Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3.
"...This race looks tailor-made for him..."
Timeform on Hukum
1. Berkshire Rocco (Andrew Balding/Andrea Atzeni)
Smart performer who filled the runner-up spot in both the Derby Trial at Lingfield and Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, before finishing four lengths fourth to Pyledriver in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last time. Return to this longer trip will suit and he should continue to give a good account.
2. Dawn Patrol (Aidan O'Brien/Padraig Beggy)
Showed much improved form when an eye-catching third to Santiago in the Irish Derby at the Curragh in June (stormed home having been stopped in his tracks at a vital stage) and made the most of a good opportunity when opening his account in a maiden at Naas in July. Was a bit disappointing when failing to land the odds in a listed event at Leopardstown last time, having no problem with the longer trip but not looking the most straightforward. Needs to improve.
3. English King (NON-RUNNER)
4. Galileo Chrome (Joseph O'Brien/TBC)
Progressive colt who has won all three starts this season, including a heavy-ground listed event at Navan last time, where he seemed to relish the step up to a mile and five furlongs and drew five lengths clear. The manner in which he loomed up two furlongs out and forged clear in the closing stages marks him down as a colt to be positive about and he commands respect.
5. Hukum (Owen Burrows/Jim Crowley)
Lightly-raced colt who has quickly developed into a very smart performer this season, making a winning return in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, which is always one of the most competitive three-year-old handicaps of the year. He then improved another chunk to follow up in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, winning by two and a half lengths after powering clear inside the final furlong. That performance marked him down as a horse capable of making an impact at Group 1 level and this race looks tailor-made for him. Leading contender.
6. Mohican Heights (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer)
Won both starts as a juvenile last season, including a listed race at Salisbury, and shaped with promise when four lengths third to Pyledriver on his reappearance in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, doing his best work at the finish having been held up off a muddling gallop. Failed to make an impact in the Derby and needs to show significant improvement, though he should appreciate this step up in trip.
7. Mythical (Aidan O'Brien/Emmet McNamara)
Signed off with a good third in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on his final start as a juvenile, but made no impression on his first two outings this season, including in the Derby. Got back on track when third in the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown last time but this is much tougher and he will need to find significant improvement.
8. Pyledriver (William Muir/Martin Dwyer)
Likeable type who sprang a surprise when winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and put his Derby flop behind him when producing a career best to win the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York by three and a half lengths under a penalty last time. Sets the standard on that form and will be a danger to all if staying, which is the big question as he is a strong traveller with a good turn of foot.
9. Santiago (Aidan O'Brien/Frankie Dettori)
Proved his stamina for this trip when winning the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot on his reappearance and then followed up in the Irish Derby at the Curragh just eight days later, proving very game in the finish. Came up short when third to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup last time, but he wasn't disgraced there and holds solid claims for a trainer with a superb record in the race.
10. Subjectivist (Mark Johnston/ Joe Fanning)
Had a busy campaign as a two-year-old but has kicked on again this season, developing into a smart performer. Was well held behind Pyledriver when seventh in the Great Voltigeur Stakes but resumed his progress with a dominant success in the March Stakes at Goodwood last time, scoring by 15 lengths and relishing the extra emphasis on stamina. Will be suited by this test and has place claims.
11. Sunchart (Andrew Slattery/Andrew Slattery)
Ran right up to his best when half a length second to subsequent Park Hill Stakes winner Pista in a listed race at Leopardstown last time, looking set to score before being collared close home (Dawn Patrol was in third). Proved well suited by the longer trip but has plenty to find on form with the principals.
12. Tyson Fury (Richard Spencer/Kieran Shoemark)
Came from a long way back and overcame inexperience to make a winning start here in July, beating a couple of rivals who have since proved themselves to be useful. That was a promising introduction but this is a very tall order on just his second start.
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Timeform's St Leger Analyst Verdict:
An interesting renewal of the final classic of the season and the highly-progressive Hukum gets the vote. He looked a bona-fide Group 1 performer in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury and this test should suit. Pyledriver defied a penalty in great style in the Great Voltigeur at York and is a big danger, while Irish Derby winner Santiago holds solid claims for a yard that has won this six times.