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Pat Cosgrave can Storm to classic success in the St Leger at Doncaster

By Frank Brownlow

Published 27/08/2015

Will power: William Haggas has high hopes in St Leger
Will power: William Haggas has high hopes in St Leger

Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave has a great chance of landing a stunning classic success when rising Storm The Stars in the St Leger at Doncester.

Cosgrave, who won on last night's Belfast Telegraph tip Flying Hammer at Kempton, rode Storm The Stars to victory in last week's Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor Festival.

Storm The Stars is vying for favouritism in the St Leger on September 12 with Order Of St George.

Connections of Storm The Stars believe their horse is the one to beat in the last Classic of the season.

The William Haggas-trained colt cemented his position as a leading contender for the one-mile-six-furlong showdown when winning the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

While he only beat Bondi Beach by a half a length in what was a slightly controversial finish, his previous placed efforts in the English and Irish Derbies, as well as in the Grand Prix de Paris, demonstrate his Group One credentials.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, feels Storm The Stars' form bears the closest inspection and expects the Sea The Stars colt to feature in the finish.

He said: "Storm The Stars has come out of York in great form and everything is fine with him.

"I thought it was a good performance in the Voltigeur. He was game and really stuck his head down in the final furlong.

"The form of that race looks strong and I think he is the one they all have to beat at Doncaster. The others need to improve to beat him - I'm not saying they won't but they need to.

"I think he will be more effective over a mile and three quarters. He wants this trip."

York runner-up Bondi Beach is one of six horses still in the mix for Aidan O'Brien, with the trainer's facile Irish St Leger Trial winner Order Of St George currently heading the ante-post markets.

The Ballydoyle challenge also includes Group Three scorer Fields Of Athenry, Irish Derby third Giovanni Canaletto, Melrose handicap third Outspoken and impressive Dundalk maiden winner Hobart.

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