Andy Holding's Saturday Racing Tips
Forecast Prices: Crystal Ocean 1/2, Idaho 5/1, Barsanti 11/2, Cliffs Of Moher 10/1, Red Verdon 33/1, Rare Rhythm /
Last Year's Race: Idaho, 4, 9 1, J A Heffernan, 9/2, A P O'Brien, 12 ran
Sporting Life Preview
Barsanti just failed to catch Idaho in last year’s renewal and made a winning return in Listed company here last month. The latter won the Ormonde at Chester in May before struggling in the Coronation Cup at Epsom while stablemate Cliffs Of Moher makes a quick reappearance having failed to figure over 1m2f in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes here on Tuesday. But Ryan Moore abandons the Ballydoyle duo to keep faith with CRYSTAL OCEAN, runner-up in last year’s St Leger and still improving judged on a facile Group 3 success at Newbury last month. Sir Michael Stoute has won this prize five times in the last eight years and his colt looks the one to beat. Rare Rhythm won the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at last year’s meeting and beat Barsanti over 1m6f later in the year. But he may prove best over longer trips now, however, while Red Verdon has a bit to find on these terms.
St Leger second CRYSTAL OCEAN has returned as good as ever this season, landing two Group Three contests, first at Sandown over an inadequate trip and then impressively at Newbury when comfortably clear of his rivals. The Sea The Stars colt is backed to land his first Group Two prize and atone for his defeat in the King Edward VII Stakes at the meeting last term. Idaho got the better of Barsanti in this by half a length 12 months ago, but Roger Varian's gelding made a successful comeback and could prove to be the main danger to the selection. Cliffs Of Moher steps up in trip after his fourth in Wednesday's Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
Prediction: 1st Crystal Ocean, 2nd Barsanti, 3rd Idaho