Every legend needs a hero and a villain and the connections of Thought Worthy are hoping their horse can scupper Camelot’s quest for the Triple Crown in the St Leger.
Camelot heads the list released today of the sixteen horses confirmed as contenders for glory in the final Classic of the season in Doncaster on September 15. Ballydoyle’s son of Montjeu is aiming to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since former Ballydoyle star Nijinksy in 1970.
Sponsors Ladbrokes make Camelot 1-3 favourite to add the St Leger, the final piece of the legendary puzzle, to his victories in the 2000 Guineas and Derby. The bookmakers believe the John Gosden trained Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens is the horse most likely to rain on Camelot’s parade. The sister of Eclipse winner Nathaniel is 6-1 second favourite to win her second Classic.
Gosden has turned the long distance Classic into his own personal fiefdom in recent years, winning three out of the last five renewals of the race. Along with Great Heavens Gosden has four more horses left in the race – Michelangelo, Shantaram, Dartford and Thought Worthy
Thought Worthy is 10-1 to turn around Derby form. He was fourth, eleven lengths behind Camelot at Epsom, but his connections are hopeful that he can emulate his brother, 2008 St Leger winner Lucarno.
“I would say Thought Worthy is a likely runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger. He put in a very gutsy performance in the Great Voltigeur Stakes last week when he really put his head down and tried,” James Wigan, racing manager to Thought Worthy’s owner George Strawbridge told the Racing Post.
Thought Worthy benefitted from a canny ride by William Buick to win that noted Leger trial and Wigan believes the horse is capable of even better than he showed last week.
“Dynaformers have a habit of improving. Thought Worthy is a lovely looking individual and physically he has come on significantly since his run at Royal Ascot. His brother Lucarno won the St Leger and Thought Worthy really tries and gallops so you never know.”
Camelot could be joined by a number of stable companions in the race, including Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch. However he is also entered in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown seven days before the St Leger and it is believed that is his preferred engagement. Epsom Oaks heroine Was remains in the St Leger along with Astrology, who finished third to his illustrious stable companion in the Derby.
Derby and Great Voltigeur runner up Main Sequence bids to give Tipperary born trainer David Lanigan a first ever Classic winner. Ursa Major, who was an impressive winner at the Curragh on Saturday for Tommy Carmody, has been left in the race although it hasn’t been decided if he runs in the English or Irish St Legers.