Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:27 28/08/2013
The final Classic of the 2013 Flat season is only a little over two weeks away, yet the final make-up for the Ladbrokes sponsored St Leger is still far from clear with the ante-post favourite with many bookmakers, Telescope, is far from certain to take his chance in the world's oldest Classic while David Watchman, trainer of the strongly-fancied Galileo Rock (as short as 4-1 with several firms) has intimated that the Investec Derby third must have firm ground to show his best form.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Leading Light is currently a general 6-1 chance with most firms but after winning Royal Ascot's Queens Vase the son of Montjeu may not be ideally suited by dropping back in trip while Excess Knowledge (also 6-1 with most bookmakers ), who looked unlucky not to win Goodwood's Gordon Stakes last month, has since seen the value of that form devalued with the first and third both well beaten in York's Great Voltigeur Stakes.
Second behind Telescope on the Knavesmire was another O'Brien inmate in the shape of Foundry and at the 10-1 widely available, including with William Hill and Skybet, looks excellent value for Town Moor - as with only two runs to his name the colt seems certain to improve on what is already a highly creditable effort in going down by just over a length to Sir Michael Stoute's highly-regarded one-time Derby favourite.
Easy winner of his only start as a 2-year-old the son of Galileo has been given plenty of time to mature by connections and their patience can be rewarded by becoming Ballydoyle's fourth St Leger winner following victories with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion(2005).