Phillip Makin will again be offered the ride on GuaranteePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Haggas guarantees St Leger participation
THE day after his father-in-law Lester Piggott suggested Camelot would win the Ladbrokes St Leger, William Haggas decided to rise to the challenge and confirm Guarantee's participation in the final Classic of the season after the colt impressed him in his work on Friday morning.
Prior to his three-and-a-half-length handicap success at York's Ebor festival, talk of taking on Camelot wasn't even on the minds of connections, but he showed so much improvement that day the St Leger entered the picture.
Haggas was not keen to commit straight away, wanting to see how the horse came out of the race and if he continued to improve as he had done from his previous start at Ripon.
"The St Leger is the plan. I wanted to work him this morning and he went nicely so I am very happy with him and looking forward to it [the St Leger]," Haggas told the Racing Post on Friday.
"He is going the right way and whilst he has still got a bit to find obviously with Camelot who knows with an improving three-year-old?"
Phillip Makin has ridden the Highclere syndicate-owned three-year-old on each of his last two starts, and Haggas added: "I am going to ask Philip Makin and I hope he can ride him again."