Aidan O’Brien claimed the St Leger in 2013 courtesy of Leading Light
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Scully 12:35PM 20 JUL 2016
AIDAN O’BRIEN has set his sights on September’s Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, with 16 of the 42-strong contingent of confirmed yesterday hailing from Ballydoyle.
Derby hero Harzand may not be bound for the Town Moore Classic but US Army Ranger and Idaho, second and third respectively behind the Dermot Weld-trained colt at Epsom in June, both have the option.
They are joined by stablemates Sword Fighter and Housesofparliament among others, as well as Even Song, who failed to fire when sent off a warm favourite for the Irish Oaks last Saturday.
O’Brien’s son Joseph could also have his first British Classic runner in the race, with Arya Tara a possible representative for the former jockey, who won this race in 2013 aboard Leading Light.
Gosden chasing fifth win
John Gosden has a pair of entries as he seeks a fifth win in the final Classic of the British campaign, with Wings Of Desire and Muntahaa possible representatives for the Newmarket-based handler.
The Group 1 winner Robin Of Navan, meanwhile, could line up for the Lambourn-based trainer Harry Dunlop.
“I felt that we should give Robin Of Navan an entry in the St Leger because it is the final Classic of the season and it would be lovely to build him up towards the race,” said Dunlop.
“He sustained an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club, which we think he may have done in the parade before the race when he whipped round as they were playing music.
“He pulled a ligament but it seems to be all good now and we are just quietly getting him back going again.
“He is back in normal work and is making good progress. We are going to see how he goes and we could look at running him beforehand, possibly in France again.”