Roger Varian’s Derby second Kingston Hill is set to conquer his rivals in the St Leger this afternoon 

Kingston Hill appears to be a class apart from his rivals in the last classic of the 2014 season. A good second to Australia in the Derby and not disgraced in the 2000 Guineas, Varian’s colt has the ability and class to defeat what at first glance does not look the strongest of St Leger fields. Stamina will not be a question for the grey and with some ease in the ground the conditions should not be too against him.

In his way of bagging a Classic are a host of inconsistent types who have failed to impress so far this season. All form lines except for that of Somewhat suggest that Kingston Hill has their beating. However, even Somewhat appears to have been flattered by his Eclipse placing. Somewhat’s trainer Mark Johnston’s other runner Alex My Boy has been highly touted and has place claims. The consistently second Windshear may also be open to improvement at this distance.

Crockford’s St Leger Prediction:

1 KINGSTON HILL

2 ALEX MY BOY

3 WINDSHEAR

Roger Varian’s horse will claim the final Classic at an excellent price for backers of around 7/2

In what is an excellent supporting card for the St Leger Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has a strong hand that includes the highly thought of Estidhkaar (2.05), impressive York winner Muthmir (2.40) and classy Aljamaaheer (3.15). In the Portland Handicap Muthmir is set to do battle with Intrinsic the Stewards Cup victor. Expect the two leading fancies to fight out the finish.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – KINGSTON HILL (ST LEGER – DONCASTER 3.50)

The Derby second has been highly tried all season and has the stamina to dominate this last Classic. A winner at the course last autumn in the Racing Post Trophy, he is the only Group One winner in the field who consistently shows his form and class. In what looks a weaker Classic expect the certainty to be crowned.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – MUTHMIR E/W (DONCASTER 2.40)

Heavily backed for success in the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood after an impressive victory at York, the race came to quickly for him and may be could have benefitted from a different draw. Now rested and full of ability expect the five and half furlongs of the Portland Handicap to suit him alongside the drying ground.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – ALJAMAAHEER (DONCASTER 3.15)

Archer would have noticed that this very classy performer has tried his hand with credit at shorter trips this season. Back up to a more favoured trip Archer would have certainly claimed the ride on this main chance.

Crockford’s St Leger Day Gambles:

Doncaster – Estidhkaar (2.05), Mighty Yar (4.25) and Velox e/w (6.05)

Leopardstown – John F Kennedy (4.05), Blue Hussar e/w and Pyromaniac e/w (4.40), Free Eagle (5.15), Rizeena (5.45), Darwin (6.15), Australia (6.50) and Burn The Boats e/w (7.20)

Chester – Little Shambles e/w (2.20), Pinzolo (2.55), Perardua (3.30), Pushkin Museum (4.45) and Chesil Beach (5.20)

Bath – Trader Jack e/w (2.50), Jillnextdoor e/w (3.25) and Imperial War (5.05)

Lingfield – Interception (3.40)

 

(Featured Photograph – Roger Varian at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

 

 

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