THERE were no defections at the 48-hour declaration stage for Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger with all eight entries standing their ground.
That leaves Aidan O’Brien with three in the race having declared Bondi Beach, Fields Of Athenry and Order Of St George, who was last seen winning a trial for the Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
William Haggas’ Storm The Stars has been fancied for this ever since chasing home the John Gosden duo of Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs in the Derby at Epsom in June.
He gained an overdue success in the Great Voltigeur at York, narrowly beating Bondi Beach, and will aim to give jockey Pat Cosgrave a first Classic victory.
Ralph Beckett and Qatar Racing took the step to supplement Simple Verse earlier in the week and she will aim to become the first filly to come out on top since User Friendly in 1992.
David Brown’s Medrano will have Fergal Lynch back in the saddle, Richard Hannon runs Proposed with Pat Dobbs on board, while there is a sole challenger from France, the Mikel Delzangles-trained Vengeur Masque.
Delzangles has already tasted British Classic glory before, when Makfi won the 2000 Guineas in 2010.