St Leger

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The St Leger Stakes is the oldest and the last of the five Classic races to be run in Britain each season.

St Leger takes place on Saturday 16th September 2023.

It has a rich history dating back to 1776 and once held greater significance as the final leg of the Triple Crown after the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby.

Nijinsky (1970) was the last horse to win all three races.

Her Majesty The Queen famously won the St Leger with the filly Dunfermline in 1977 while other notable winners include Never Say Die (1954), Oh So Sharp (1985) and Reference Point (1987).

St Leger

The Race

The St Leger takes place at Doncaster racecourse in September over one and three-quarter miles.

The going can ride soft this late in the season so the emphasis is on stamina.

It is a much stiffer test than the mile and a half Epsom Derby and is more suited to future Gold Cup horses.

Famous St Leger Winners & History

The St Leger Stakes was created as the first British Classic in 1776 and the first Derby winner to succeed here was Champion in 1800.

The distance was cut from two miles to a mile and three-quarters in 1813 with West Australian completing the English Triple Crown in 1853.

Rather like the Derby, it has leant its name to other Classic races around the world including the Irish St Leger and the St Leger Italiano.

Other Triple Crown winners include Ormonde (1886), Flying Fox (1899) and Gainsborough (1918).

Nijinsky became the fifteenth horse to win the Triple Crown in 1970 but the breeding industry has put the emphasis on speed over stamina in modern times.

The last horse to attempt the Triple Crown was Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot in 2012 but he was agonisingly beaten by Encke.

The St Leger Stakes is also the final leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown after the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks. Nine fillies have won all three races, the last of which was Sir Henry Cecil’s Oh So Sharp in 1985. Other notable winners of the fillies’ Triple Crown include Sceptre (1902), Pretty Polly (1904) and Sun Chariot (1942).

Derby winner Never Say Die won by a record margin of 12 lengths in 1954. The colt had been the first American-bred winner of the Epsom Classic when ridden to a 33-1 success by eighteen-year-old Lester Piggott. A lengthy ban incurred at Royal Ascot meant that Piggott was replaced by Charlie Smirke at Doncaster.

Piggott rode a total of eight St Leger winners and thirty British Classics. His last St Leger win came aboard Commanche Run for Luca Cumani in 1984. It was his 28th Classic which set a new record and only came about after he had replaced stable jockey Darrell McHargue.

Key St Leger Trials

The Great Voltigeur Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival is the most significant St Leger trial. Eight of the last eighteen winners took part in that race. Rule Of Law (2004), Lucarno (2007) and Logician (2019) won both races.

The Gordon Stakes at Goodwood has also produced St Leger winners including Millenary (2000), Sixties Icon (2006) and Conduit (2008).

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Favourites have a mixed recent record in the St Leger with four winners in the past twelve renewals. Logician (2019) returned odds-on at 5-6 while Leading Light (2013), Kingston Hill (2014) and Capri (2017) were all market leaders.

There have also been some shock results here, notably when 25-1 shot Encke thwarted Camelot’s Triple Crown bid in 2012. Harbour Law (2016) was a 22-1 outsider when winning for Laura Mongan and George Baker.

Ability to stay the distance is often an unknown factor here so shock results are always a possibility.

St Leger Stats

  • Stamina is the key factor for the St Leger Stakes and thirteen of the last eighteen winners had winning form over eleven furlongs or further.
  • Over half had never raced at this trip, although there are relatively few suitable trials.
  • Almost all had finished in the first three on their latest outing with around half of them winning.
  • All bar four of those eighteen had won a Group race.
  • An official rating of 109 or higher is typically required to win this race.

St Leger Previous Winners

Check out the previous winners below:

1776AllabaculiaJohn SingletonChristopher Scaife2nd Marq. of Rockingham
1777BourbonJohn CadeWilliam Sotheron
1778HollandoiseGeorge HerringJoseph RoseSir Thomas Gascoigne
1779TommyGeorge LowryJoseph RoseThomas Stapleton
1780RulerJohn MangleWilliam Bethell
1781SerinaRichard FosterJ. LowtherWilliam Radcliffe
1782ImperatrixGeorge SearleGeorge SearleHenry Goodricke
1783PhoenomenonAnthony HallIsaac CapeSir John Lister Kaye
1784OmphaleJohn KirtonM. MasonJohn Coates
1785CowslipGeorge SearleGeorge SearleRichard Hill
1786ParagonJohn MangleJohn MangleLord Archibald Hamilton
1787SpadilleJohn MangleJohn MangleLord Archibald Hamilton
1788Young FloraJohn MangleJohn MangleLord Archibald Hamilton
1789Pewett [a]William WilsonChristopher Scaife4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1790AmbidexterGeorge SearleGeorge SearleMr Dealtry
1791Young TravellerJohn JacksonJohn HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
1792TartarJohn MangleJohn MangleLord Archibald Hamilton
1793Ninety-threeBill PeirseJohn Clifton
1794BeningbroughJohn JacksonJohn HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
1795HambletonianDixon BoyceJohn HutchinsonSir Charles Turner
1796AmbrosioJohn JacksonFrank NealeJoseph Cookson
1797LoungerJohn ShepherdGeorge SearleGilbert Crompton
1798SymmetryJohn JacksonSam KingSir Thomas Gascoigne
1799CockfighterTom FieldsTom FieldsSir Henry Tempest Vane
1800ChampionFrank BuckleTom PerrenChristopher Wilson
1801QuizJohn ShepherdGeorge SearleGilbert Crompton
1802OrvilleJohn Singleton Jr.Christopher Scaife4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1803RemembrancerBen SmithJ. Smith10th Earl of Strathmore
1804SanchoFrank BuckleBartle AtkinsonHarry Mellish
1805StaveleyJohn JacksonBartle AtkinsonHarry Mellish
1806FyldenerTom CarrJohn Clifton
1807PaulinaBill CliftChristopher Scaife4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1808PetroniusBen SmithWilliam Theakston9th Duke of Hamilton
1809AshtonBen SmithWilliam Theakston9th Duke of Hamilton
1810OctavianBill CliftFrank Jordan6th Duke of Leeds3:30.00
1811SoothsayerBen SmithTommy SykesRichard Oliver Gascoigne
1812OtteringtonBob JohnsonW. HessletineRalph Robb3:31.00
1813AltisidoraJohn JacksonTommy SykesRichard Watt
1814WilliamJohn ShepherdWilliam Theakston9th Duke of Hamilton
1815Filho da PutaJohn JacksonJames CroftSir William Maxwell
1816The DuchessBen SmithJames CroftSir Bellingham Graham
1817EborBob JohnsonJohn LonsdaleHenry Peirse
1818RevellerBob JohnsonJohn LonsdaleHenry Peirse3:15.00
1819AntonioTom NicholsonJohn LonsdaleJames Ferguson3:18.00
1820St PatrickBob JohnsonJohn LonsdaleSir Edward Smith3:26.0
1821Jack SpigotBill ScottIsaac BladesThomas Orde-Powlett
1822TheodoreJohn JacksonJames CroftEdward Petre3:23.0[3]
1823BarefootTom GoodissonRichard ShepherdRichard Watt3:23.00
1824JerryBen SmithJames CroftRichard Oliver Gascoigne3:29.00
1825MemnonBill ScottRichard ShepherdRichard Watt3:23.00
1826TarrareGeorge NelsonSam King6th Earl of Scarbrough3:25.00
1827MatildaJem RobinsonJohn ScottEdward Petre3:24.00
1828The ColonelBill ScottJohn ScottEdward Petre
1829RowtonBill ScottJohn ScottEdward Petre
1830BirminghamPatrick ConollyThomas FlintoffJohn Beardsworth
1831ChoristerJohn Barham DayJohn Smith1st Marq. of Cleveland
1832MargraveJem RobinsonJohn ScottJohn Gully
1833RockinghamSam DarlingRichard ShepherdRichard Watt3:28.00
1834TouchstoneGeorge CallowayJohn Scott1st Marq. of Westminster3:22.00
1835Queen of TrumpsTommy LyeJohn BlenkhornEdward Lloyd-Mostyn3:20.00
1836ElisJohn Barham DayJohn DoeLord George Bentinck3:20.00
1837MangoSam Day Jr.Montgomery DillyCharles Greville3:23.00
1838Don JohnBill ScottJohn Scott6th Earl of Chesterfield3:17.00
1839Charles the Twelfth [b]Bill ScottJohn ScottMajor Yarburgh3:25.00
1840LauncelotBill ScottJohn Scott1st Marq. of Westminster3:40.00
1841SatiristBill ScottJohn Scott1st Marq. of Westminster3:22.00
1842Blue BonnetTommy LyeTom Dawson13th Earl of Eglinton3:19.00
1843NutwithJob MarsonBob JohnsonSamuel Wrather3:20.00
1844Faugh-a-BallaghHenry BellJohn ForthEdward John Irwin3:28.00
1845The BaronFrank ButlerJohn ScottGeorge Watts3:25.00
1846Sir Tatton SykesBill ScottWilliam OatesBill Scott3:16.00
1847Van TrompJob MarsonJohn Fobert13th Earl of Eglinton3:20.00
1848SurpliceNat FlatmanRobert Stephenson Jr.3rd Viscount Clifden3:19.00
1849The Flying DutchmanCharles MarlowJohn Fobert13th Earl of Eglinton3:20.00
1850Voltigeur [c]Job MarsonRobert Hill2nd Earl of Zetland3:24.00
1851NewminsterSim TemplemanJohn ScottAnthony Nichol3:20.00
1852StockwellJohn NormanWilliam Harlock2nd Marquess of Exeter3:21.00
1853West AustralianFrank ButlerJohn ScottJohn Bowes3:20.00
1854Knight of St GeorgeRobert BashamR. LongstaffJ. B. Morris3:32.00
1855SauceboxJohn WellsTom ParrTom Parr3:22.00
1856WarlockNat FlatmanJohn ScottAnthony Nichol3:25.00
1857ImperieuseNat FlatmanJohn ScottJohn Scott3:25.00
1858SunbeamLuke SnowdenJohn PrinceJames Merry3:20.00
1859GamesterTom AldcroftJohn ScottSir Charles Monck3:25.00
1860St AlbansLuke SnowdenAlec Taylor Sr.2nd Marq. of Ailesbury3:20.00
1861Caller OuTom ChalonerWilliam I'AnsonWilliam I'Anson3:16.20
1862The MarquisTom ChalonerJohn ScottStanhope Hawke3:22.00
1863Lord ClifdenJohn Osborne Jr.Edwin Parr3rd Viscount St Vincent3:17.50
1864Blair AtholJim SnowdenWilliam I'AnsonWilliam I'Anson3:19.50
1865GladiateurHarry GrimshawTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange3:20.00
1866Lord LyonHarry CustanceJames DoverRichard Sutton3:23.00
1867AchievementTom ChalonerJames DoverMark Pearson3:17.00
1868FormosaTom ChalonerHenry WoolcottWilliam Graham3:19.50
1869Pero GomezJohn WellsJohn PorterSir Joseph Hawley3:21.50
1870HawthorndenJemmy GrimshawJoseph DawsonThomas Vaughan Morgan3:18.50
1871HannahCharlie MaidmentJoseph HayhoeMayer de Rothschild3:22.00
1872WenlockCharlie MaidmentTom Wadlow2nd Earl of Wilton3:21.50
1873Marie StuartTom OsborneRobert PeckJames Merry3:22.00
1874ApologyJohn Osborne Jr.William OsborneJohn King3:16.00
1875Craig MillarTom ChalonerAlec Taylor Sr.William Stuart Stirling-Crawfurd3:20.00
1876PetrarchJem GoaterJohn DawsonViscount Dupplin3:19.50
1877SilvioFred ArcherMathew Dawson6th Viscount Falmouth3:27.00
1878JannetteFred ArcherMathew Dawson6th Viscount Falmouth3:20.50
1879Rayon d'OrJem GoaterTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange3:21.00
1880Robert the DevilTom Cannon Sr.Charles BlantonCharles Brewer3:32.00
1881IroquoisFred ArcherJacob PincusPierre Lorillard3:20.60
1882Dutch OvenFred ArcherMathew Dawson6th Viscount Falmouth3:16.00
1883OssianJohn WattsRichard Marsh12th Duke of Hamilton3:19.00
1884The LambkinJohn WattsMathew DawsonRobert Vyner3:14.00
1885MeltonFred ArcherMathew Dawson20th Baron Hastings3:15.60
1886OrmondeFred ArcherJohn Porter1st Duke of Westminster3:21.4
1887KilwarlinJack RobinsonJames Jewitt7th Baron Rodney3:26.00
1888SeabreezeJack RobinsonJames Jewitt5th Baron Calthorpe3:11.8
1889DonovanFred BarrettGeorge Dawson6th Duke of Portland3:13.00
1890MemoirJohn WattsGeorge Dawson6th Duke of Portland3:13.60
1891CommonGeorge BarrettJohn PorterSir Frederick Johnstone3:14.40
1892La FlecheJohn WattsJohn PorterMaurice de Hirsch3:14.60
1893IsinglassTommy LoatesJames JewittHarry McCalmont3:13.40
1894ThrostleMorny CannonJohn Porter1st Baron Alington3:12.20
1895Sir VistoSam LoatesMathew Dawson5th Earl of Rosebery3:18.40
1896PersimmonJohn WattsRichard MarshHRH Prince of Wales3:20.00
1897Galtee MoreCharles WoodSam DarlingJohn Gubbins3:31.20
1898WildfowlerCharles WoodSam DarlingHenry Greer3:13.00
1899Flying FoxMorny CannonJohn Porter1st Duke of Westminster3:15.60
1900Diamond JubileeHerbert JonesRichard MarshHRH Prince of Wales3:09.20
1901DoriclesKempton CannonAlfred HayhoeLeopold de Rothschild3:08.40
1902SceptreFrank HardyBob SievierBob Sievier3:12.40
1903Rock SandDanny MaherGeorge BlackwellSir James Miller3:09.40
1904Pretty PollyWillie LanePeter GilpinEustace Loder3:05.80
1905ChallacombeOtto MaddenAlec Taylor Jr.Washington Singer3:05.40
1906TroutbeckGeorges SternWillie Waugh2nd Duke of Westminster3:04.20
1907Wool WinderBill HalseyHarry EnochNed Baird3:05.60
1908Your MajestyWalter GriggsCharles MortonJack Joel3:06.00
1909BayardoDanny MaherAlec Taylor Jr.Alfred Cox3:08.60
1910SwynfordFrank WoottonGeorge Lambton17th Earl of Derby3:04.00
1911Prince PalatineFrank O'NeillHenry BeardsleyThomas Pilkington3:06.00
1912TraceryGeorge BellhouseJohn WatsonAugust Belmont Jr.3:11.80
1913Night HawkElijah WheatleyJack RobinsonWilliam Hall Walker3:03.60
1914Black JesterWalter GriggsCharles MortonJack Joel3:02.60
1915PommernSteve DonoghueCharles PeckSolomon Joel2:55.60
1916Hurry OnCharlie ChildsFred DarlingJames Buchanan2:59.60
1917Gay CrusaderSteve DonoghueAlec Taylor Jr.Alfred Cox2:59.60
1918GainsboroughJoe ChildsAlec Taylor Jr.Lady James Douglas3:04.00
1919KeysoeBrownie CarslakeGeorge Lambton17th Earl of Derby3:06.80
1920CaligulaArthur SmithHarvey LeaderMathradas Goculdas3:07.40
1921PolemarchJoe ChildsTom Green7th Marq. of Londonderry3:06.80
1922Royal LancerBobby JonesAlf Sadler Jr.5th Earl of Lonsdale3:14.20
1923TranquilTommy WestonCharles Morton17th Earl of Derby3:05.00
1924Salmon-TroutBrownie CarslakeDick DawsonHH Aga Khan III3:13.20
1925SolarioJoe ChildsReginald DaySir John Rutherford3:04.40
1926CoronachJoe ChildsFred Darling1st Baron Woolavington3:01.60
1927Book LawHenri JellissAlec Taylor Jr.2nd Viscount Astor3:14.40
1928FairwayTommy WestonFrank Butters17th Earl of Derby3:03.00
1929TrigoMichael BearyDick DawsonWilliam Barnett3:03.40
1930SingaporeGordon RichardsThomas Hogg1st Baron Glanely3:09.20
1931SandwichHarry WraggJack Jarvis6th Earl of Rosebery3:11.20
1932FirdaussiFreddie FoxFrank ButtersHH Aga Khan III3:04.40
1933HyperionTommy WestonGeorge Lambton17th Earl of Derby3:06.80
1934Windsor LadCharlie SmirkeMarcus MarshMartin H. Benson3:01.60
1935BahramCharlie SmirkeFrank ButtersHH Aga Khan III3:01.80
1936BoswellPat BeasleyCecil Boyd-RochfortWilliam Woodward3:08.60
1937ChulmleighGordon RichardsThomas Hogg1st Baron Glanely3:07.40
1938Scottish UnionBrownie CarslakeNoel CannonJimmy Rank3:11.40
1939no race [d]
1940TurkhanGordon RichardsFrank ButtersHH Aga Khan III3:32.40
1941Sun CastleGeorges BridglandCecil Boyd-Rochfort1st Viscount Portal3:04.00
1942Sun ChariotGordon RichardsFred DarlingHM King George VI3:08.40
1943HerringboneHarry WraggWalter Earl17th Earl of Derby3:05.00
1944TehranGordon RichardsFrank ButtersHH Aga Khan III3:06.60
1945ChamossaireTommy LowreyDick PerrymanStanhope Joel2:55.80
1946AirborneTommy LowreyDick PerrymanJohn Ferguson3:10.20
1947SayajiraoEdgar BrittSam ArmstrongHH Maharaja of Baroda3:07.80
1948Black TarquinEdgar BrittCecil Boyd-RochfortWilliam Woodward3:08.80
1949Ridge WoodMichael BearyNoel MurlessGeoffrey Smith3:08.20
1950ScratchRae JohnstoneCharles SemblatMarcel Boussac3:08.80
1951TalmaRae JohnstoneCharles SemblatMarcel Boussac3:13.80
1952TulyarCharlie SmirkeMarcus MarshHH Aga Khan III3:07.80
1953PremonitionEph SmithCecil Boyd-RochfortWilfrid Wyatt3:06.80
1954Never Say DieCharlie SmirkeJoseph LawsonRobert Sterling Clark3:10.60
1955MeldHarry CarrCecil Boyd-RochfortLady Zia Wernher3:14.60
1956CambremerFreddie PalmerGeorges BridglandRalph Strassburger3:12.20
1957BallymossT. P. BurnsVincent O'BrienJohn McShain3:15.60
1958AlcideHarry CarrCecil Boyd-RochfortSir Humphrey de Trafford3:06.40
1959CanteloEdward HideCharles ElseyWilliam Hill3:04.60
1960St. PaddyLester PiggottNoel MurlessSir Victor Sassoon3:13.20
1961AureliusLester PiggottNoel MurlessVera Lilley3:06.60
1962HethersettHarry CarrDick HernLionel Holliday3:10.80
1963RagusaGarnie BougourePaddy PrendergastJim Mullion3:05.40
1964IndianaJimmy LindleyJack WattsCharles Engelhard3:05.00
1965ProvokeJoe MercerDick HernJakie Astor3:18.60
1966SodiumFrankie DurrGeorge ToddRadha Sigtia3:09.80
1967RiboccoLester PiggottFulke Johnson HoughtonCharles Engelhard3:05.40
1968RiberoLester PiggottFulke Johnson HoughtonCharles Engelhard3:19.80
1969IntermezzoRon HutchinsonHarry WraggGerry Oldham3:11.80
1970NijinskyLester PiggottVincent O'BrienCharles Engelhard3:06.40
1971Athens WoodLester PiggottHarry Thomson JonesEileen Rogerson3:14.90
1972BoucherLester PiggottVincent O'BrienOgden Phipps3:28.71
1973PeleidFrankie DurrBill ElseyWilliam Behrens3:08.21
1974BustinoJoe MercerDick HernLady Beaverbrook3:09.02
1975BruniTony MurrayRyan PriceCharles St George3:05.31
1976CrowYves Saint-MartinAngel PennaDaniel Wildenstein3:13.17
1977DunfermlineWillie CarsonDick HernHM Queen Elizabeth II3:05.17
1978Julio MarinerEdward HideClive BrittainMarcos Lemos3:04.94
1979Son of LoveAlain LequeuxRobert ColletAlexis Rolland3:09.02
1980Light CavalryJoe MercerHenry CecilJim Joel3:11.48
1981Cut AboveJoe MercerDick HernSir Jakie Astor3:11.60
1982Touching WoodPaul CookHarry Thomson JonesMaktoum Al Maktoum3:03.53
1983Sun PrincessWillie CarsonDick HernSir Michael Sobell3:16.65
1984Commanche RunLester PiggottLuca CumaniIvan Allan3:09.93
1985Oh So SharpSteve CauthenHenry CecilSheikh Mohammed3:07.13
1986Moon MadnessPat EdderyJohn DunlopDuchess of Norfolk3:05.03
1987Reference PointSteve CauthenHenry CecilLouis Freedman3:05.91
1988Minster SonWillie CarsonNeil GrahamLady Beaverbrook3:06.80
1989Michelozzo [e]Steve CauthenHenry CecilCharles St George3:20.72
1990SnurgeRichard QuinnPaul ColeMartyn Arbib3:08.78
1991ToulonPat EdderyAndré FabreKhalid Abdullah3:03.12
1992User FriendlyGeorge DuffieldClive BrittainBill Gredley3:05.48
1993Bob's ReturnPhilip RobinsonMark TompkinsJackie Smith3:07.85
1994MoonaxPat EdderyBarry HillsSheikh Mohammed3:04.19
1995Classic ClicheFrankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin3:09.74
1996ShantouFrankie DettoriJohn GosdenSheikh Mohammed3:05.10
1997Silver PatriarchPat EdderyJohn DunlopPeter Winfield3:06.92
1998NedawiJohn ReidSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin3:05.61
1999MutafaweqRichard HillsSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin3:02.75
2000MillenaryRichard QuinnJohn DunlopNeil Jones3:02.58
2001MilanMichael KinaneAidan O'BrienTabor / Magnier3:05.16
2002Bollin EricKevin DarleyTim EasterbySir Neil Westbrook3:02.92
2003Brian BoruJamie SpencerAidan O'BrienSue Magnier3:04.64
2004Rule of LawKerrin McEvoySaeed bin SuroorGodolphin3:06.29
2005ScorpionFrankie DettoriAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor3:19.01
2006Sixties Icon [f]Frankie DettoriJeremy NosedaSusan Roy2:57.29
2007LucarnoJimmy FortuneJohn GosdenGeorge Strawbridge3:01.90
2008ConduitFrankie DettoriSir Michael StouteBallymacoll Stud3:07.92
2009MasteryTed DurcanSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin3:04.81
2010Arctic CosmosWilliam BuickJohn GosdenHood / Geffen3:03.12
2011Masked MarvelWilliam BuickJohn GosdenBjorn Nielsen3:00.44
2012EnckeMickael BarzalonaMahmood Al ZarooniGodolphin3:03.81
2013Leading LightJoseph O'BrienAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor3:09.20
2014Kingston HillAndrea AtzeniRoger VarianPaul Smith3:05.42
2015Simple Verse [g]Andrea AtzeniRalph BeckettQRL / Al Thani / Al Kubaisi3:07.12
2016Harbour LawGeorge BakerLaura MonganJackie Cornwell3:05.48
2017CapriRyan MooreAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor3:04.04
2018Kew GardensRyan MooreAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor3:03.34
2019LogicianFrankie DettoriJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah3:00.27
2020Galileo ChromeTom MarquandJoseph O'BrienGalileo Chrome Partnership3:01.94
2021Hurricane LaneWilliam BuickCharlie ApplebyGodolphin3:04.28
2022Eldar EldarovDavid EganRoger VarianKHK Racing3:08.39
2023ContinuousRyan MooreAidan O'BrienTabor / Smith / Magnier et al.3:06.95

St Leger Previous Result

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Top Trainers and Jockeys of the St Leger Stakes

Bill Scott saddled a remarkable 16 St Leger winners between 1827 and 1862.

In the modern era, Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden have been the trainers to follow with six and five winners respectively.

Gosden won it for the first time with Shantou (1996) and has since struck with Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010), Masked Marvel (2011) and Logician (2019).

Logician was the latest of six winning St Leger rides for Frankie Dettori. They include Conduit (2008) who finally provided Sir Michael Stoute with a victory in the Doncaster Classic.

Stoute’s beaten runners here include Shergar in 1981 who failed to stay the trip when fourth to 28-1 shot Cut Above.

Betting on the St Leger 2023

Ante-post betting on the St Leger Stakes is available all year round but only really hots up after the Epsom Derby in June.

Trainers are often reluctant to commit to the season’s final Classic with more tempting opportunities over shorter distances. The picture becomes clearer after the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. The St Leger is one race where some knowledge of pedigree is helpful as very few of the runners will have form over the distance.

Bookmakers usually have some tempting offers for new customers on the St Leger. They can sometimes offer the favourite at a special price for a limited stake. Existing customers can usually get enhanced place terms and best odds if there are 8 or more runners.

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Popular Questions

Where is St Leger run?

St Leger is run at Doncaster Racecourse.

What is the St Leger race distance?

The St Leger is 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards long.

Summary of The St Leger Stakes

The St Leger may have lost some of its gloss in terms of its appeal to breeders but it remains one of the highlights of the flat racing season.

While the Derby winner is unlikely to feature, there are always some exciting staying prospects who go on to feature in the Cup races.

Stradivarius finished a close third in his Classic year before going on to dominate the staying division with three successive Ascot Gold Cups.

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