O’Brien has strong St Leger hand

AIDAN O’BRIEN’S main hopes in the 227th renewal of the St Leger at Doncaster could lie with Vodafone Derby runner-up The Great Gatsby, along with Roosevelt and Brian Boru, third and fourth respectively in the Irish equivalent.

Yesterday, who landed the Entenmann’s Irish 1000 Guineas for Aidan O’Brien, is one of 11 entries for the champion trainer, who won the St Leger two years ago with Milan

Other Irish entries are Dermot Weld’s Maharib and the John Oxx-trained Cruzspiel, while Italian Derby winner Osorio could represent German trainer Urs Suter.

Vodafone Oaks winner Casual Look heads the 48 entries. Andrew Balding’s filly has since finished third in the Darley Irish Oaks.

The St Leger entries also include the Derby runners Let Me Try Again, who finished a stying-on seventh at Epsom, eighth-placed Graikos, Summerland (11th), Franklins Gardens (14th), Strength ’n Honour (17th) and Unigold (18th).

Other interesting entries include High Accolade and Delsarte, first and second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Barry Hills’ unbeaten colt Yawmi.

Godolphin, responsible for Graikos, also have New South Wales entered.

The Dubai team have won the Doncaster Classic on three occasions with Classic Cliche (1995), Nedawi (1998) and Mutafaweq (1999).

Six times champion trainer Michael Stoute has three entries as he bids to land the St Leger for the first time.

They are Desert Quest, Hawk Flyer and Piano Star.

David Elsworth is another trainer who has never won the race, but he will have been encouraged by the performance of Gold Medallist when winning the first of the recognised St Leger trials, the Listed Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last week.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have installed High Accolade, who finished a disappointing last of six behind Millenary in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket last week, as their 9-2 favourite.

Paddy Power’s St Leger betting: 9-2 High Accolade, 8-1 Brian Boru, Shanty Star, The Great Gatsby, 12-1 Delsarte, Let Me Try Again, Maharib, Roosevelt, 14-1 Hawk Flyer, Franklins Gardens, 16-1 Yesterday, Casual Look, 20-1 Phoenix Reach, Osorio, Fantastic Love, Westmoreland Road.

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