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Idaho among seven left in St Leger by Aidan O’Brien

5 Sep 2016

Trainer gives himself option of relying on safety in numbers in final Classic of British season

Idaho wins the Great Voltiguer at York.

Idaho heads seven entries left in the Ladbrokes St Leger by O’Brien. Picture:

Hot favourite Idaho is one of 15 colts left in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

Placed in the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish equivalent, the Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old was a taking winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last time out.

O’Brien,seeking a fifth win in the final Classic of the British season, has six other entries to juggle in the QIPCO British Champions Series contest

The Ballydoyle maestro, who has already landed eight winners in the Series this year, can also call on Sword Fighter, Housesofparliament, Kellstorm, The Major General, Triplicate and Unicorn.

The most runners he has saddled in the St Leger is five, in 2008, when none of his team managed to finish in the first three.

Jim Bolger could run Twilight Payment in the Godolphin colours, while Pat Shanahan has left in The Tartan Spartan.

John Gosden may have ruled out Dante winner Wings Of Desire but still has a solid contender in Muntahaa, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Ed Dunlop’s Red Verdon has run a series of good races at the highest level this season, most recently when second in the Grand Prix de Paris.

Richard Hannon’s Ventura Storm has been a revelation stepped up in trip for Middleham Park Racing and was an easy winner of a Group Three in France last time out.

Laura Mongan’s Harbour Law, second in the Queen’s Vase, will be a first Classic runner for his trainer. Mick Channon’s Harrison and Andrew Balding’s Ormito complete the list.

Aidan O’Brien’s previous St Leger runners

2015-2 Bondi Beach
2015-3 Fields Of Athenry
2014-11 Grandukeoftuscany
2013-5 Foundry
2012-2 Camelot
2011-4 Seville
2010-2 Midas Touch
2010-5 Joshua Tree
2009-6 Changingoftheguard
2009-8 Von Jawlensky
2008-4 Hindu Kush
2008-6 Washington Irving
2008-7 Frozen Fire
2008-9 Bashkrov
2008-10 Alessandro Volta
2007-2 Mahler
2007-3 Honolulu
2007-6 Macarthur
2007-8 Acapulco
2006-5 Tusculum
2006-7 Mountain
2006-10 Fire And Rain
2004-3 Tycoon
2004-5 Mikado
2004-7 Go For Gold
2002-8 Sholokhov
2001-1 MILAN
2001-8 Life Match
2001-9 Saddler’s Creek
2001-PU Mediterranean
2000-7 Rostropovich