Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Fire can freeze out rivals at Doncaster

Frozen Fire has provided Aidan O’Brien with one Classic success this season and can give the Ballydoyle handler yet another top-level victory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

The son of Montjeu was no great shakes as a juvenile and was not particularly well fancied for his reappearance in the Dante Stakes at York.

However, he belied his price-tag that day to go down by just a head to Tartan Bearer, booking his ticket to Epsom for the Vodafone Derby in the process.

He was all at sea over the contours of the Downs in June but put that disappointing display behind him when springing something of a surprise in the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Frozen Fire has been given plenty of time to recuperate from a busy early season and while this step up in trip is a step into the unknown, O’Brien rarely gets it wrong.

It will take a brave man to oppose him on Town Moor.

The rearranged Ladbrokes Sprint Cup adds further spice to a top-class afternoon of sport and it could pay to side with French raider African Rose, especially given the likely soft conditions.

The three-year-old has progressed at a rate of knots , starting with a third-placed effort at Saint-Cloud and most recently chasing home Marchand D’Or in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

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