Koblenz Ideally Drawn For Stern St. Leger Test

DAVID Geall is anxiously awaiting a decision on the Million Dollar Chase as his star sprinter Koblenz goes into Saturday night's Warragul St Leger Final.

David Brasch

6 August 2021

DAVID Geall is anxiously awaiting GRNSW’s decision on the Million Dollar Chase program as his star sprinter Koblenz goes into Saturday night’s G3 Warragul St Leger (460m) final.

The son of Fernando Bale and Up Hill Jill takes on the Group 1 class final that is disguised as a Group 3 and meets a field of superstars including Qwara Bale, Shima Classic and Aston Fastnet.

Koblenz boasts a career record of 24 starts for 17 wins and is unbeaten in eight starts from boxes one, two and three. He is three for three from box two.

“Could not be better drawn,” Geall said.

“He absolutely loves the fence and his usual go is to cross sharply to the rails.

“I was very happy with his run in the heat because he was tested early but there was no way he was going to be denied the front. That is a trait of his female family.”


Geall says there are five top chances in the St Leger but he rates Qwara Bale, Aston Fastnet and Shima Classic toughest to beat.

“How can you fault Qwara Bale’s form, and Aston Fastnet will be much harder to beat off the eight box on a horseshoe track,” he said.

“But, our bloke is getting his starts so well. He is so capable of winning a Group race.”

Geall is eagerly anticipating GRNSW’s decision on the Million Dollar Chase in a Covid lockdown state.

“I want to send him to Dapto for the qualifying and if the race goes ahead with the current dates, he will need to trial at Dapto as soon as possible,” Geall said.

“But we will have to wait and see what decision is made.

“There is also the heats of the Cranbourne Classic coming up next Friday night and he just scrapes into that age series.”

Geall’s Group 1 Maturity runner-up Fernando Mick has drawn box eight and is hot favourite for Saturday night’s Simon Benson Memorial final (460m).

“He loves it out wide,” Geall said. “He’s always a risk off an inside draw because he has perfect his habit of missing the start between half and one and a half lengths.

“But from Saturday night’s wide draw he will get his chance to rush up down the outside.

“He’s racing very well and his confidence level at the moment is very high.”