09/13/2008 12:00AM

Conduit gives Stoute first St Leger


Well, he finally got there. After 25 runners and more than three decades of trying, Sir Michael Stoute won his first St Leger as Conduit scored by three lengths under Frankie Dettori to take the final classic of the British season at Doncaster on Saturday.

An 8-1 chance, Conduit was the second choice of three runners for the stable, with stable jockey Ryan Moore choosing to ride Doctor Fremantle.

Frozen Fire, Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby winner, was sent off the 9-4 favorite, but never threatened to land a blow from the rear of the field.

Conduit was also held up, but made smooth headway in the straight to the hit the front 2 1/2 furlongs out, under a confident ride from Dettori. The colt did hang right under pressure in the final furlong, but was well in command at the time.

Unsung Heroine, unbeaten in her two previous starts, stayed on to take second, with Oaks winner Look Here finishing third on her first start since that win. Longtime leader Hindu Kush battled bravely in the final stages on to take fourth.

Not surprisingly, Stoute was elated at Conduit's win

"It's a great thrill and a great relief," he said. "I thought it was a very strong Leger. He'd had a good preparation and we were very hopeful."

Unsung Heroine could be heading to California for next month's Breeders' Cup, according to Fozzy Stack, assistant to his father, Tommy Stack.

"We'll see how she is as regards another run this season," he said after the race, "and if she has one it could be in the Breeders' Cup Marathon."