Doyle has high hopes for Red Verdon

James Doyle is excited about the prospects of Red Verdon providing the jockey with a first British Classic winner in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

Red Verdon: Will be ridden by James Doyle

With his employers Godolphin not set to be represented this year, the 28-year-old Doyle has been snapped up by trainer Ed Dunlop to ride the Lemon Drop Kid colt – a 10-1 chance with the race sponsors – for the first time.

Red Verdon finished sixth in the Epsom Derby and fourth in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, and then found only Mont Ormel too good in the Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud.

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Doyle said: "I've sat on him a couple of times and his work has been good.

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"He's quite a laid-back type and I don't think he would overdo himself at home. Still, his work has been very nice.

"His form ties in quite well and he has ran some pretty remarkable races. I'm looking forward to riding him.

"I've not ridden in all the Classics this year and it's all about being in the Group One races and the Classic races, so it is nice to get a ride in it."

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