11 September – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action, we take a look at the subjects that are expected to dominate the racing headlines.

From the history makers bidding to be crowned Ladbrokes St Leger champion at Doncaster to Golden Horn bidding to get back to winning ways, here are our 5 talking points ahead of the weekend.


Is Emotionless a Classic contender in the making?

An impressive winner first time out for trainer Charlie Appleby, Emotionless will be looking to show that he could be a Classic contender next year with victory in the Group 2 At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

The form of his debut is starting to stack up well, with stable mate Venturous – who was five lengths back on debut – winning nicely on Town Moor earlier this week.

The hopes are that he could be one to keep an eye on for the remainder of the year before an exciting Classic campaign in 2016. He is currently 20/1 for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.


Will Storm The Stars enter St Leger history?

Storm The Stars could be undone by the fact that he has had a hard season this year. The Ladbrokes St Leger will be his ninth race of the season, after running in the Investec Derby at Epsom, French Derby and Irish Derby.

But, for all that his ultra-consistent performances deserve British Classic glory, there is also an intriguing angle for connections.

This renewals marks 45 years since the great Triple Crown champion Nijinsky won the St Leger. Ridden by Lester Piggott, his daughter Maureen is now married to William Haggas – the trainer of Storm The Stars.

Will he become a Classic champion?


Can Simple Verse become the first St Leger heroine since 1992?

At a cost of £50,000, Simple Verse’s connections supplemented her for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Ralph Beckett’s filly will bid to become the first filly to win the Classic since Clive Brittain’s User Friendly in 1992 – and the Hampshire-based trainer has come mighty close in his training career.

2013 Investec Oaks winner Talent, trained by Beckett, only found the eventual Gold Cup hero Leading Light too good two seasons ago.

The Glorious Goodwood winner is an intriguing contender this weekend.


Will Golden Horn get back to winning ways across the Irish Sea?

Investec Derby and Coral-Eclipse champion Golden Horn suffered a blip in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York last month, but he will bid to get his career back on track in Ireland ahead of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and possibly on QIPCO British Champions Day.

The three-year-old is due to run in the Irish Champions Stakes at Leopardstown for trainer John Gosden – but conditions may be against him.


Is Treve still a monster?

Two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve will look to showcase she’s still got what it takes in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.

Criquette Head-Maarek’s star will be facing Juddmonte International Stakes star Arabian Queen and Champions Day-bound Beautiful Romance in France.