Irish Derby victor Hurricane Lane is now an odds-on shot to pick up a second Classic win at Doncaster next month after its English conqueror Adayar was withdrawn from the Cazoo St Leger Stakes market.
Charlie Appleby’s colt picked up the bronze medal at Epsom Downs back in June before landing duel Group 1 successes at the Curragh and Paris Longchamp, respectively, and heads the betting for September’s showpiece event in Yorkshire on Saturday 11th.
18 contenders remain in total, including Mojo Star who picked up second spot in Surrey two months ago ahead of the aforementioned Godolphin three-year-old and shed his maiden tag at Newbury last time out with a facile victory.
Aidan O’Brien, who bids for a first win in the contest since 2018, could run both Sir Lucan and Sir Lamorak, while Glorious Goodwood hero Ottoman Emperor is the Irish hopeful most feared by bookmakers currently.
Trainer Jonny Murtagh told At The Races: “I think he deserves his chance in the St Leger – whether he stays the mile and six is a question mark, but we’ll have to pay to find out!
“You won’t find out until the day, when he goes past that mile and a half.
“But he’s a relaxed horse, and he gives the impression that he will stay.”