LAST month I came away from the first day of the Ebor meeting with one horse on my mind. I had thought that Al Kazeem would be the one to make the largest imprint that day but he was put in his place in the Juddmonte International. Instead it was a horse who ran in the Great Voltigeur who got the juices flowing. It wasn’t the winner, the much-hyped Telescope, but the long-striding beast who chased him home: FOUNDRY.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt went into my notebook as an ideal St Leger prospect and caught my eye both in the paddock and on the track. Having just his second ever run in the Voltigeur, this son of Galileo chased home the hot favourite and was only a length or so behind the winner at the end. I loved the way Foundry finished off the race and the way he cried out for a longer trip. He should come on a ton for the run and will appreciate the extra two furlongs of the Doncaster Classic.
Foundry is currently around the 6/1 mark in the ante-post St Leger market but I think he could start even shorter. He ticks all the boxes as a potential winner. He is fresh, has scope to improve and should relish the trip.
O’Brien also has one of the ante-post St Leger favourites in Leading Light, who won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. He is vying for favouritism with Galileo Rock and Excess Knowledge at around 4/1, which highlights what an open race this is. Of the three, Excess Knowledge makes most appeal as he is on an upward curve and John Gosden has a remarkable recent record in the race.
If there was rain forecast, I would be keen on Oaks winner Talent, who looks overpriced at 16/1. But the weathermen say there is a dry week in store at Town Moor and she may struggle on fast ground.
I backed Libertarian when he came second in the Derby but I think he may have shot his bolt after a busy spring campaign (I am bound to regret thatcomment).
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