The final declarations for Saturday’s Group 1 William Hill St Leger at Doncaster (3.35) have been made revealing 12 runners set to bod for the final classic of the British Flat racing season, among then John Gosden’s unbeaten filly Lah Ti Dar,the new market leader ahead of Kew Gardens.
Gosden had confirmed late on Wednesday that the Dubawi filly who slammed her rivals by 10 lengths in the Galtres Stakes at York three weeks ago would be allowed to take on the colts following lengthy discussions with the three-year-old’s owner-breeders, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber. With Irish Derby winner Latrobe being taken out of the race along with Flag Of Honour – they both head instead for the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Sunday – Lah Ti Dar is now a top priced 2/1 favourite with 188bet to become the second filly in four years to land the spoils following Simple Verse’s triumph for Ralph Beckett back in 2015.
Whatever you can do…
One-time Oaks favourite Lah Ti Dar powers clear in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes to justify 4-6 favouritism. pic.twitter.com/2X429VOxsx
— York Racecourse (@yorkracecourse) August 23, 2018
“It was a very hard decision to make, but we’ll go to the St Leger,” confirmed the Lloyd Webbers’ racing manager Simon Marsh. “We’re hoping she’ll run really well. She showed at York she’s a high-class filly, but there are some extremely good horses in the race – Kew Gardens, Old Persian and Dee Ex Bee are very good colts.
“It’s shaped up to be a very good race, as it always is, but I think she’s a very nice filly and she’s shown she’s got the class.”
The Aidan O’Brien-trained long-time ante-post favourite Kew Gardens, winner of the Group 2 Queen’s Vase and the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, remains close to the top of the market at a best offer of 9/4 with Betfair, followed by Godolphin’s Great Voltigeur and King Edward VII Stakes winner Old Persian (8/1 with Coral), Loxley (11/1 with Betway), Southern France (16/1 with Ladbrokes), and the Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee, 20/1 with Coral but as short as 10/1 with many firms.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.