Red Verdon among 25 left in Leger
24 Aug 2016
Ed Dunlop admits his colt will have to improve if he is to beat hot favourite Idaho
Red Verdon, who finished sixth in the Derby at Epsom, will contest the Ladbrokes St Leger. Picture: Racingfotos.com
Red Verdon remains on course for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 10.
Red Verdon, 10/1 with the sponsor, has progressed from handicap victories at Chester and Haydock Park in May to finishing second last time out in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud.
The son of Lemon Drop Kid colt, owned by Hong Kong-based Ronnie Arculli, had previously finished sixth in the Investec Derby at Epsom and stayed on stoutly to take fourth in the Irish Derby.
“Red Verdon has had a good break since France,” Dunlop said. “We decided to miss York and, all being well, the plan is to go to Doncaster.
“There is obviously a short-priced favourite [Idaho] who was very impressive at York. We will have to improve to beat him for sure but we will give it a go.
“I don’t know about the step up in trip. His pedigree doesn’t scream that he will stay but he has been finishing strongly over a mile and a half. He also relaxes well in his races and that will give him every chance of getting the trip.”
Idaho had previously finished a half-length second to Harzand in the Irish Derby, having finished third to him in the English renewal at Epsom.
O’Brien, seeking a fifth Ladbrokes St Leger victory, has a ten-strong team.
Ladbrokes St Leger – the sponsor bets: 11/10 Idaho; 10/1 Muntahaa, Red Verdon; 14/1 Housesofparliament, Sword Fighter, Wings Of Desire; 16/1 Algometer; 20/1 Twilight Payment; 33/1 Ormito, Robin Of Navan, Somehow, Ventura Storm; 40/1 Harbour Law, Marmelo, Pretty Perfect, The Major General; 50/1 Arya Tara, Harrison, Kellstorm; 66/1 Cook Islands, Goldmember, Knights Table, Triplicate, Unicorn; 100/1 The Tartan Spartan