Torcedor the each way value in Irish St Leger at the Curragh
Sunday 10th September, 2017 - 4:50pm Curragh - Irish St Leger
Wicklow Brave produced one of the shocks of the entire Flat season last year as the Willie Mullins-trained raider beat 1/7 favourite Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger, and that pair will lock horns again on Sunday afternoon in the same Group 1 contest at the Curragh, and much like the betting was last year it's the latter, trained by Aidan O'Brien, that will be sent off a red-hot favourite for the final Classic of the Irish Flat campaign.
- Order Of St George (2015) & Wicklow Brave (2016) have won this race before
- Wicklow Brave beat 1/7 favourite Order Of St George in this race last season
- Order Of St George is the only last-time-out winner in the field
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Order Of St George Aims To Retain Crown
A winner of the Irish St Leger in 2015, Order Of St George was a red-hot jolly to retain the staying crown, but as he underperformed it was the dual purpose staying star Wicklow Brave that propelled into the limelight, however, having won the Irish St Leger trial last month, beating Wicklow Brave comfortably, the multiple Group winner will be a warm 4/9 shot with William Hill to win this race for the second time in his career.
Narrowly beaten by Big Orange in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June, the five-year-old Ballydoyle inmate is the premier stayer across the Irish Sea, and providing he can emulate his Curragh win last month then it's hard to not see him recapture this crown, but having disappointed at short odds last season then it would be no surprise to see punters avoiding the classy performer at such prohibitive odds.
The 2016 Gold Cup winner at the Royal meeting may have lost a few times when sent off at odds-on, so with that in mind he is not a backable price, but if he can turn up on his best form then you have to feel that none of his rivals will be able to maintain the strong gallop, as they approach the final couple of furlongs.
Dartmouth & Torcedor The Dangers
Sir Michael Stoute's Dartmouth kicked off the new campaign with a fine win in the Yorkshire Cup at York, but having finished fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, he was then touched off in the Lonsdale Cup at York, so he will be hoping for a turn of fortunes, but the 8/1 chance with Paddy Power can often find these marathon distances a little too far, and while he could be one of the most eye-catching each-way plays against the favourites, it's hard to see him reigning for The Queen here.
Jessica Harrington's Torcedor is a stayer on the upgrade, and having won the Vintage Crop Stakes two starts ago, he wasn't disgraced following that Group 3 win by finishing an eye-catching fifth in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, and with a drop back in trip likely to play to his strengths then 8/1 with William Hill for him to make the top three is a cracking bet, while if Order Of St George doesn't produce his best then he could well play his part in the finish.
Mount Moriah Best Of The Rest
Wicklow Brave will no doubt come into punter's minds as he aims to retain this prize, but at 20/1 with Paddy Power he can be easily ignored, and there are more attractive big-priced runners taking their chance, with Mount Moriah catching the eye at 25/1 with William Hill bookmakers.
Ralph Beckett's charge won two handicaps on British soil impressively, and wasn't completely disgraced when third in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last month, and while he will need to improve immeasurably to figure here, he is one of the only contenders with potential improvement to come this season.
Of the others, Western Hymn (25/1 with Betfred) can be a real handful, and while he oozes ability on occasions he often blows more cold than hot, while Twilight Payment (33/1) and Lord Yeats (40/1) will be fighting it out for the minor honours, in what should be a fascinating event on Sunday afternoon.
2017 Irish St Leger Odds
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