Storm The Stars is likely to be put away for the season following a creditable effort in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.
Third in the Investec Derby and second in the Irish equivalent, the admirable colt had to settle for fourth place in a controversial finish to the world’s oldest Classic, claimed by Bondi Beach following a stewards’ inquiry which saw first home Simple Verse demoted to second.
Storm The Stars, trained by William Haggas, looked the likely winner when hitting the front two furlongs out, but had no more to give and was just pipped for third place on the line by proven stayer Fields Of Athenry.
“The horse is fine this morning. First of all I didn’t think he stayed, but also after the race he was more tired than I’ve seen him,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum.
“That was his ninth race of the year. He came to win the race easy and it was only in the final half-furlong it caught up with him. He was a good third until the final strides.”
“With normal improvement from three to four he could be something to look forward to next year. At the moment, that’s it for the season.”