St. Leger Stakes

The St. Leger Stakes is the last of the Group One Classics run in England every year. The St. Leger Stakes is also the last race in the Triple Crowns for both fillies and colts, and traditionally draws a field of late maturing 3-year old runners.

Run at Doncaster Racecourse in September, the St. Leger Stakes is open to 3-year old thoroughbred colts and fillies. The race is run over a distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards, making it the longest of the Classics.

St. Leger Stakes Betting

Over the last couple of decades the St Leger has lost some of its classy veneer, and now rarely attracts the star 3-year-olds of the current season. The long distance can humble those star entries that do take the trip to Doncaster and wins by the antepost favourite are rare.

Winners will often not have won a Group 1 race prior to the St Leger, and many won’t even have run over distances greater than 10-12 furlongs in their careers. While it sounds like a tough race to untangle, the trick is to look out for a horse that has won a Group race and also travelled over 15f or greater in its career – as this is a huge advantage in this race (and will usually see the horse start as a favourite).

If this is not the case then a lay bet on the favourite will have given you a return more often than not in the last decade, and you can also look at taking a gamble on entries priced in the 10/1 to 25/1 price range.

St. Leger Stakes Odds

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Doncaster - 15:15
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Aljamaaheer7/4
Gregorian7/2
Ansgar5
Es Que Love13/2
Cable Bay15/2
Professor14
Penitent25

St. Leger Stakes Winners

The season’s final Classic dates back to 1776 when a 25-Guinea sweepstakes was first hosted at Cantley Common by Charles Watson-Wentworth, the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham. The race only acquired its name during the 1778 meeting when the Marquis decided to name the race after his friend Lieutenant Colonel Anthony St. Leger.

The St. Leger has had something of a nomadic past. The race was run at Newmarket in the early 1900s before being moved to Thirsk during the Second World War. During the war the race was also run in Manchester and York before moving back to Doncaster in 1946.

A number of thoroughbred racehorses have made names for themselves at the St. Leger Stakes by winning the race to capture the Triple Crown. Nijinsky is one of the most famous St. Leger Stakes winners, capturing the Triple Crown in 1970 as part of a clean sweep of the Classics for colts.

In recent years Aidan O’Brien and Saeed bin Surroor have emerged as the two most successful trainers of St. Leger Stakes winners. The two trainers have won six of the St. Leger Stakes races run during the last decade.

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