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St Leger Festival Betting Tips

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Autumn is fast approaching horse racing fans and as the leaves begin to crisp and the nights begin to turn colder, we’re fast gearing up for the business end of the horse racing flat season with the St Leger Festival at Doncaster.

Here at 21.co.uk, we’ll be keeping a close eye on all the goings-on from Doncaster, bringing our horse racing fans everything they need to know about the meeting and which horses to look out for as they head to post for the group one contests. We’ll also have the latest odds available right on-site, so you should never miss a race, or if you’re heading to South Yorkshire, our course guide will include everything you need to know including the best vantage points to watch a race. But if you’re looking for the best place to back the festival favourites or the wide outsiders, we’ve got the latest horse racing betting odds, head over to the 21.co.uk online betting markets where you’ll see all the chances for the biggest races of the day.

St Leger Festival Betting Tips

Park Hill Stakes - Dame Malliot - 9/4

There is a lot of hype surrounding Dame Malliot and it was a shame that the horse wasn’t ready in time for Goodwood. Enbihaar is the bookies favourite but we think Malliot is fantastic value at 9/4.

May Hill Stakes - Alpen Rose - 7/1

Once again we’re looking for value here and we think that Alpen Rose has been sharply overlooked here as the fifth favourite. The horse seems to enjoy racing at Doncaster and we think 7/1 is an incredible value.

Doncaster Cup - Stradivarius - 2/5

The bookies favourite here and for good reason too, Detorri might face some competition from Norwegian William Buick and Dee Ex Bee but it’ll be a big shock if Stradivarius doesn’t win.

St Leger - Sir Dragonet - 3/1

Sir Dragonet is a great horse with a fantastic pedigree and we don’t think that Logician offers the best value at Evens. Therefore, Sir Dragonet is definitely your best bet here.

Trainers to look out for at Doncaster

The stable battle between John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien is set for another renewal here at Doncaster with the training powerhouses dominating the runnings of St Leger in recent years picking up three wins each over the last twelve years. We’re in no doubt that both these trainers won’t hold back heading into the final day of the festival.

John Gosden

It’s safe to say that when it comes to Classics and Group Ones this season that John Gosden is becoming the man to beat. Enable, Stradivarius, and Too Darn Hot is just three we could pick out from a stable full of starlets who are intended to make their mark on the UK horse racing scene. Heading into St Leger, it’s clear he could hold all the cards if Voltigeur winner and son of Frankel Logician take the track looking to preserve his unbeaten record. At a price of 5/4, he’s the favourite in the UK horse racing betting markets a price we only expect to see shorten as we get closer to race day.

Aidan O’Brien

The Ballydoyle trainer has an impressive record in St Leger and will be going for a hat-trick of wins with Kew Gardens and Capri taking comprehensive victories in the most recent renewals of the race. Looking at his collection of stars it would seem Japan is the obvious choice to send to Doncaster, especially after his Juddmonte win, but it looks as though the Irish Champion Stakes could be his intended target. It looks as though Sir Dragonet will be the intended challenger for the race, with a supporting cast of Il Paradiso and potentially Constantinople, so there should be plenty of opportunities for him to mount a challenge.

Roger Varian

If we’re going on strike rate at Doncaster, there is no denying that Roger Varian is the man to beat. He’s picked up 25 wins and 45 place finishes over the last three seasons which has awarded him a strike rate of 24.51%, something you should be taking into account if you’re looking at the UK horse racing betting markets. From the racecards, it looks as though he’ll avoid St Leger, but with Cape Byron expected to head to the Park Stakes, he has a good opportunity to pick up another winner here.

History of the St Leger Festival

One of the oldest and most traditional courses in the UK, the course plays host to two of the oldest horse races in the world, The Doncaster Cup, of course, St Leger itself. Dating back to 1776 the St Leger Festival was founded by Colonel Anthony St Leger, the gentleman whom the courses biggest race of the season is named after.

Open to both colts and fillies, St Leger is the final leg of the UK Triple Crown, which involves the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby and the Fillies Triple Crown following on from the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks.

Having won the two previous races involved in the UK Triple Crown with it’s a race Aidan O’Brien will be attempting to win following the success of Anthony Van Dyck and Magna Grecia in the previous two legs this season. The Fillies Triple Crown, however, is more of an open contest with Gosden and O’Brien both picking up wins with Anapurna and Hermosa respectively, so there looks to be all to play for at Doncaster.

The Doncaster Cup, which is also run during the four festival, is currently the oldest race under rules in the UK - predating St Leger by a decade. It still draws a huge crowd, even though it’s only a Group 2 contest. A leading event for UK stayers, it’s the final leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown which also includes the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Gold Cup - both of which have been won this term by Stradivarius.

Doncaster Racecourse Guide

Doncaster is famed for being the racecourse to start and end the UK horse racing flat season - playing host to the Lincoln, which is normally held at the end of March and November Handicap Day. However, during those calendar months, it also hosts a number of afternoon fixtures and the Group One Racing Post Trophy - a race where we normally see some of the classic contenders for the following season having a decent chance finishing the year on a high.

The course itself runs left-handed and because it’s very flat, apart from a slight uphill gradient, making it one of the easiest for horses to run on but one of the hardest to master. It’s a drain free course which means the going conditions are generally either soft or heavy depending on the time of year - with light rain expected later this week, we suspect that heavy might be the call on the day of St Leger.

Horses can run distances of anywhere between five furlongs and two miles two furlongs. It’s normally the sprint distances which are run on the straight mile in front of the stands, whereas the longer distances will start from just past the stands or midway on the round course.

Where can I watch the St Leger Festival

If you’re not lucky enough to have secured a ticket for the St Leger Festival, you can watch the entirety of the festival live on ITV, including Ladies Day (12th September) and Gentlemans Day (14th September).

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