Classic dream for Ventura team
Connections of the Richard Hannon-trained Ventura Storm are dreaming of Classic success in next month's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
Ventura Storm: Has the St Leger on his agenda
A Middleham Park Racing syndicate has yet to win a Classic but in Ventura Storm the organisation, which has its headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber, looks to have an ideal candidate for the final Classic of the season on September 10.
The three-year-old son of Zoffany has benefited from positive tactics and a step up in distance on his last two starts, staying on strongly to win the 11-furlong Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton in July before a decisive victory in the Group Three Prix de Reux over an extended 12 furlongs at Deauville.
Tim Palin, spokesman for Middleham Park Racing whose syndicates have enjoyed over 800 successes, reported: "Ventura Storm has come out of France fine and the Ladbrokes St Leger is very much under consideration.
"It is our owners' dream to win a Classic. We have had two Group One winners and had runners in Classics but we have never won one – it is on our bucket list of things to do.
"We will watch all the St Leger trials and see who is going for it and who isn't. We will also look at bookmaker reaction as I think we are 14/1 in places at the moment.
"The step up in trip and positive tactics seem to have been the making of him. I suppose the hint was there when he won the Feilden Stakes [Newmarket, April] because he stalked the leader that day and pressed on from two out. That looks to be the best way to ride him.
"The extended 12 furlongs suited him at Deauville and I think the further he goes, the better he will go."
Ventura Storm is a 33/1 chance with Sky Bet for the Ladbrokes St Leger, the world's oldest Classic, which takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards. The Leger picture should become clearer next week, following the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
The next scratchings deadline for the St Leger is at noon on Tuesday, August 23.