Outsider Cap O’Rushes could pinch Ladbrokes St Leger at Donny
In the bookies, greasy spoons and pubs of Doncaster, the familiar names of Galileo Rock, Excess Knowledge and Leading Light are being bandied around as main contenders for this year’s St Leger.
But what chance does a long shot have of passing the winning post first?
We don’t have to cast out minds too far back to find a highly-priced winner in Doncaster’s most famous race.
Just twelve months ago, Encke, with Mickael Barzalona onboard, brought home the bacon at a staggering price of 25/1.
Then in 2010, John Gosden’s Arctic Cosmos triumphed at 12/1 while the year before Mastery romped in at 14/1,
With this in mind let’s take a look at some out the ‘lesser names’ in the final leg of the English Triple Crown.
At 100/1 Ralston Road can’t be considered seriously so we’ll start our analysis with Havana Beat.
Andrew Balding’s colt is available at 33/1 due to the inconsistent form that has yielded just one win from seven starts.
But with the track suiting this gutsy stayer and memories of his performance in the Bahrain Trophy still fresh, bargain-hunting each way seekers should have their interest piqued.
Great Hall is currently priced at 25/1 and made a disappointing start to his career finishing in no man’s land over eight and ten furlongs respectively.
Since then the son of Halling has won back-to-back races at Newmarket and Haydock and this big galloping track could literally suit him down to the ground.
However, the most interesting of the long-shot contenders is Gordon Stakes champion Cap O’Rushes.
One of three Godolphin entrants, the bay colt has made a steady climb through the handicap ranks and finished fourth in the Irish Derby despite being used as a pacemaker for Libertarian.
If he can recover from a shocker at York, where he bombed on quick ground, and some of the big guns falter, then the 20/1 shout has a decent outside chance of bringing home a seventh St Leger for the Godolphin stable.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing