Tyson Fury (the horse) needs St Leger miracle

Tyson Fury performed a miracle when he climbed off the canvas against Deontay Wilder back in 2018, and his equine namesake needs something similar in the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday

Tyson Fury the horse faces his biggest test in the final Classic of the English horse racing season.

Trained by Richard Spencer and with Kieran Shoemark booked to ride, Tyson Fury is Sky Bet’s 66/1 outsider of the 12-horse field declared on Thursday.

The son of Iffraaj has had just one run in his life so far, also at Doncaster, in July. Then he caused something of a surprise by winning a novice stakes event at odds of 20/1.

Now he makes the massive step up to Group 1 level, and Shoemark is hopeful he will run better than his big price suggests.

He told The Mirror: “He couldn’t have done it any better on his debut run. His work at home has been good since.

“It’s a big step up for him. The trip shouldn’t be a problem, as he wasn’t stopping last time.

“Hopefully we see a natural progression on Saturday.”

Pyledriver is the 9/4 favourite to win the UK’s oldest Classic race, which will be run over one mile and six furlongs on Doncaster’s Town Moor track.

Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago – the mount of Frankie Dettori – is currently second favourite at 5/2. The race starts at 1535 local time on Saturday.