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Johnston targets St Leger for Nayef Road

1st August 2019, 18:51 by Jack Ogalbe

Mark Johnston says the St Leger will be the goal for Nayef Road after Thursday's Gordon Stakes victory.

The Middleham trained 50 winners in July and his golden touch continued into August as the three-year-old shone at Glorious Goodwood.

Technician and Floating Artist showed early signs of challenging but class shone through as Silvestre de Sousa guided his ride home ahead of Constantinople and Spanish Mission.

Thursday's Group 3 success signalled a return to form for this son of Galileo and connections are already looking ahead.

Johnston, who with this success edged ahead of Sir Michael Stoute with his 81st Glorious Goodwood victory, admitted the Great Voltigeur could be an option.

However, a trip to Doncaster for the St Leger on September 14 will be the main goal for the remainder of the season.

He said: "That's got to be the target (Leger). It is just whether we run between now and then, and that is what we have just been discussing with Bruce (Raymond, owner's racing manager).

"We will keep an open mind on that. We clearly think he is better over further, so the Voltigeur is a possibility, but it is not written in stone and he could go straight to the Leger."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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