Roxholme Kristof, 1-4 to win tonight’s Leger semi final, and 4-6 to take the competition, suffered a minor injury setback when winning his heat but is not reckoned to be inconvenienced going into tonight’s semi finals.
Kennel spokesman Mark Keightley said: “We have some good equipment here and suspected a slight problem in a shoulder. We took Kristof to George Drake on Saturday, who confirmed it.
“It was nothing serious and was worked on. The only negative was that Hayley wasn’t keen to gallop him on Monday, as she was planning. It isn’t something that is carried out with every dog, but on balance, she felt it wasn’t worth taking the risk. Kristof is 100% fit and ready to go and I honestly don’t think missing one gallop will make a huge amount of difference to his chances.”
Latest betting on the Leger:
1st semi: 1-4 Roxholme Kristof, 13-2 Blue Tick George, 14-1 Stardom, Sheldan, 25-1 Savana Sharky, Greenhill Jack
2nd semi: 4-9 Aayamza Royale, 6-1 Salacres Pippy, 15-2 Deadly Do Lago, 8-1 Ava Storm, 10-1 Greenhill Dee, 40-1 Savana Cleo
3rd semi: 8-11 Smallmead, 9-2 Micks Little Gem, 6-1 Piemans Noelle, 6-1 Ballydoyle Bee, 13-2 Beechgrove Bell
Latest betting on the Birmingham Cup:
1st semi: 6-5 Gonzo, 2-1 Levante Beach, 5-1 Winetavern Curly, 10-1 Ardralla Jim, 12-1 Wingman, 12-1 Castell Stevie
2nd semi: 15-8 Blackstone Milo, 5-2 Droopys Carat, 4-1 Bockos Boss, 11-2 Pinpoint Reef, 7-1 Dolla Wisecrack