Group 3 Chester Vase victor Youth Spirit (Andrew Balding) and Moshaawer (Roger Varian), an eye-catching novice race winner at Doncaster on 2 July 2