GALILEO CHROME (3.35) has been a late springer in the Pertemps St Leger market and can create a bit of history for Joseph O’Brien in our oldest Classic at Doncaster.
O’Brien rode Leading Light to win the 2013 St Leger for dad Aidan and has quickly established himself as a grade one trainer. Galileo Chrome is unbeaten in three starts this season and the manner of his five lengths victory at Navan at the end of August convinced connections to head across the water to Town Moor.
There is usually no hiding place over the extended 1m 6f trip, so a stout stayer with a turn of foot is required. Hukum would continue the glorious run enjoyed by Hamdan Al Maktoum and Jim Crowley, and their colt fits the bill on the evidence of his latest Newbury success over 1m 5f, having earlier beaten Kipps and Subjectivist at Royal Ascot. Subjectivist has improved through the summer but Mark Johnston’s resolute galloper would have preferred soft ground.
Aidan O’Brien, bidding for a St Leger seven-timer, saddles three, with Irish Derby winner Santiago the pick. Classic success came only eight days after his Royal Ascot romp in the Queen’s Vase and Santiago looked as good as ever when running third to Stradivarius and Nayef Road in the Goodwood Cup.
Pyledriver won the King Edward VII Stakes at the royal fixture and following a no-show in the Investec Derby, bounced back to form in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, whipping Highland Chief and Mogul.
Eight runners are declared for the bet365 Park Stakes, a Group 2 contest over seven furlongs, and LIMATO (3.00) bids to roll back the years after bagging this prize as a three-year-old in 2015.
He looked as good as ever when scooting clear in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket at the end of June. Molatham edged out Witchita in the Flying Scotsman Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago and the pair lock horns again. One Master, another seven furlongs specialist, commands plenty of respect in a fascinating encounter.
SQUELCH (5.10) has been pointed north by Rae Guest and will take a deal of beating in the Class 4 handicap over 12 furlongs. She has mopped up races at Wolverhampton, Doncaster and Pontefract this summer and there was no disgrace in defeat contesting a hot Class 2 handicap at Salisbury last time. Fiveandtwenty is up 6lb for her latest success, while Beechwood Jude is also penalised after overcoming a long absence to score in the Catterick mud.
LE CHIFFRE (5.40) wins a confident vote in the mile handicap. David O’Meara’s gelding kicked off the season with a Beverley success and has since shown his liking for that track with two excellent efforts behind Harrison Point and Bottom Bay respectively. Le Chiffre seems best going right-handed and cheek-pieces are applied.