St Leger preview

Snow Skyis tipped to win the St Leger at Doncaster. Photo:  John Walton/PA Wire
Snow Skyis tipped to win the St Leger at Doncaster. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Snow Sky can make it two Ladbrokes St Leger wins in seven years for Sir Michael Stoute by claiming Classic glory Doncaster.

Stoute appeared destined to never win the race as the one-mile-six-furlong feature continually eluded him during his lengthy career, only for Conduit to finally bag the prize in 2008.

The Freemason Lodge handler has had just one runner in the race since that memorable victory but he has two arrows to fire in Snow Sky and Kings Fete this term.

The latter has no obvious claims on the book but Snow Sky’s second place in the Great Voltigeur combined with his Gordon Stakes win puts him right in the front rank.

Prevented from running in the Derby by a last minute setback, Snow Sky flopped at Royal Ascot before proving that run to be all wrong at Goodwood, when hanging on by a neck from the reopposing Windshear after seemingly idling after being in front a bit too long.

He looked good value for the margin that day and lost little in defeat when behind Postponed at York, with the winner looking a potentially class act over middle distances next term.

Snow Sky pulled eight lengths clear of Odeon in the Voltigeur, keeping on up the straight which offers plenty of hope for him getting this longer trip.

The Nayef colt will certainly not be sighted early but if James Doyle can weave his way through the field, Snow Sky has all the credentials to suggest he will be troubling the judge in the final Classic of the season.

Glenalmond ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Gimcrack last time and can build upon that in the At The Races Champagne Stakes.

Connections have had high hopes for this Iffraaj colt since he scored at Ayr in July and trainer Karl Burke felt he was good enough to be pitched into Group Two company last time.

A step up to seven furlongs should be right up his street and he looks a leading light.

* Selections -

BATH: 2.15 War Alert, 2.50 Hamoody, 3.25 Silverrica, 4.00 Arabian Beauty, 4.35 Picks Pinta, 5.05 Khusoosy, 5.40 Hooded.

CHESTER: 1.50 Racing Knight, 2.20 Accession, 2.55 Pinzolo, 3.30 Perardua, 4.10 Ellaal, 4.45 Emjayem, 5.20 Taws.

DONCASTER: 2.05 Glenalmond, 2.40 Intrinsic, 3.15 Ansgar, 3.50 SNOW SKY (NAP), 4.25 Mighty Yar, 5.00 Jargon, 6.05 Maverick Wave.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 3.35 Pivotique, 4.05 East India, 4.40 Toe The Line, 5.15 Free Eagle, 5.45 Rizeena, 6.15 Gordon Lord Byron, 6.50 Australia, 7.20 Stay De Night.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Graceland, 2.30 Scottish Glen, 3.05 Miracle Of Medinah, 3.40 Diamond Lady, 4.15 Plough Boy, 4.50 Atalanta Bay, 5.25 Zinnobar.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.10 Spider Lily, 6.40 Glennten, 7.10 Hope For Glory, 7.40 Noor Al Haya, 8.10 Button Down, 8.40 In Focus, 9.10 Red Cape.

DOUBLE: Snow Sky and Glenalmond.

*Doncaster and Chester cards in Fridays Star.