St Leger Second Sir Ron Priestley To Miss The Rest Of The Season

Sir Ron Priestley

The Mark Johnston trained Sir Ron Priestley is very unlikely to be seen on the track this season with the St Leger runner up picking up an injury.

The four year old has not been seen since he stayed on best of the rest for second in the Group One St Leger at Doncaster.

He was set for a big four year old campaign having been highly progressive last term, landing five of his first six starts for Mark Johnston with the defeat to Logician being one of his only defeats.

The son of Australia was set to race down under having been bought, but the deal for the colt fell through and after that he suffered an injury that has seen him off the track for nearly a year.

(Credit ATR) Johnston said: “He’s injured, but that isn’t why the sale fell through.

“Everything was in place for him to be sold to Australia, but then one of the people buying him pulled out. He’d passed the vet.

“Unfortunately he then got injured, and it’s unlikely he’ll be back this season – if he is, it will be right at the back end.

“We’ll probably just give him time and treat him as a horse for the Cup races next season.”