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Wednesday 31 August 2016

Idaho heads 25 confirmations for St Leger

With the St Leger at Doncaster now just a matter of weeks away, 25 confirmations for the famous meeting have been made, with champion trainer Aidan O’Brien entering a total of ten candidates from his Ballydoyle facility in Ireland. As the overwhelming favourite among many bookmakers, recent Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Idaho is once again set to be the horse to beat. The race at York is traditionally a strong trial run for events at Doncaster, with the three-year-old showing his substantial credentials with a comfortable victory. Having already seen off the threat of stablemate Housesofparliament, it could well be another battle between the duo for the St Leger spoils.

Idaho is currently the even money favourite with bookmakers Betway, whilst Housesofparliament is further back in the horse racing betting odds at 10/1. O’Brien certainly isn’t holding back this year, with Sword Fighter, Somehow and Pretty Perfect also in the reckoning for the Ballydoyle team. The trio are currently at 14/1, 33/1 and 40/1 respectively at Betway. However, for those of you who fancy a bet on the horses away from O’Brien’s contenders, John Gosden trained Wings of Desire could well be worth backing. Having won in the Dante Stakes at York this year, in what was just his third appearance, the three-year-old is offered favourable odds of 10/1 at Betway.

Elsewhere, jockey Ryan Moore made a winning return to action at Newmarket last week, successfully seeing favourite Spatial home in comfortable fashion. Moore is likely to be a busy man in the season run-in, with Champions Weekend in Ireland, the Arc meeting in Paris, Champions Day at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup in California all likely events for the champion jockey. The 32-year-old has been absent since Glorious Goodwood due to a non-specified injury, with his last competitive ride being for Aidan O’Brien on Alice Springs in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville on July 31st.

With the Irish St Leger set to take place at Curragh just a day after events in Doncaster, Order of St George is unsurprisingly the overwhelming favourite at Betway, with the former Ascot Gold Cup winner at odds of just 1/3 on. Bondi Beach and Big Orange look set to provide competition for the title however, with O’Brien once again set to dominate proceedings.

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