Kingston Hill claims St Leger honours

Andrea Atzeni and Kingston Hill after their win in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire
Andrea Atzeni and Kingston Hill after their win in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire
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It was well worth the wait - and the anxious few days - as Kingston Hill finally had his moment of glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

All week the ‘will he, won’t he run?’ debate because of the ground potentially not being soft enough kept the favourite’s supporters on tenterhooks, but connections took the plunge and the gamble paid off as the Derby runner-up landed the final Classic of the season.

Providing jockey Andrea Atzeni and trainer Roger Varian with first domestic Classic victories, Kingston Hill was returning in triumph to the scene of his Group One success in the Racing Post Trophy in October.

Punters kept faith with Kingston Hill, sending him off the 9-4 favourite, and just as Epsom third Romsdal moved to strike for Leger specialist John Gosden, he began his charge.

Although he brushed past eventual third Snow Sky, forcing a brief stewards’ inquiry, he was a length and a quarter on top at the post.

No horse had more left than Kingston Hill, who has run in all three colts’ Classics having started his year off with an eighth in the 2000 Guineas but was making his first appearance since finishing fourth in the Eclipse at the start of July.

Varian said: “I can’t put it into words. It’s brilliant, it’s a relief and exciting. It’s an exciting thing to win a Classic and it’s what we’re all in it for.

“It’s great for the horse. We’ve had a bit of heartache with him through the year. He came good on the day and Andrea gave him a brilliant ride.”