De Sousa goes down for Storm
Silvestre de Sousa is set to seek his first British Classic success aboard Ventura Storm in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday week.
Silvestre de Sousa will ride Ventura Storm
The champion jockey has been booked for the Richard Hannon-trained colt, who has been switched to Town Moor after a dirty scope forced him to miss the Grand Prix de Deauville at the weekend.
Ventura Storm's form has improved the further he has travelled and connections believe the son of Zoffany colt could find even more over the extended mile and three-quarters of the world's oldest Classic.
"Last Thursday, two hours before he was due to get in the horse box for Deauville they routine scoped him and it was a tiny bit dirty so we couldn't send him," said Tim Palin, syndicate manager for owners Middleham Park Racing.
"Richard Hannon is confident he'll be fine for the St Leger so now it's full steam ahead for Doncaster and Silvestre has kindly agreed to take the mount.
"We think he'll get the trip. He ground the opposition into submission in the Glasgow Stakes over a mile-three at Hamilton and did the same over a mile and four and a half furlongs at Deauville (Prix de Reux).
"He quickened up well there and stayed on well all the way to the line.
"We've always thought he was a Group horse and the further he's gone, the better he's gone. We think stepping up another two furlongs will help him to improve further.
"It might be a blessing in disguise we had to miss Deauville as that forced our hand to go for the Leger."
Harbour Law will be Laura Mongan's first runner in a Classic as the Epsom handler bids to become the first female trainer to lift the St Leger.
The son of Lawman has showed himself to be a smart young stayer, finishing second in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and fourth in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket's July meeting.
"I think we have done the right thing by not running Harbour Law between Newmarket and the St Leger," she said.
"It has freshened him up and he did a nice piece of work around Kempton last week, so he is good to go.
"He ran well at Newmarket considering the drop back in trip probably wasn't ideal for him. The St Leger distance will be more suitable and I think he is worthy of going there.
"It does look an open race and, while there is no doubt he will have to put in a real good performance to get involved, we think he is capable of doing so.
"We are not going there just to make up the numbers."
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