Conduit ends Stoute's St Leger drought
REPORT: ST LEGER, Saturday
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE finally broke his duck in the Ladbrokes St Leger after 25 previous tries as 8-1 chance Conduit came home a clear winner of the world's oldest Classic under Frankie Dettori.
Dettori, who was riding his fifth winner in the race - for five different trainers - moved hismount into the lead over a furlong from home having been well back in the pack as they straightened up, and despite the fact the Dalakhani colt ran around a bit whenhe saw daylight, he still had the measure of his 13 rivals, with Unsung Heroine (14-1) a never-nearer three-length second and the other filly in the race, Oaks winner Look Here, sent off the 11-4 favourite, failing to find much after cruising at the top of the straight, filling third spot.
Stoute told Channel 4 Racing: "It is a great thrill and it is a great relief to finally crack this race.
"I thought it was a strong St Leger, but he had a good preparation and we came here very hopeful."
Dettori wasfull of sympathy for Stoute's stable jockey Ryan Moore in picking the wrong one from the trainer's trio, saying: "I've been there many times myself and I've seen many races go the other way.
"It's one of those things, you can only ride one horse and I was blessed that I got on this one.
"They went very fast, I knew I was on a stayer and I made my mind up two out and I knew they wouldn't get me."
Fozzy Stack,assistant to his father Tommy, trainer of Unsung Heroine said: "I'm absolutely delighted with that. We've always thought she was very good and it's a pity she has just run into a very good winner today.
"Even so, therewas an Oaks and a Derby winner behind her and next year we might gear everything around the Melbourne Cup.
"We'll see how she is as regards another run this season and if she has one, it could be in the Breeders' Cup Marathon."
Look Here's trainer Ralph Beckett said: "She's run a cracker, but I think it is fair to say the ground has blunted her turn of foot.
"Eddie (Ahern) just said she found it a bit sticky, - but that could be us looking for an excuse.
"It's hard to say if she truly stays a mile and three-quarters. Everything seemed to go to plan and she has really run a blinder.
"That will probably be it for this year and we've plenty to look forward to next season."