St Leger Betting Tips: Lah Ti Dar Can Collect in Final Classic

Betting.org experts give the 2018 St Leger betting tips for the final Classic of the season at Doncaster on Saturday, 15 September. The John Gosden trained Lah To Dar is taken to maintain her unbeaten record and provide her handler with a fifth winner of the 1m 6f Group 1 contest. Loxley is a progressive and lightly-traced sort, so is feared most in a cracking renewal. Southern France, meanwhile, looks a lively outsider and appeals each-way. Our in-depth 2018 St Leger betting tips preview has more on this feature race.

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Odds
7/4
Selection
Lah Ti Dar
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10/1
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Loxley
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14/1
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Southern France
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Lah Ti Dar a worthy favourite for St Leger glory

Lah Ti Dar looks a worthy favourite to land the spoils in the final British Classic of the season at Doncaster on Saturday, the Group 1 St Leger for three-year-old colts and fillies run over 1m 6f at Town Moor (15:35). This John Gosden trained filly is unbeaten in three starts, winning by an aggregate of just under 6 1/2 lengths.

The beautifully bred daughter of Dubawi created a huge impression when landing a 14-runner maiden at Newbury back in April by six lengths. She then took the step up into Listed company in her stride when landing the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket, where she powered clear inside the last to beat Expressly by 3 1/4 lengths.

Injury then ruled Lah Ti Dar out of The Oaks at Epsom and she subsequently spent 109 days on the sidelines. However, she looked as good as ever on her eagerly awaited return to action at York last month when a runaway wide-margin winner of the Listed 1m 4f Galtres Stakes.

After taking up the running three from home, Lah Ti Dar cruised clear to beat Light Of Joy by 10 lengths. She won doing handsprings and the way in which she finished off the race suggested the extra two furlongs in this should hold no fears.

Lah Ti Dar also receives a handy 3lb sex allowance and – taking that into account – she comes out 1lb clear of her nearest rival, Old Persian, on official ratings. So, with even further improvement assured, she looks to hold outstanding claims of giving Gosden a fifth winner of this historic contest and is readily put up in our 2018 St Leger betting tips.

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Lots to like about progressive Loxley

Newmarket handler Charlie Appleby saddles the aforementioned Old Persian, but it’s his other runner Loxley that could well emerge as the main danger to Lah To Dar. This colt has won three of his five starts and comes into the race in terrific form, having landed back-to-back contests across the Channel in France at Deauville.

After landing a Listed race by three lengths, Loxley produced a career-best performance when showing a smart turn of foot to cosily beat Master’s Spirit in a Group 2. The Godolphin owned son of New Approach appears to be getting stronger with each outing and is clearly going the right way.

He also looks well worth a crack at the 1m 6f trip of those, judged on his staying on two-length second to Wells Farhh Go in the 1m 5f Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket’s July Festival earlier in the season. Loxley is also versatile as regard ground and is one from one under jockey James Doyle.

Another plus is that he hails from a yard on fire at present and operating at a strike rate of 33 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing. This demands more from Loxley, but he has the ideal profile for the race and looks sure to make a bold bid to land his hat-trick.

Southern France the each-way play

Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien saddles five in an attempt to win the race for a sixth time, including second-favuorite Kew Gardens. However, at the odds on offer, it’s Southern France that appeals most of the quintet as an each-way betting proposition.

This son of Galileo shaped with stacks of promise when runner-up on debut before going on to score on his next two starts. He then ran a blinder when a 4 1/2 lengths second of 12 to Kew Gardens in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot when given a poor ride and far too much to do.

Southern France was gaining all the way to the line, so in the circumstances it was a fine effort which can be upgraded. Connections then gave him a break and there was lots to like about his prep run for this in a Group 3 at The Curragh where he stayed on nicely under tender handling to finish a never nearer 2 1/4 lengths fourth to stable companion Flag Of Honour, who is favourite for the Irish St Leger on Sunday.

That run should have put Southern France spot on for the English equivalent and this big field in which a strong end-to-end gallop looks assured should play to his strengths. He therefore looks a lively outsider and capable of at least hitting the frame if ridden more positively.

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