Pat Carey’s Domesday gelding All I Survey has opened favourite to win for just the second time when he races at Flemington’s Anzac Day meeting in the VRC St Leger Stakes 2015.
Due to jump as Flemington Race 6 at 4:00pm (AEST), this year’s $200,000 Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) features a final field of 14 three-year-olds with All I Survey jumping from barrier eight with Rhys McLeod in the saddle.
Paying $3.80 after being backed in from $4 in the latest VRC St Leger Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the progressive galloper is up over the distance for the first time but caught the eye at the track on April 11 when third behind Manapine in the Listed Galilee Series Final (2500m) carrying 58kg.
He drops two kilos under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the St Leger and has won just one of his six previous starts when saluting over 1856m in country Victoria only two runs back in his black-type debut.
The second line of VRC St Leger Stakes betting is then led by last start winner General Zabeel ($4.80) who has the inside alley with Mark Zahra down for the ride.
John Thompson’s nicely-bred son of Zabeel is born to go the distance, his latest victory on April 7 at Goulburn being over 2100m earning him this Flemington big city assignment over more metres.
The other single figure hopes out to become this year’s VRC St Leger Stakes winner are then Lee & Anthony Freedman’s last start Geelong winner over the mile and a half Authoritarian ($6.50), the Bart & James Cummings-trained Colour Of Money ($7.50) to be ridden by Dwayne Dunn from gate five, Bjorn Baker’s consistent Zabeel gelding Zatopaz ($7.50) who won over 2600m at Gosford a fortnight back and Gifted Lad ($8).
A visiting Kiwi galloper and another of top staying sire Zabeel’s progeny, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Gifted Lad debuts in Australia with Group 1 form back in New Zealand and a last start win over 1950m on April 15 in the mud.
He carried a hefty 69kg in that race and gets plenty of weight relief for his debut down under on Saturday.
For punters looking for more value in the VRC St Leger Stakes field and markets the best of the rest according to the bookmakers are the Danny O’Brien-trained son of Savabeel General James ($12) out in barrier 13 and coming off a distant fourth in the Galilee Series Final, and Craig Williams’ mount Cuban Fighter ($15) who won in the wet at Seymour last start over 2222m.
Check out the full VRC St Leger Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and odds in the table below.
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