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While he was a fifth place finisher in that last outing it doesn't look too bad on paper considering the big field but he was soundly beaten by nearly seven lengths and there isn't a huge amount of turn-around time between now and then. Expect him to be in the mix potentially for a placing but the 8/1 price tag out there on him right now is just too short when you consider the type of quality he's running against here.
Look for Storm The Stars trading anywhere from 10/3 all the way down to a 5/2 margin right now with a number of top European bookmakers. It's also worth watching his volume fluctuate on the exchange – particularly during the in-running portion here since there is a lot more room to play with than most of basic flat races.
Bondi Beach is one of the more unknown quantities in this contest and he's been out four times exclusively and has acquitted himself well in each contest with 1212 being his string of results with that last loss coming in the...
There are no really big questions over his ability to get the distance the whole thing is whether he can outclass the rest of them here. With that big race coming from last time sure to keep his price down a bit here you have to admit that he final wagering odds will be fascinating during the build-up to this big one at Doncaster on Saturday.
Punters will find Order of St George trading as low as 9/4 with most major bookmakers though 5/2 listings and even a few 11/4's are also out there right now as the trading volume begins to pick up before the day itself kicks off.
We are now down to the final 11 contenders still in the mix for the 2015 St Leger which unfolds tomorrow at Doncaster. The feature contenders remain in the mix here and that's going to make this one a very fascinating betting contest with just a couple of genuine stand-outs in the mix for the outright win slot while the rest look to be in tough contention for the each-way positions in this fascinating long-distance contest.
Bondi Beach looks like he’s coming back for more and that makes a lot of sense considering the O’Brien trained colt hasn’t finished outside of the top two in the entirety of his four races this season.
It’s interesting when you compare Bondi Beach to Storm The Stars because one only has a minimum of races under his belt and had some pretty good spacing between them - especially after debuting as a three-year-old beating out the much more favoured Bantry Bay at Leopardstown back in mid-May and then coming in second next time out when he...
His main challenger is none other than Storm The Stars who has been one of the most there-or-thereabouts horses we have seen in quite some time. He has been punching it out in a lot of top quality races and acquitting himself well each time of asking. He definitely has some solid performances and will be looking to add to that here as he stretches out in distance significantly.
The last English classic race of the season is set to unfold in just two weeks time as the St Leger Stakes will run at Doncaster. As one of the longest running races in the UK pattern - and the benchmark staying race that has spawned local equivalents all over the world - this years iteration should be another great tribute to the longstanding tradition of impressive St Leger winners.
The one to really keep your eye on here - at least to offer up some excellent potential for each-way value - is to watch out for Keen Ice, who was able to make a really nice late run in the Haskell Stakes to finish well behind American Pharoah (nobody would have caught him that day anyway) but he was able to blow past the rest of the field with ease and he has the look of another one of those excellent late-running colts owned by perennial Derby trail contenders Donegal Racing.
The European bookmakers have gone live with the latest prices on American Pharoah and he is trading right now at a 1/5 margin. Punters will probably be avoiding him in anything but the big multi-race parlays but the fact remains that it will likely make a lot more sense to wager on the American tote than to actually lock in a 1/5 price tag because it represents no value against a field that will probably be a lot smaller than you think but still contains some genuinely excellent contenders.
Coming right on the heels of a scintillating victory for American-based super mare Beholder in the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, the current reigning Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah worked out over the exact same surface on Sunday morning before being confirmed by connections to ship to Saratoga Springs to contest this weekend’s Travers Stakes.