Conduit could be Moore's Leger choice after gallop
CONDUIT looks likely to be ridden by Ryan Moore in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger after coming through his last serious workin exhilarating style on the across-the-flat gallop on Racecourse Side Saturday morning.
The colt gained hislatest win in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood at the end of July when beating Donegal by a head, and his performance on Saturday suggested that he is in the sort of form trainer Sir Michael Stoute would have hoped for as he tries to end his duck in the final Classic.
Moore always had his mount in control as he was shadowed by Patkai but, when Stoute's stable jockey opened up the throttle in the closing stages, the Ballymacoll Stud-owned colt surged four or five lengths clear.
Before the changeover, Moore had partnered another Stoute Leger contender, Doctor Fremantle, in his exercise, and the Derby fourth looked in good form as he came through to claim the strong-galloping Warringah in the closing stages of the work before going on by a length or more.
The quartet of gallopers are all in the St Leger and Stoute will deliberate with the owners before making a decision on the make-up of his squad.
Stoute said on Saturday: "I will have to chat to connections and we will know tomorrow."
Doctor Fremantle would be racing for the first time since not having the best of passages when fourth to Montmartre in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in mid-July, but he worked well enough to suggest he might be given the go-ahead to jointhe attack at Doncaster.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager toowner Khalid Abdulla, said: "He went nicely and is still in there. We haven't decided at this stage who would ride and I will have to talk with Sir Michael."
Jeremy Noseda worked his Leger hope Whistledownwind, who was staying on strongly in company with Sixties Icon to follow just in behind their lead in a gallop over a mile on Racecourse Side.
John Gosden worked Centennial on the samestretch on a rain-sodden Friday morning, and the grey colt went well under Jimmy Fortune as the trainer and owner Michael O'Flynn mull over whether to supplement the Great Voltigeur winner for £45,000 On Monday morning.
Gosden left for the Keeneland sales soon after the gallop and will consult the owner in America.
Peter Shoemark, racing secretary to Gosden, said: "I'm likely to find out late on Sunday night if Centennial is to be supplemented."