Doncaster St Leger Tips: Oldest Classic up for Interpretation

Who can beat red-hot favourite Hurricane Lane in Saturday's St Leger at Doncaster? Planet Sport experts have found an each-way alternative who could surprise at big odds.

The prospect of backing Hurricane Lane at odds-on for Saturday's Classic hardly gets the punting juices flowing, and we wouldn't blame anyone for sitting the race out with more attractive betting options on the card.

That Charlie Appleby's colt is the class horse in the field is not open to question and his form lines - third in the Derby despite losing two shoes and two subsequent Group 1 successes - tell you all you need to know about that.

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But if there is any chink in his armour it's his ability to stay the St Leger trip of 1m6f, which has to be taken on trust.

His trainer reckons it won't be a problem for him...

"Stepping up in trip is the big question for all of the runners, but in his case, I think he will stay the extra two furlongs," he said this week.

"He goes into the Leger with rock-solid form. He's only been beaten once when he finished third in the Derby and lost two shoes. We feel there's enough evidence there to say he will stay and he's the class horse in the field," he added.

Charlie Appleby thinks Hurricane Lane will stay the St Leger trip
Charlie Appleby thinks Hurricane Lane will stay the St Leger trip

He may well be right but the horse is blessed with a good turn of foot, as opposed to being an out-and-out galloper, and he's getting "quicker" according to Appleby.

"Hurricane Lane keeps getting quicker. In Ireland he showed a bit of a turn of foot. And then today, I know the ground is slow today but it's quite a quick track. You run downhill and then the straight is dead flat, there's no rise in it," he said in the winners' enclosure at Longchamp in July.

We might be clutching at straws but it's no given that his stamina will last out and one trainer who will make sure this is a proper test is Aidan O'Brien, who could be mob-handed on Saturday.

His High Definition is rated the best of the lot, according to the current betting, but he's easily opposed having let down favourite backers on all three of his starts this term, and we're not prepared to give him another chance here at single-figure odds.

On the other hand, his stablemate Interpretation makes plenty of appeal at around the 20/1 mark at the time of writing, with his ability to see out the trip already proven.

Granted his form is nothing to get too excited about, but he's won all three starts as a three-year-old and looked a strong stayer when making all under Ryan Moore at Leopardstown last time.

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With further improvement likely after just four career starts, another personal best on Town Moor wouldn't surprise and he's certainly in the right hands in that respect.

He's around four times the price of Ottoman Empire, whose half length defeat of Sir Lucan (another O'Brien inmate) at Goodwood hardly sets the pulse racing, and three times the price of Mojo Star, the surprise Derby runner-up who is coming off a penalty kick in a Lingfield maiden.

Both those horses have their stamina to prove too, so backing Interpretation each-way to small stakes at Planet Sport Bet here looks the way to go if having a bet.

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