Andrea Atzeni, otherwise known as the King of Doncaster, steps foot into South Yorkshire as the St Leger festival kicks off at Doncaster today.
The 27-year-old has been snapped up by Richard Hannon to ride the Middleham Park Racing owned Raymond Tusk, who is a current 14-1 chance for Saturday’s feature.
The owners came close to capturing the St Leger in 2016 when Ventura Storm – also trained by Hannon led close home, only to be caught by Harbour Law who swept on by and won by just under a length.
Raymond Tusk emulated Ventura Storm by winning the Glasgow Stakes – a listed contest at Hamilton in July. He then only found leading Melbourne Cup contender and Godolphin trained Hamada too good in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes last month.
Middleham Park Racing feel they have unfinished business with the Doncaster highlight and have picked the perfect man for the job. Few jockeys have a better race record at Doncaster than Atzeni.