Doctor Fremantle heads Stoute trio bidding for Leger glory
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE will field a trio of runners including Derby fourth Doctor Fremantle in his bid to make it 22nd time lucky in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
Cricket-loving Stoute has gone close to taking home the world's oldest Classic on several occasions having saddled 26 different runners in the race and finished in the second spot no less than five times.
Stable jockey Ryan Moore could be aboard Doctor Fremantle - named after the cooling sea breeze which affects play between the stumps in Western Australia - or Queen's Vase and Gordon Stakes winner Conduit,with Stoute having withdrawn Patkai at Monday's five-day declaration stage.
Stoute said: "I wasn't satisfied with Patkai's work on Saturday so I have declared Conduit, Doctor Fremantle and Warringah, and Ryan will ride either Conduit or Doctor Fremantle.
"I don't think Conduit improved from Ascot to Goodwood so I do hope he has improved for the Goodwood race.
"It was a workmanlike display that day and he wasn't spectacular, but weare very happy with his preparation and he seems in good shape.
"Doctor Fremantle should be able to get the trip if we can get him switched off.
"He was to go to the Voltigeur but bruised a foot. We have been a little bit behind schedule but I think we are just about there now.
"Warringah was going to the Melrose but pulled a shoe in his box which held him up for a few days. He has given every indication he will stay well but I don't think he will be good enough."
Conduit is 5-1 with the sponsors who also offer Doctor Fremantle at 12-1, and the pair were among the 18 who go forward to the 1m6f Classic.
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for eight of those and confirmed the ante-post favourite and Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire on target for his first start since the Curragh in June.
He said: "I am not sure of plans yet as we will have to wait and see what the weather does, but Frozen Fire is a strong possible at the moment.
"Alessandro Volta, Washington Irving, Hindu Kush, and Bashkirov are all very strong possibles at the moment too, but they all have work to do."
Frozen Fire faces stiff competition from another Classic winner in runaway Oaks winner Look Here.
The filly will be trainer Ralph Beckett's first runner in the race, and confirmed her wellbeing last weekend.
Beckett said: "It surprised me how easily she won the Oaks and it left me slightly stunned.
"The form has been franked by Moonstone and Ice Queen, and Lush Lashes keeps doing itfor us too.
"She had a problem which ruled her out of the Yorkshire Oaks but she got over that quickly and we have had a clear run the last fortnight.
"She did what we hoped on Saturday morning when she worked and I am as sure as I can be that the trip will be in her favour."
A decision of who will ride Irish filly Unsung Heroine will be made on Wednesday morning with connections of the dual winner hopeful of securing the services of Jamie Spencer should Wayne Lordan lose his appeal against a suspension.
Trainer Tommy Stack's son and assistant Fozzy said: "She has been unlucky in life and has triedto kill herself twice, but hopefully we will have a clear run between now and Saturday.
"I hoped she has improved for her last run at Cork, but she probably would have to."
Jeremy Noseda, winning trainer in 2006, will be represented by Whistledownwind and he said: "His preparation has been hindered by the wet weather and the gallop conditions.
"The big question at this time is whether I have got him fit enough for a mile and six in the Leger, but I am happy to give it a go and we will roll the dice and see where we end up."
Andrew Balding hit the bar with third-placed Phoenix Reach in 2003 and sends out German Derby third Top Lock this time.
Balding said: "We gave him a break after the German Derby, so he needed the run in the Great Voltigeur and I'm hopeful of a good run at the weekend.