Conduit rated on a par with St Leger champions
CONDUIT rates as at least an up-to-scratch winner of the St Leger after landing what looked a good renewal but, with several of his chief rivals disappointing, putting a confident figure on his performance isn't easy.
A Racing Post Rating of 122 is on a par with recent winners of the race and may well underrate the form, but I'd rather err on the cautious side for now, with stamina doubts, particularly on the ground, over several of his vanquished opponents.
Previously unbeaten Irish filly Unsung Heroine stepped up on her previous effort to an RPR of 115, with Oaks winner Look Here (110) 11lb off her Epsom form after an interrupted preparation.
With another Classic winner, Frozen Fire, further back, there are grounds for taking a bolder view ofthe form, but outsiders Hindu Kush and Enroller in fourth and fifth throw a more uncertain light on the result.
Septimus faced a straightforward task in the Irish St Leger, and with his main rivals also disappointing it's unlikely he had to run to his best, despite winning by 13 lengths.
An RPR of 121+ falls 3lb shy of last year's Doncaster Cup-winning mark, but he's still relatively unexposed as a stayer and it'sunlikely we've seen the best of him, with a challenge to stablemate Yeats's (126) position as leading stayer certainly not out of the question.
Honolulu landed his first Pattern race in last week's Doncaster Cup, but in an ordinary renewal he didn't need to improve on his Queen Alexandra Stakes-winning mark of 117, with main rival Royal And Regal again below his early season form.
It says plenty for the dominance of the Ballydoyle stayers that Honolulu could justify favouritism here, despite appearing a grade behind his Group 1-winning stablemates.