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Buick may have chosen wrong again after naming St Leger ride

| 15.09.2012

Thought Worthy may have shortened from 10/1 to 8/1 to win the St Leger after being confirmed as the mount of William Buick, but the jockey does have a track record of picking the wrong horse.

Some punters will have clear memories of the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last month, where between two leading John Gosden runners, Buick selected Izzi Top over The Fugue.

Izzi Top could only finish sixth in the end, while Richard Hughes picked up a dream spare ride to guide The Fugue to a Group One success.

Meanwhile, back in July at Newmarket, Buick finished last on board Joviality in the Falmouth Stakes, turning down a ride on Elusive Kate in the process.

This time it was Frankie Dettori who claimed the spare ride and he eventually finished second at 25/1.

It is Dettori that will ride the supposed Gosden second string in the St Leger, with Michelangelo without a jockey after Buick’s decision to partner Thought Worthy instead.

Michelangelo is 12/1 in the St Leger odds and this may be the better bet at the prices, with Buick even conceding that there was virtually nothing between the pair based on their work at home.

Thought Worthy’s victory in the Great Voltigeur, a trial for the St Leger, was what helped Buick make his decision, with Michelangelo only third on his last start in the Gordon Stakes.

However, Michelangelo’s run did suggest that a step up in distance from 1m4f to 1m6f would be appreciated.

Furthermore, 2010 St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos finished third in the same race before heading to victory at Doncaster.

Buick said: “I know Camelot is going to be very hard to get by but both the Clarehaven runners have the ability to bustle him up and I want to be on the one that pushes him hardest and I think that’s going to be Thought Worthy.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.