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Leading Light wins Leger in style
LEADING LIGHT landed the St Leger at Doncaster last Saturday in phenomenal style.
Under the guidance of Joseph O’Brien, he slammed his opponents to win the final Classic of the season and in the process provide his rider with a first St Leger success.
The well-backed 7-2 favourite jostled for second place throughout the early stages and always looked to be travelling best before producing a devastating turn of foot and staying on well to win in fine style.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Montjeu was victorious in the Group 3 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time out and this victory makes it five wins from his last five starts and his first at Group 1 level.
“I’m absolutely delighted,”
said his trainer, who was celebrating his fourth St Leger victory. He is such a solid horse and there is plenty of class there.
“They obviously think a lot of him back home and he is very versitile. We could drop him back to a mile and a half for the Arc but we will have to discuss that.”
Leading Light scored by one-and-a-half lengths from Talent, who produced a rejuvinated run following her disappointing run in the Irish Oaks.
MANY top racing figures came together in Ely Cathedral on Monday afternoon to celebrate the life of Sir Henry Cecil.
The huge Gothic structure, which looms over the Fens, was a building Cecil admired and it was chosen by his widow, Lady Jane, as a fitting venue for his remembrance.
The legendary trainer died after a long and dignified battle against cancer on June 11 and had a private family funeral at St Agnes’ Church in Newmarket.
His body was laid to rest at his ancestral seat of Crathes Castle, in Aberdeenshire.
Among those at a service, open to all, were the jockeys to have ridden for Cecil, such as Richard Quinn, Willie Ryan, Tony McGlone, Ted Durcan, John Lowe and Tom Queally, who partnered his last and greatest horse, Frankel.
Most of the current trainers were present, Newmarket rivals like Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden, former assistants Luca Cumani, William Jarvis and David Lanigan, plus other leading members of the profession such as John and Ed Dunlop, Marco Botti, James Fanshawe and Roger Varian.
Other notable names among the congregation were National Hunt giant Martin Pipe, owners Sir Robert Ogden, Lady Howard de Walden and Maria Niarchos, British Horseracing Authority chief executive Paul Bittar, Simon Crisford of Godolphin and television presenter Clare Balding.
There were around 50 members of the staff at Warren Place stables, past and present, including staunch servants Frank Conlon and Paddy Rudkin.
A recollection was given by Teddy Grimthorpe, the racing manager for Cecil’s long-standing supporter Khalid Abdullah.
The combination had enjoyed countless Classic and Group One victories years before Frankel was even born.
“If you were asked to paint a mural of the lifetime of Sir Henry Cecil, how on earth would you start this masterpiece?”’ he said.
After paying tribute to Sir Henry’s three wives, Julie, Natalie and Jane, and his children, Grimthorpe, said: ‘To know Henry, you’d have to understand his closest friends were his horses.”
ATTENTION this weekend is firmly at Ayr. The feature race is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, a race were many of the northern trainers’ will tell you it’s the most important race of the year. The likes of Kevin Ryan and Dandy Nicholls have a fantastic record in the the prestigious sprint and both of them well be well represented this year once again.
There is also a seven-race card at Cattterick, due under way at 2.10pm.
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