Favourite unseated in Classic

Harbour Law makes history in St Leger

st-leger-harbour-lawHarbour Law, a 22/1 outsider won a memorable St Leger after the hot favourite Idaho unseated jockey Seamus Heffernan.

It was the first Classic win for jockey George Baker and for trainer Laura Mongan, the woman to win the world’s oldest classic, run over 1m 6f at Doncaster.

It was also the first winner of the race trained at Epsom since 1969. The horse cost just £30,000.

Harbour Law snatched victory from 14/1 shot Ventura Storm with Houses of Parliament 7/1 in third. Nine ran.

Victory came in extraordinary circumstances as the Aidan O’Brien trained Idaho, priced at 4-6, stumbled four furlongs from the finish and ejected the rider.

Idaho came in to the race a strong favourite after winning the Great Voltigeur at York, a traditional test for Leger winners.

Ian Mongan said: “I can’t get my head round the fact we’ve won the St Leger and a Classic. We have horses rated 55 but he’s the easiest to train.”

Last year’s winner Simple Verse was relegated to runner-up after stewards’ inquiry only to be reinstated six weeks later.


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