Any ante-post market where the field bets at 5/1 the field and question marks hang over the head of the market principles is one that punters should be looking to get involved with from an each-way perspective.
After scanning the Ladbrokes St Leger market it’s easy to see that the third classic of the season is a market to get fully involved with even at this stage of the season.
The Doncaster feature, which is run in September, is dominated by horses that have already shown their hand at the top level with Derby runner-up Kingston Hill, Royal Ascot winner Eagle Top and Derby third Romsdal all bringing sound claims to the table.
However, at this stage of the season, I’m yet to be fully convinced that these crop of three-year-olds are anything special. Kingston Hill was very disappointing in my eyes in the Eclipse while Eagle Top looked very one paced in the King George Stakes last time out. This race looks prime for a late maturing three-year-old to make a play for the top prize.
Elite Army, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, makes some appeal at 7/1 as he has looked very classy progressing through the handicaps.
His latest win at Royal Ascot in the King Edward Handicap was very eye-catching and confidence is high that he’ll stay 1m6f in top company. The only thing that puts me off his chances is his price, 7/1 is far too short to get involved with, especially with a couple of unexposed types lurking down the ante post market.
The one that stands out like a sore thumb is Granddukeoftuscany, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien.
A well-bred and good-looking colt, he was not knocked about on his debut at the Curragh and looked a smashing prospect when romping home in his next maiden.
The pace was generous yet the only two horses the market wanted against him ran themselves into the ground trying to pursue him. He stretched clear in the straight to win by a huge margin and straight after O’Brien was quick to declare him for the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, a race he always seems to target with his progressive middle-distance stayers.
There he’ll have to take on fellow progressive sorts like Hartnell and Kings Fete but he looks to have their measure on what we’ve seen so far.
Get on the 16/1 with one point each way stake. It won’t be around for long.