Author: James Muir

Ladbrokes St Leger 2012: Encke Upsets Camelot Legend

Godolphin’s Encke has won the 2012 Ladbrokes St Leger, defeating red hot favourite Camelot, who was seeking to become the first horse in 42 years to win the Triple Crown. Camelot, sent off the 2/5 favourite, won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Derby at Epsom earlier in the year, but became the first horse since 1931 to fail to clinch the Triple Crown. Generally unconsidered, 25/1 shot Encke, ridden by last year’s Epsom Derby winning jockey Mickael Barzalona and trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, had first run on the field and was holding Camelot comfortably enough at...

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Ladbrokes St Leger 2012: Does Camelot Crowning Await?

Camelot will bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 42 years this afternoon, as he lines up for the most eagerly awaited Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in decades. The great Nijinsky was the last horse to win the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger in 1970, and Camelot will bid to emulate him at 3.40pm. Like Nijinsky, Camelot will represent the all-powerful Ballydoyle operation. Nijinsky was himself the first to achieve the accolade since Bahram 35 years earlier, in 1935. Twelve horses in total have been considered to have won the Triple...

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Ladbrokes St Leger Festival: Day 1, Leger Legends

The Scarbrough Stakes is the feature race for equines on the first day of the meeting, but it will be the ex-stars of the saddle who take centre stage in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Race. Popular old names such as Kevin Darley, George Duffield, Mick Kinane, Luke Harvey and Jamie Osborne will take part in the classified event over Doncaster’s straight mile. They will once again be joined by American superstar Julie Krone, who took the race last year. Krone in fact has a chance of winning back-to-back renewals of the event and this year partners Sunnyside Tom...

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Betfred Sprint Cup Festival: Rock Wins Sprint Cup

Society Rock returned to winning ways with a brave display in the Betfred Sprint Cup. James Fanshawe’s five year-old was a popular winner of Haydock’s premier flat race and was winning his second Group One after the Golden Jubilee of last year. Indeed this was his first triumph since and connections would always have been hopeful, following Society Rock’s fine fifth to Black Caviar in this year’s Jubilee. Recently, Society Rock has lost his winning chance at the start, rearing in the stalls and anticipating the break too early. That wasn’t the case today and jockey Kieren Fallon had...

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The 2012 Betfred Sprint Cup

Haydock’s premier flat race of the season is always eagerly awaited and this year’s renewal of the Betfred Sprint Cup is no exception. Thirteen runners will head to post, chasing a first prize of over £127,000 and a glorious Group 1 triumph. Australian mare Ortensia has gained many fans in England over the summer and will bid to win a few more at 3.25pm. She started her British campaign at Royal Ascot and finished ninth in the King’s Stand Stakes. That was disappointing for many, despite the fact that excuses were made. She then ran creditably when fourth in...

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