Wings Of Desire still in St Leger mix

The Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster next month is “still on the agenda” for York disappointment Wings Of Desire.

John Gosden’s colt was quietly fancied to run a big race in the Juddmonte International last Wednesday after he did so well to finish second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

However, the Lady Bamford-owned son of Pivotal produced a meek display on the Knavesmire - a track at which he won the Dante in May - and was beaten some 16 lengths by Postponed, with King George winner Highland Reel second.

Wings Of Desire is available at odds of around 8-1 for the Leger on September 10, and though he is by no means a definite starter in the final domestic Classic of the season, the step up to a mile and three-quarters remains a tantalising possibility.

Lady Bamford’s racing manager Hugo Lascelles said: “He came out of the York race fine.

“We think he ran below-par, but nothing came to light and we are now reviewing various options, including one or two races abroad.

“He’s still in it (the Leger) and it’s still on the agenda, but John said he will give it 10 days and then go from there.”

Rivet is in the frame for the At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster next month after he bossed a York maiden on Friday.

William Haggas’ youngster earned favourable quotes for next year’s Investec Derby at Epsom following his three-and-a-quarter-length verdict in a strong-looking race over seven furlongs.

Rivet, a son of Fastnet Rock, is entered in the Middle Park Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, but he might firstly be tried in Group Two company back in Yorkshire on September 10.


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