Former ‘Hooligan’ Muntahaa settles into Leger frame

Muntahaa won the Listed Chester Stakes on Saturday

PICTURE: Mark Cranham ( 'Hooligan' Muntahaa settles into Leger frame By Graham Dench 2:00PM 21 AUG 2016

MUNTAHAA is firmly in the Ladbrokes St Leger picture following Saturday's Listed handicap success at Chester, although racing manager Angus Gold warns that his participation has not yet been confirmed by owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.

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The Dansili colt is 8-1 second favourite with the sponsor in a market dominated by Great Voltigeur winner Idaho, and if given the go-ahead he will be bidding to give John Gosden a fourth win in the race in ten years, following success with Lucarno, Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel.

Gold said: "I like the application, and he's a horse who is very much going the right way. It's an obvious step for a horse like him and I hope he will be there, although I haven't spoken to Sheikh Hamdan yet.

"He's a horse who has improved and improved, mentally as much as physically, throughout the year. He was a bit of a hooligan early on, but he's settled down well now and had to tough it out at Chester, which was good.

"I suppose if you were to think he had a real chance in the St Leger you would have liked him to have gone on and won by four lengths, which he didn't. But I gather Graham Lee said the shock of the noise of the crowd rather took his concentration away."

Idaho is as short as 5-4 and no bigger than 7-4 following last week's impressive win in York's Great Voltigeur Stakes.

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