Knowledge has Leger in sights
Excess Knowledge is the new favourite for the St Leger after it was confirmed that Telescope would miss the Classic.
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Sir Michael Stoute's Telescope was a general favourite for the final Classic of the season despite the fact that connections would have had to supplement him for the race.
On Thursday, Harry Herbert, of owners' Highclere, confirmed that the three-year-old would not be aimed at Doncaster nor the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but would, instead, be targeted at the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot in October.
Coral cut him to 8/1 (from 12s) for that contest but his absence from Doncaster has had a more significant effect on the Leger market.
The announcement co-incided with the latest confirmation stage for the Leger and 19 runners remain in contention for the staying crown.
They are headed by Excess Knowledge who was an unlucky second in the Gordon Stakes last time, while trainer John Gosden could also be represented by Feel Like Dancing.
Excess Knowledge is 4/1 favourite with Coral but sportingbet have him in at 6/1 and he doesn't lead the market with every firm.
Race sponsors Ladbrokes have installed Leading Light as their 4/1 market leader and he is one of four horses from Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien's yard.
O'Brien is also responsible for Foundry (8/1 from 10s on Thursday), who returned from a 290-day absence to finish second, beaten a length and a quarter by Telescope in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, a recognised trial for the Leger.
Foundry was a 25/1 chance with William Hill last week and their Jon Ivan Duke revealed: "The market was very quiet as we awaited news about Telescope, but now punters are certain he will not run, there has been a flurry of money for Foundry. It was an impressive step-up on only his second start and there could well be more to come."
A strong Irish challenge could also include the David Wachman-trained Galileo Rock (6/1, sportingbet, Stan James but Boylesport's outright 4/1 favourite) who has been placed in two Classics already. He was third in the Derby at Epsom in June and then second in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh four weeks later.
There is one final chance for horses to be added to the field on Monday, September 9, when there is a £45,000 supplementary entry stage.