The Punter: Just Wild about Frankie Dettori landing St Leger glory
Boys in blue Godolphin are talking about putting Rewilding into the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe next month.
If that’s the case then Rewilding must surely win the St Leger, the final Classic of the season at Doncaster on Saturday.
Rewilding, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, has to be a stonking bet at 13-8 with sponsors Ladbrokes.
The manner of the horse’s win in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, following his third behind Workforce in the Derby, is the right sort of form needed for this mile and three-quarters race.
The fact that it’s 7-1 bar the favourite is indicative of the expectation and while there are no certainties in this game, it will take something very special to stop another flying leap as Frankie celebrates a Classic end to the season.
Rewilding is quoted at 12-1 for the Arc and no doubt those odds will be slashed if he is triumphant on Town Moor.
The biggest threat could come from double Oaks winner Snow Fairy, although any further easing in the ground would be a worry for the filly.
On the same day, the Irish St Leger at the Curragh sees Dermot Weld with a strong hand in Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage and Profound Beauty.
Rite of Passage is also known for his exploits over hurdles and took the Ascot prize in fine style from Age of Aquarius.
But it is Profound Beauty who attracts my attention and at 5-1 is much better than Rite Of Passage who leads the market at 5-2.
Weld produced Vintage Crop to win this race twice and Vinnie Roe four times, so he certainly knows what is required.
Godolphin will be hoping for a St Leger double with Kite Wood being switched to the Irish race.
But it’s Profound Beauty for me. She is a course and distance specialist and also has a win over Age of Aquarious.
The trip should not worry her and Beauty can take the spoils before heading, possibly with Rite of Passage, to Australia for another crack at a race which stops a nation — the Melbourne Cup in November.