PUNTERS will be wiping away their tears after it was revealed brilliant York winner Lah Ti Dar is a doubt for the St Leger.
Connections of the star three-year-old are favouring a trip to the Arc rather than a tilt at the Doncaster Classic.
Following a very impressive victory on the Knavesmire last week in the Galtres Stakes, jockey Frankie Dettori implied the St Leger was the most likely next stop for his unbeaten mount.
However, connections are now looking at a possible tilt at the Prix Vermeille, the traditional Arc trial for fillies, before taking on the boys in the big one.
If going down the Arc route, the unbeaten three-year-old would likely lock horns with last week’s impressive Group 1 winner Sea Of Class, who waltzed away from some top fillies in the Yorkshire Oaks.
The decision is likely to be a painful one for regular rider Dettori, who now has to choose whether he wants to ride last year’s Arc winner Enable, or stick with the one-time Oaks favourite.
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It’s also a painful decision for punters, who’ll be licking their wounds after they made Lah Ti Dar the 2-1 favourite for the St Leger following last week’s Galtres romp.
Simon Marsh, racing manager to owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, told the Racing Post: “Lah Ti Dar has come out of the race very well and is absolutely fine, but while she’ll be left in both the Leger and the Vermeille we’re leaning towards the Vermeille.
“If we were to go for the Vermeille, we would then look at running her in the Arc.
“I’m not discounting the St Leger and we’ll take a close look at both races. I think Lah Ti Dar will stay the Leger trip, and I don’t think her inexperience would stop her from running very well, but it is still a big ask of a three-year-old filly to get nearly two miles.”
Marsh certainly wasn’t the punters’ pal on Tuesday evening, as he also revealed the news that impressive debut winner Too Darn Hot is unlikely to take his chance in the Solario Stakes on Saturday.
The two-year-old was scintillating on his first start at the Esher track last month, and the market made him the red-hot favourite for Saturday’s Group 3 after he was left in the race at Monday’s five-day stage.
Marsh continued: “He’s trained very well since his debut win and John is very happy with him, but there’s a possibility we might wait instead for a novice race at Ascot on Saturday week.”