Stoute Warning on Sea Moon in St Leger

Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of favourite Sea Moon has concerns that the persistent dry weather in North England might hurt his colt's chances in the final Classic of the season:  Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (Group 1) for three-year old fillies or entire colts (meaning no geldings), 1m6f132yd, at Doncaster on September 10.

Fortunately, rain has started across England and the ground has started to soften at Doncaster.

Godolphin's phenomenal filly, Blue Bunting, is second favourite and should have no trouble with any ground including soft. 

She also has her fillies' allowance in her favour and an enviable record as the winner of the 1000 Guineas (1m), both the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks (1m4f) and should have won the English Oaks except for bad luck and a jockey's mistake.

All is forgiven as Frankie Dettori has a real affinity with this tough filly who will make her 
first crack at beating Classic-age males.

Genius Beast and the admirable Ruhm, who sets the pace, round out the Godolphin team. 

Richard Hannon has entered Census who was the long-time favourite until more recent imposing victories by Sea Moon and Blue Bunting.

Aidan O'Brien left his gutsy campaigner Seville in the race.  No decision yet about his filly Wonder Of Wonders who has been beaten several times by Blue Bunting

John Gosden has two entires with Masked Marvel to be ridden by his principal jockey William Buick and Princess Haya of Jordon's Buthelezi who is a talented colt, but seems to have lost his way this year.

Brown Panther, colt of popular footballer Michael Owen, has also been declared with a new jockey on board - Kieren Fallon. 

Racing International


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