Libertarian: is pleasing new trainer Charlie ApplebyPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Libertarian on course for St Leger redemption bid
DERBY second Libertarian was reported on Monday to be progressing nicely towards next month's Ladbrokes St Leger where he will attempt to give Godolphin a seventh success in the Classic.
Winner of the Dante at York, Libertarian will be having his first outing for trainer Charlie Appleby having been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed after his narrow second in the Derby, although his debut for Godolphin was an underwhelming eighth of nine in the Irish Derby for former trainer Elaine Burke.
Libertarian missed an engagement in the Great Voltigeur at York last week but Appleby is pleased with the three-year-old's progress.
"Libertarian has had a nice break since the Irish Derby," Appleby said. "We spoke about going to the Voltigeur but we wanted to give him more of a break. With the way the ground was I am glad we didn't go. He's progressing well and coming on nicely for the Leger."
Libertarian is a general 9-1 chance for the St Leger behind Great Voltigeur winner Telescope, whose place in the final field at Doncaster is uncertain.
Following Monday's Racing Post story casting doubt on Telescope running in the St Leger, the Highclere-owned runner was taken out of the overall ante-post market for the race and placed in the "with a run" market by bet365, who price him at 7-2.
He remains as short as 3-1 to win the St Leger with sponsors Ladbrokes while Galileo Rock is also strongly fancied for the season's final Classic.