Sensational St Leger in prospect
The 2012 Ladbrokes St Leger looks set to go down in history should father and son combination, Aidan and Joseph O’Brien, land the final leg of the legendary 'Triple Crown' with new superstar, Camelot. The St Leger Stakes is the final leg of racing's holy grail, which was last won over 40 years ago by Nijinsky and Lester Piggott.
The Triple Crown, which includes the 2000 Guineas, The Derby and the finale of the Classic races, the St Leger, is thought to be a true test of a horse as the races vary in distance from a mile to a mile and three quarters, are run at three different tracks. To win all three a horse needs to demonstrate a potent combination of strength, speed, stamina and class.
Camelot is far from certain to find the 14-furlong trip over the famous Town Moor a walk in the park, with stiff competition from the St Leger specialists John Gosden and William Buick, who have won the last two renewals of the race with Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel. Gosden will be well represented in the race again with both Michelangelo and York Ebor Festival winner, Thought Worthy.
Between them, Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden, the top two trainers currently vying for the lead in the 2012 British Trainers Championships, account for a third of the runners attempting to win the £311,905 prize and the enormous accolades that come with it.
Other contenders for the ‘World’s oldest Classic’ include Godolphin’s Encke, the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Thomas Chippendale and Main Sequence, who will be gunning for revenge on Camelot having chased him home in the Derby.
To listen to the legendary Lester Piggott’s thoughts on Camelot emulating the great Nijinsky and securing the Triple Crown on Saturday, CLICK HERE.
To secure your place and see history in the making, CLICK HERE. If you can’t be there in person, the race will be shown live on Attheraces and Channel 4.
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