Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Regardless of the Royal household’s lengthy historical past of success on the race observe, it’s important to go all the way in which again to 1977 for the final time they celebrated a Traditional winner, but that wait may effectively be ended on Saturday.

That is the duty for coach William Haggas and jockey Tom Marquand within the Betfred St Leger at Doncaster, stay on Sky Sports activities Racing, with Royal Ascot hero Desert Hero.

The Sea The Stars colt, who has landed the King George V Stakes at Ascot and Goodwood’s Gordon Stakes en path to City Moor, will bid to emulate the good Dunfermline and carry the well-known purple, crimson and gold silks to victory.

Chatting with Sky Sports activities Racing on Tuesday, Haggas mentioned: “He is in good kind. He labored this morning and went properly.

“He was spectacular at Goodwood with reduce within the floor and received on prime of the bottom at Royal Ascot so I do not suppose that bothers him an excessive amount of.

“Clearly, the softer it’s, the extra focus there’s on the stamina and he is probably not a robust stayer at a-mile-and-six furlongs however we’ll see. I believe he’ll.

“I favored him at Goodwood – he confirmed a little bit of pace, which you want.

“Ascot was solely a handicap and so they went very quick which suited the horses that had been performed late however he did nothing improper and it was solely his second run of the 12 months.

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Jockey Tom Marquand sat down with Sky Sports activities Racing’s Matt Chapman to clarify how profitable a second St Leger at Doncaster aboard Desert Hero for The King and Queen can be a ‘magical’ second

“This can be his fourth run so I believe he is a fairly contemporary horse and has been doing very effectively bodily since Goodwood.”

Reflecting on Desert Hero’s Royal connections, Haggas added: “It is fantastic that they’ve taken up the mantle from The King’s late mom and are having fun with it with nice gusto.

“It is terrific that they have a horse that’s fairly helpful and I do know they’re having fun with him enormously.

“Everybody who’s concerned in horse racing wish to win a Traditional, whether or not they breed, personal, practice, journey or take care of horses. The Traditional is everybody’s dream and so they [The King and Queen] aren’t any totally different.”

Desert Hero seems to be set to face a small however choose area, with John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien bringing the chief opposition, together with Gregory, the doubtless mount of the departing Frankie Dettori.

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Steady and Desert Hero may meet within the St Leger at Doncaster on September 16, stay on Sky Sports activities Racing

“It actually seems to be a high quality renewal. John [Gosden] has the strongest hand with Gregory, Center Earth and Arrest and Aidan’s horse [Continuous] was very spectacular within the Nice Voltigeur.

“I suppose Gregory and Steady are the entrance two, however Chesspiece may be very stable and we’re fairly stable too. It is a good renewal and a enjoyable race.”

Whereas a whole lot of the media consideration can be on Dettori’s bid for a last Traditional success, Haggas has his personal driving star in Tom Marquand, who lately celebrated his 1,000th British victory.

“Tom is getting a whole lot of alternatives in prime races now and it is good as a result of there is not any doubt they put a bit bit of additional stress on any jockey,” Haggas mentioned.

“He is a world class jockey and has confirmed that in Australia and Japan. Wherever he goes, he does effectively. We’re very fortunate to have him.”

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Marquand poses with the St Leger trophy at Doncaster after victory on Galileo Chrome in 2020

Ought to Desert Hero convey the home down on Saturday, worldwide targets may very well be subsequent on the agenda, with the Melbourne Cup a chance.

Haggas mentioned: “It is in our minds however a lot will rely on what occurs on Saturday.”

Exhausting To Resist carries Royal hopes in Could Hill

Haggas sends a robust squad to Doncaster for your entire St Leger Competition, which kicks off on Thursday, all stay on Sky Sports activities Racing.

The Royal silks may be carried to victory within the Could Hill Stakes with thrilling two-year-old filly Exhausting To Resist.

“She ran effectively at Goodwood, staying on behind Darnation, who runs once more and sadly has nearly as good a draw as we now have,” Haggas mentioned. “Hopefully we are able to do a bit higher however Darnation is the one to beat.

“After every of her final two runs the jockey has reported she’ll be higher on nicer floor so if it does dry up a bit that may go well with her.”

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William Haggas sends a robust squad to Doncaster this week

In a while the cardboard, Haggas has two probabilities of Group Two success within the Park Hill Stakes.

“Crack Of Gentle has been operating in France this 12 months – received a Listed race and was positioned in a Group Two and Group Three – so she’ll most likely run one other good race.

“It is the primary time at a-mile-and-six furlongs which I am not so certain about and Mr Oppenheimer [owner] is not both however we got here to the conclusion that we have got little to lose by making an attempt and fairly a bit to realize.

“Tom [Marquand] has plumped for Golden Lyra, who was helpful final 12 months on the again finish of the season on the gentle floor and she or he ought to relish the step up in journey.

“She ran a significantly better race in France final time – her finest effort for a 12 months – staying on all the way in which to the road so I believe she’ll run a great race, particularly now the rain has come.”

Watch each race from the Betfred St Leger Competition at Doncaster all stay on Sky Sports activities Racing from Thursday, September 14.

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