Dee Ex Bee battles Kew Gardens in punters' pick for the St Leger

Dee Ex Bee battles Kew Gardens in punters' pick for the St Leger

Mark Johnston's horse has received the exact same proportion of bets as the red hot favourite.

In the last 24 hours, Dee Ex Bee has received the same amount of bets as current favourite, Kew Gardens to win the St Leger.

Kew Gardens finished four-and-a-half lengths in front of Dee Ex Bee at Longchamp back in July but punters are confident Mark Johnston’s three-year-old can reverse that particular form back in the UK.

Dee Ex Bee has raced since and finished second at Goodwood to the highly related Cross Counter, with several other well fancied horses in behind on that occasion.

The three-year-old is currently best priced at 16-1, whist Kew Gardens is the clear favourite at 13-8.

The Irish Derby was a huge disappointment for Johnstone’s horse, who could only manage 7th and was the first horse to come under pressure that day. However, Johnstone was quick to blame the ground and track and the result would not put him off withdrawing Dee Ex Bee from the Leger.

"He was running on again when he hit the rising ground, so we wouldn't say categorically he will never run again on fast going, but the combination was just too much for him at the Curragh and he basically wasn't going the pace on that ground."

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “The news that Lah Ti Dar is unlikely to run in the St. Leger has seen favourite Kew Gardens' price clipped in, but it is a Mark Johnston horse that is attracting attention.

Available at a double figure price, Dee Ex Bee, who ran behind Kew Gardens at Longchamp in July, is proving a popular each-way selection against Aidan O'Brien's charge.”