Pyledriver heads a field of fifteen for the St Leger

Pyledriver was a game winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Pyledriver was a game winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Last month’s Great Voltigeur winner Pyledriver heads a field of 15 entries for this year’s St Leger, after the five-day declarations were released on Monday for the final classic of the season.

William Muir’s charge has been one of the surprise packages of the season, winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and he’s the 11/4 favourite for the Leger after an authoritative success in last month’s Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival.

The omens are good for Pyledriver, as 14 winners of that particular Doncaster trial have gone on to win the Leger itself since its inception in 1950 - most recently last year’s hero Logician.

Aidan O’Brien has won the race on no less than six occasions, and his four-strong squad is spearheaded by the Irish Derby winner Santiago. He was installed as the ante-post favourite for this after his success at the Curragh, though has since been defeated in the Goodwood Cup, finishing third behind Stradivarius and Nayef Road.

The Irish Derby second and third Tiger Moth and Dawn Patrol also take their chance for O’Brien alongside the outsider Mythical, though Mogul is a notable absentee having disappointed behind Pyledriver at York last month. 

Also due to make the trip over from Ireland is Galileo Chrome, who represents Joseph O’Brien. The colt has come in for some strong support for the race in recent days having won each of his three starts so far this term, including a listed race on heavy ground by five lengths at Navan last time out. 

Meanwhile, the British challenge alongside Pyledriver is complimented by the likes of the improving pair of Subjectivist  and Hukum, while the Epsom Derby favourite English King is also set to take his chance - though he will be without the services of Frankie Dettori, who looks set to partner Santiago. 

Last but not least, the unbeaten Tyson Fury has been handed an entry by the Richard Spencer team, and he’ll be hoping to emulate his boxing namesake by building on a winning debut in a novice contest over a mile and a half at Doncaster in July. The prospective field is completed by Believe In Love, Berkshire Rocco, Max Vega, Mohican Heights and Sunchart.

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