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Top celebrity divorce lawyer set to face rare defeat

| 11.09.2013

Raymond Tooth is no stranger to winning high-profile divorce cases, representing the wives of male celebrities, with Irina Abramovich, Cheryl Barrymore and Sadie Frost among his clients.

Meanwhile, success on the racecourse has also been enjoyed previously, with Tooth owning 2009 Champion Hurdle victor Punjabi and French Group 1 winner French Fifteen, who then went on to finish second in the 2,000 Guineas last year behind Camelot.

However, this is as close as he has come to a victory in one of the English Classics, but he has another opportunity to succeed in this particular field when Great Hall lines up in the St Leger.

Unfortunately, he looks to be facing a losing battle this time and it is hard to get overly excited about Great Hall’s St Leger price of 25/1, even from an each-way viewpoint.

Firstly, there is no horse with a lower Official Rating (98) or Racing Post Rating (115) in the field and 119 has been the lowest RPR of any of the St Leger winners of the last decade.

Secondly, Great Hall has never previously competed out of handicap company and his lack of Group-level experience is far from ideal.

Eight of the last 10 St Legers arrived having won a Group race and the two exceptions had at least finished second in one.

Thirdly, all of these winners were not only successful on their racecourse debuts, but these maiden victories were over a distance no shorter than 7f.

Great Hall was only seventh of 10 on his debut, with the only crumb of comfort coming from the fact that the winner was Havana Beat, who is also running in the St Leger.

The only other slight positives that can be clutched are that Kieren Fallon will be on board at Doncaster, who rode Great Hall to victory last time and needs to win the St Leger to complete his own English Classics set.

Meanwhile, unlike many of the other entrants, Great Hall has experience of the 1m6f trip, having won over the distance on his last start.

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

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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.