Kingston Hill can claim victory in the St Leger at odds of 3/1
At the time of writing, fifteen horses are entered for Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster, with the flat racing season coming to a close with this final classic of the year.
The three-year-old is currently trading at a best price 3/1 with Paddy Power, with the horse impressing in the Derby when running second to Australia, although a fourth-placed finish in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown left question marks.
However, trainer Roger Varian is confident that his horse can win a first race for nearly a year, with his runner having been withdrawn from some notable races due to the fast ground in each instance.
“It’s not that he has to have it soft. It’s just that we want to run on some ground perhaps more in our favour than others,” said Varian.
“We’d look back on the Guineas and say he was never going to be a miler. Without doubt, he’s a middle-distance horse,” Varian told BBC Radio 5 live.
“The Derby was a great run but we were second best on the day and there’s no excuses. The winner is a true champion and getting as close to him as we did is true credit to our horse.
“The Eclipse is perhaps where we didn’t get the rub of the green. I thought it was a funny sort of a race.
“We’re not making excuses for the horse – he’s got to deliver in top company on whatever ground. Good horses do that. I feel he’s going to come good and this is his time of year.”
Soft ground should see the favourite in the mix at the business end of the race, although Snow Sky has been backed ahead of the encounter and the horse is now an 11/2 chance to claim the spoils.
Victory in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood announced Snow Sky’s credentials, with Windshear just a neck behind and trainer Richard Hannon will be looking to reverse the form this time around.
However, we are sticking with Kingston Hill to quadruple our money at odds of 3/1, with Varian’s confidence in his charge well justified.
BETTING TIP: KINGSTON HILL @ 3/1 with Paddy Power