Countdown to Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes at Doncaster 2011

It is ten days to the fifth and final classic of the 2011 Flat season, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes at Doncaster. The race is worth £500,000.00 and run over 1 mile 6 furlongs. Sea Moon (pictured) is the antepost favourite after his win at York in the Voltigeur Stakes. Either all the other horses had an off day or Sea Moon is very useful. The distance of the St.Leger should not pose any problems and if he wins without having a hard race I am sure connections might think about running him in the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe which comes three weeks later. Of course they already have last years winner Workforce engaged again but Sea Moon could become a great second string. The last St Leger winner to get near to winning the Prix de L’arc was the great Nijinsky who was beaten a head by Sassafras. Nijinsky had a hard season winning all the major races and Lester Piggott is quoted as saying he felt Nijinsky bottomed out in the St Leger as it stretched his stamina to the limit. In his opinion the Prix de L’arc came too soon after the St Leger. However Sea Moon has run only twice this season and been brought along steadily by Sir Michael Stoute. If he wins the St Leger and wins it easily it will be interesting to see if he is sent across to France with Workforce.

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