Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 17:31 08/09/2015
Wednesday sees the opening day of Doncaster's St Leger meeting when surprisingly the focus of attention centre's on an ex national hunt jockey in the shape of 20-times champion Tony McCoy who comes out of retirement in the aid of charity to partner Gannicus for trainer Brendan Powell in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at 3.35.
The sixteen runner contest over Town Moor's straight mile features some popular riders from days gone by including multiple Classic-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh but it is McCoy who will dominate the attention of the media and while his mount has a fair chance of supplying a fairytale end to the day odds as short as 5-2 appear ludicrous in such an open affair and a much better value bet is George Baker (the horse not the jockey), the mount of Michael Hills.
A 12-1 chance with several bookmakers including Betfair Sportsbook who are paying out on the first four, the eight-year-old was in excellent form at the beginning of the season winning races at Kempton and Les Landes in Jersey as well as running well in defeat on a number of occasions. The yielding ground may not have suited the Camacho gelding when down the field at Galway on his most recent start back in July and with the assistance of Hills who, at the age of 48, should be fitter than many of his rivals and the combination look sure to go close.
Recently retired top Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh is certain to be in good shape for the occasion but his mount Commissar has disappointed once too often, including last time when failing to justify 6-4 favouritism in a weak Redcar claimer, and a bigger danger to the selection could be Kim Tinkler's mount Cliff who has been knocking at the door all season.
1 point each-way George Baker 12-1 Betfair Sportsbook (4 places)