Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse, Hurricane Lane is set to race at the Cazoo St Leger as favourite as he attempts to give Godolphin a seventh win in the Doncaster Classic.
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Hurricane Lane started the campaign somewhat below the radar, with only a Newmarket novice victory to his name – but in coming out victorious in the Dante, the best Derby trial, Lane announced himself as a force.
While Lane met with his first loss when third to Adayar– his stable mate at Epsom, he has since won the Grand Prix de Paris and the Irish Derby.
British Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Charlie Appleby is highly confident of sealing his debut St Leger win, disclosing to www.godolphin.com: “This has always been Hurricane Lane’s objective since the Grand Prix de Paris, and his preparation has gone well.
“He has consistently improved with every start this year and looks a lot more mature physically and mentally compared to earlier in the season.
“He is the class horse in the race and looks the one to beat.”
William Buick – Hurricane Lane’s rider, has enjoyed past success in the Doncaster clash, winning consecutive renewals on Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel in 2010 and 2011for John Gosden.
Buick said, “It’s a race I always look forward to, and Hurricane Lane goes there with a good profile,”
“He’s only been beaten once, in the Derby behind Adayar, and that was a good run in itself. Hurricane Lane’s form before and since is rock solid, and he’s really shown his quality in the Irish Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris – where he was spectacular.
“The way he finished off both races suggests there ought not to be a problem with the trip, but you never know until you try it.
“With his run style and his breeding, you would imagine he would stay as well as anything else would, and he’s got the quality, but I’ve ridden non stayers before in the race who I thought would get the trip.”
Just like Godolphin, Aidan O’Brien already has over six St Leger wins on his rich resume – and is fired up for his seventh.
Aidan O’Brien’s hope seems to be High Definition, who spent the winter season as favourite for the Derby but is without a win in three starts this campaign.
O’Brien said via nz casino games: “High Definition had a little slip in the Irish Derby when he stumbled and he just lost his confidence a bit. York was his first run back after that, and we were happy with his run there and we thought he would come on mentally for it.
“He’s a horse we’ve always thought that he could get further than a mile and a half.”
Dettori, also aiming to win his seventh, rides High Definition for the very first time, and disclosed: “He was Derby favourite for six months and is kind of the forgotten horse.
“His Dante run wasn’t too bad over a mile and a quarter – he was two lengths behind the favourite (Hurricane Lane).
“Hopefully he will relish the distance.”