Ralph Beckett-trained Talent runner up in St Leger

LEADING LIGHT landed the St Leger in phenomenal style when slamming his opponents under the guidance of Joseph O’Brien to win the final Classic of the season and in the process provide his rider with a

The well backed 7-2 favourite jostled for second place throughout the early stages and always looked to be travelling best before producing a devastating turn of foot and staying on well to win in fine style.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Montjeu was victorious in the Group 3 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time out and this victory makes it five wins from his last five starts and his first at Group 1 level.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said his trainer, who was celebrating his fourth St Leger victory. “He is such a solid horse and there is plenty of class there.

“They obviously think a lot of him back home but he is very versitile. We could drop him back to a mile and a half for the Arc but we will have to discuss that back home.”

Leading Light scored by one-and-a-half lengths from Talent who produced a rejuvinated run following her disappointing run in the Irish Oaks.

The Ralph Beckett-trained daughter of New Approach, who was the only filly in the race, was held at the rear by jockey Jim Crowley. She found a little trouble before making up ground in the final stages, but made no real impression on the impressive winner.

“We would have loved to get a clean run today for sure, but the winner has run well and she has run well,” said Beckett. “I’m thrilled to bits for her and I feel like I’ve won because it was so bad in Ireland and to bring her back and do that is terrific.

“I would think all being well and if the ground comes up similar to today we’ll run at Ascot in the champion fillies [Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes] race and that’ll suit her.”

Crowley added about the Oaks winner: “She’s ran very well. You have to switch off a little bit.

“I got a bit of a bounce about a furlong and a half out going between horses, but she’s run a good race. It’s nice to have her back to show Epsom wasn’t a fluke.”

As well as the first two past the post, other leading fancies Galileo Rock and Libertarian also finished inside the top four with the former getting the better by half a length and trainer David Wachman was pleased with run of his Galileo Rock.

“He ran very well on ground he can’t really handle,” said Wachman. “It was probably the right decision to run.”

“The winner won very well so no excuses but he’d like a sounder surface. He ran a good, honest, tough race. It is more than satisfactory, I am happy we came.”

Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin, was pleased with the run of Libertarian but less so with Secret Number – who finished sixth – and Cap O’Rushes who finished last of the eleven runners.

“Libertarian has run a big race but the ground might have been slightly against him, said Crisford. “He prefers good ground.”

“Secret Number doesn’t really stay the trip. Cap O’Rushes wasn’t good enough.”

Source: Racing Post 14th September 2013

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