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Main Sequence a contender in St Leger market without Camelot

| 13.09.2012

Main Sequence has already chased home Camelot once in a Classic this season, but a repeat of this may be enough to secure punters some profit in the St Leger.

Unproven over the distance of 1m6f, it is hard to back Camelot at 1/3 to win the St Leger, even if the general consensus is that he will see out the trip at Doncaster and probably win.

Main Sequence is next best in the betting at 7/1, which looks like reasonable each-way value if eight runners are confirmed on race day to ensure the first three past the post are paid out.

However, there is also a market without the favourite and punters may prefer to take the 2/1 on offer here for Main Sequence.

David Lanigan’s runner was a shade disappointing when failing to triumph in the Great Voltigeur last time, but he was arguably staying on best of all approaching the line when just failing to reel in Thought Worthy.

Trainer Lanigan feels that Main Sequence can reverse places, especially if benefiting from a faster early gallop in the St Leger.

In the Great Voltigeur, Thought Worthy ended up a reluctant leader and kept the pace very sedate early on.

Main Sequence was also running through the finishing line in the Derby when second and so both of these runs suggest that he will have no issue seeing out the extra 2f.

Lanigan may be going slightly overboard with his statement “I wouldn’t swap my horse for anything” when Camelot is in the race, but he clearly heads the pack to finish second.

As well as the doubts over Camelot’s stamina, any rain at Doncaster in the coming days would be against him, which would open the door for Main Sequence.

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.