Sixties set for Leger glory

Sixties Icon can take full advantage of a slightly abbreviated trip to take Classic glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at York.

Sixties Icon can take full advantage of a slightly abbreviated trip to take Classic glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at York.

Due to major redevelopment work at its usual home in Doncaster, the 230th running of the world’s oldest classic will be run over just shy of one mile and six furlongs rather than some one hundred and thirty yards further.

That might play into the hands of Jeremy Noseda’s charge as the long-time ante-post favourite has yet to be tried over further than 12 furlongs.

As a son of Derby winner Galileo and Oaks heroine Love Divine, Sixties Icon did not race as a juvenile but he has been on the rise since landing a Windsor maiden in May.

His subsequent five-length seventh in the Derby and third in Royal Ascot’s King Edward VII Stakes all reads well, as does his impressive success in the Gordon Stakes last time.

Sixties Icon looks the type to improve for a step up in trip and although the Noseda yard have not been firing on all cylinders of late, this colt can provide a shot in the arm for the Shalfleet yard.

Godolphin’s Iffraaj can make it a second successive win the Group Two GNER Park Stakes over seven furlongs.

Trained by Michael Jarvis last term before switching to Saeed bin Suroor’s team, Iffraaj was one of a number of Godolphin runners who failed to sparkle in the early season.

However, his narrow defeat in July Cup marked a renaissance and he gained ample compensation when completely outclassing some strong opposition to take the Betfair Cup at Goodwood.

It will be a brave man who bets against him retaining his title tomorrow.

Eagle Mountain, a son of the great Rock Of Gibraltar, must be the pick in the Sportsman Newspaper Champagne Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge boasts some big-race entries and he looked a top-class prospect when just losing out to Teofilo by a head in a Curragh Group Two last time.

A repeat of that effort should be good enough.

Progressive three-year-old Hogmaneigh can lift the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Portland while Nakheel can make a victorious return from a long spell off the track in the Grahame Stowe Bateson Family Law Unit Strensall Stakes.

Indian Maiden is fancied to make it a hat-trick in the Betdaq Henry Gee Fillies’ Stakes at Chester, and Gramm is the pick in Bath’s Draycott Ward Ltd Handicap.

The feature race on Goodwood’s Sunday card is the Group Three Select Racing UK On Sky 432 Stakes, which looks an excellent opportunity for last year’s Oaks third Pictavia to gain her first Pattern-race success.

Formerly with Jim Bolger, the daughter of Sinndar went closest to a victory in this sort of company when second to Red Bloom on her final start of last term before being snapped up by Godolphin.

An all-the-way winner of her first start this season, she struggled when stepped up to a mile and a half after that, but bounced back in emphatic fashion to land Listed glory at Salisbury last time.

Making virtually all the running, she found plenty when put under pressure by her rivals, before striding clear to an effortless four-length victory, and a repeat of that effort could see her successful in this contest with her stable in absolutely top form.

Machinist failed to overcome a poor draw at Ripon last time but he can make amends in the Hammond And Desborough 70th Birthday Celebration Stakes.

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