THE RACING POST TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6th 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5th to SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th 2011
TONY SMURTHWAITE “STOUTE OUT TO PUT ‘APPALLING’ SEASON BEHIND HIM IN LEGER
"TRAINER sends hot favourite SEA MOON on rescue mission and say’s vibes are good.
“SIR MICHAEL STOUTE yesterday described his 2011 season as “appalling”, he so looked forward to a huge turnaround at Doncaster on Saturday in the shape of red-hot Ladbrokes St Leger favourite SEA MOON.
“Stoute, champion ten times and most recently in 2009, is enduring a low-key run by his impeccable standards. His strike rate of 16 per cent if maintained for the rest of the year, would match his lowest since 1993. For Stoute, the trainers’ title is the key measure and yesterday he made it all too obvious that he is languishing behind his own benchmark. Asked to assess the season, Stoute said: “Appalling. It is not going as well as we would have hoped . We are fifth in the championship and that is the best measure.”
“In SEA MOON, Stoute has a strong candidate to help make up lost ground in a season in which he has so far saddled the winners of 44 races in Britain.
“Stoute spoke more positively of SEA MOON’S chances in the world’s oldest Classic on Saturday, though noted that the ground may be faster than when Khalid Abdullah’s colt sluiced to an eight - length win in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last month .
“ SEA MOON’S closest rival in the betting, BLUE BUNTING, will be joined by a pacemaker in RUMH, supplemented yesterday for £45,000.
“FALLON replaces KINGSCOTE on BROWN PANTHER is anticipating an exciting ride, it’s a very good St Leger, with quite a few in with a chance .”
LEWIS PORTEOUS, KRONE PLANNING TO RIDE OUT…
“JULIE KRONE, the former US jockey with 3,704 victories to her name, will limber up for her return to the saddle in Doncaster’s Clipper Logistics Legends Classified Stakes tomorrow with a spin at David Nicholls’ satellite yard, Haygarth House, in Retford this morning.
3.45 Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes (Class 5) for 3yo+ over 1m Winner £6,469
“It was yesterday revealed that KRONE will ride INVINSIBLE HERO – William Hills 9-2 favourite – for trainer Declan Carroll in the 1m contest, won by Charlie Swan last year. Horsemen’s Group chairman Paul Dixon, the proprietor of Haygarth House, has two runners in the race, both trained by David Nicholls, and had mixed reactions to the jockey’s selected for his runners. LUKE HARVEY rides KALAHAAG, while JOHN REED will ride DR RED EYE, “said Dixon. “My advise to LUKE will be to simply be to not fall off, while its great to have JOHN REED for the other.”
“Regarding KRONE’S visit to his Haygarth House stable, Dixon added : “JULIE is staying in Doncaster and I offered her the chance to ride out on Tuesday morning so she can prepare for the big race.”
“SWAN will partner SKYFIRE for Ed de Giles as he bids to retain his crown, while the Racing Post’s TOM O’RYAN rides Hills’ 5-1 second favourite TALENT SCOUT, winner of his last two races for Tim Walford.
“The going at Doncaster was described as good to firm yesterday, but rain forcast for today is expected to ease conditions. Jon Pullin, clerk of the course at Doncaster, said “The weather tomorrow will dictate where we start. The forecast is for 5-6mm and if we get the top end of that we will probably start on good ground, or just on the soft side of good.”
3.45 Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes over 1m 3yo+ William Hill go :
9-2 INVINCIBLE HERO 4 11-5 partner JULIE KRONE
5-1 TALENT SCOUT 5 11-5 partner TOM O’RYAN
7-1 WHITECHAPEL 4 11-5 partner ERNIE JOHNSON
8-1 DIALOGUE 5 11-5 partner GEORGE DUFFIELD
9-1 SKYFIRE 4 11-5 partner CHARLIE SWAN
10-1 bar. 16 run. 3 reserves.