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Gosden bidding for hat-trick

Sat, 15 September 2012

John Gosden will be attempting a Ladbrokes St Leger hat-trick when he sends Thought Worthy and Michelangelo into action with likely pacemaker Dartord at Doncaster today.

The master of Clarehaven saddled Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel to win the last two renewals of the Classic, while Thought Worthy's brother Lucarno won for the yard in 2007.

"Thought Worthy has been fine since York, where he showed he's a very game horse. He's from a family of tough staying horses," said Gosden.

"We are taking on a very fine horse in Camelot and naturally all the focus has been on him and the Triple Crown. But it takes other horses to make a race and Thought Worthy will stay the trip. Whether he can stay it fast enough is the question.

"Michelangelo has done nothing wrong in his four races. He was third in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, which is not everybody's track. He was staying on well at the end of that race and so did Arctic Cosmos before winning the Leger two years ago."

William Buick was in the difficult but privileged position of being able to choose between the leading Gosden duo, siding with Great Voltigeur winner Thought Worthy after much deliberation. Frankie Dettori rides Michelangelo.

Buick told At The Races: "Thought Worthy is the horse who won the main Leger trial, ran well in the Derby and in the King Edward at Royal Ascot, so he's the form horse. But Michelangelo has done very little wrong in his career and is lightly raced.

"They are both in good form and doing the right things at home. They'll both be 100 per cent right on the day and it's their race - I think they'll both excel on the track and at the trip.

"Michelangelo will benefit from a fair-run gallop on a flat course, and the same applies to Thought Worthy. They're stepping up in trip from a mile and a half, but I've no doubts about them staying. They are both genuine, uncomplicated horses.

"We all have Camelot to beat, he's the exceptional horse in the race. It would be nice to see (a Triple Crown winner), but we'll all be doing our best to beat him."