Look Here on track
for the St Leger
EDDIE AHERN sat on Oaks winner Look Here for the first time on Tuesday, as she gears up for more Classic honours in Saturday's St Leger.
Ahern, who replaces champion jockey Seb Sanders, who is out for the season through injury, travelled to trainer Ralph Beckett's stables at Whitsbury to accompany the filly in a routine exercise.
"I went down to see her and get a feel of her," said Ahern. "We did a nice exercise canter and it went really well, so I am happy. We didn't do anything exciting but she felt really good underneath."
Look Here, who was yesterday cut to 4-1 (from 9-2) by Coral, has been off the track since her Epsom Classic win, and was confirmed on target for the Ladbrokes-sponsored St Leger only last weekend.
Beckett said: "Everything went according to plan and we are on track for the Leger. Eddie came down and had a sit on her for the first time and I think he was impressed, so everything is on course for the weekend."
Ahern will be seeking his first Group 1 success in Britain, while Gerald Mosse has been given the chance to bid for his first British Classic after getting the ride on the Jeremy Noseda-trained Whistledownwind.
Wayne Lordan's appeal against a three-day careless riding ban imposed on him at Tipperary last month was successful and he will now be available to ride Unsung Heroine, for whom Jamie Spencer was on standby for Saturday's Leger.
The ban, which takes in tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, means that Lordan would be unavailable to ride Unsung Heroine, for whom Jamie Spencer is on standby.
Beckett will be hoping to start Saturday with a bang, courtesy of Lipocco in the Portland Handicap. The sprinter started favourite for the race last year, only to finish well beaten.
"Last year it didn't work for us in that he had gone over the top when he ran - obviously we didn't know that at the time," Beckett told At The Races.
"We were quite keen to run him in theHaydock Sprint Cup because I thought the track would really suit him - a fast six furlongs is what he requires - but it wasn't to be.
"Five and a half at Doncaster should be right up his street."
Aidan O'Brien said yesterday that Honolulu would represent him in the National Express Doncaster Cup on Friday, declarations for which are made today.