John Gosden has an enviable recent record in the Ladbrokes St Leger, having trained the winner of three of the last six - Lucarno in 2007, Arctic Cosmos in 2010 and Masked Marvel in 2011.
This year he has two contenders with Excess Knowledge and Feel Like Dancing.
Excess Knowledge is forging a similar path to Arctic Cosmos, who was also beaten in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood before winning well on Town Moor.
Excess Knowledge was eye-catching at Goodwood where he didn’t really handle the camber and the quirky nature of the track, going down narrowly to fellow rival Cap O’Rushes and leaving the feeling that, over time, he would definitely develop into the better of the duo.
Feel Like Dancing won the Bahrain Trophy on Newmarket’s July Course, a nice trial for this race as it is run over just a furlong short of the mile-six trip. He looks a very hardy horse, and the application of cheek pieces in his last two starts has been the making of him.
The Irish contingent is headed by The Aidan O’Brien-trained Leading Light, who got the better of Feel Like Dancing at Royal Ascot in the Queens Vase.
The colt is a very strong stayer indeed so the trip isn’t a concern whatsoever; the only worry that might go against him is a lack of a gear change. They will go a good gallop and if you look back at past renewals, the winner needs to quicken at the end of this marathon trip.
Galileo Rock is a slightly doubtful runner because of the ground, but his form in the English and Irish Derby is rock solid.
Aiden O’Brien doesn’t just have Leading Light with a chance in the big race but also Foundry, who ran a brilliant race at York last time off the back of a big absence.
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