Leger may be next for Dee Ex Bee

17 July 2018 11:08:26 EST

Connections of Dee Ex Bee are considering going straight to Doncaster for the St Leger in September.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt finished second behind Masar in the Derby in June but has not matched that in two runs since.

He flopped in the Irish Derby at the Curragh and then could finish only third to Kew Gardens in the Grand Prix de Paris last weekend.

There is no obvious target for him between now and the St Leger.

Mark Johnston

The Yorkshire handler admits he is short on target between now and Doncaster, with fast ground seemingly not for Dee Ex Bee.

Connections are confident that 14/1 chance Dee Ex Bee will relish the longer trip come the final British Classic of the season on 15th September.

"He's come out of the race fine, but obviously it was not the result we wanted," said assistant trainer Charlie Johnston. "At declaration time on Thursday they said the ground would be good to soft, but when I got there and walked it, it was good to firm.

"As we saw in the Irish Derby, over a mile and a half on quick ground, things just happen too quick for him - he needs further on that ground. There is no obvious target for him between now and the St Leger. There's the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur, but that's another mile-and-a-half race on likely quick ground.

"Come the Leger, over further and hopefully on ground with a bit of give by then, he should be more at home."

Kew Gardens is now 7/2 for St Leger success while Irish Derby hero Latrobe is 6/1.

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