Sir Ron Priestley's runner-up finish in the St Leger is set to be his final run of 2019 with a staying campaign next summer the plan.
The three-year-old colt has won five of his seven races in 2019 and pushed the unbeaten Logician all the way when claiming second place in the final Classic of the season at Doncaster on September 14.
Sir Ron Priestley will now be kept under wraps with the Mark Johnston-trained son of Australia being backed for success on his seasonal return next year.
Charlie Johnston, son and assistant trainer, said: "We were very pleased with Sir Ron Priestley, because we always thought he would be performing at this sort of level at the start of the season.
"We went to Royal Ascot thinking he was one of our bankers. But he completely flopped, and it was back to the drawing board, and entries in big races looked fanciful.
"His Haydock and Goodwood wins put him back on track, and he fulfilled everything we hoped he would be.
"He has been a very good staying three-year-old up to a mile and three-quarters, and we hope he will stay that bit further and be a cup horse next season. I'd say he would be unlikely to run again this season."
Article Posted on Monday 23rd September 2019 @ 08.02
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