With the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, : and the Derby Stakes now wrapped up we look ahead to the final leg of the Triple Crown, the St Leger Stakes in September. We will look at what the four day St Leger festival has to offer as well as provide betting tips on the St Leger Stakes to be run on Saturday the 10th of September.
Leger Legends charity race – What a way to start any horse racing festival, a race packed with retired jockeys who acclaimed legendary status within the sport. The race was brought to the festival in 2010 and has been a feature ever since. Previous winners include USA’s Julie Krone, horse racings most successful female, 13 times Irish Champion Jockey Mick Kinane and last years winner AP McCoy who many regard as the greatest jump jockey of all time.
The race raises funds and awareness for two Yorkshire based charities, the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and Jack Berry House, which is a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys.
Ladies Day – Day 2 of the festival is ladies day, which brings an abundance of glamour to the occasion. One of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions the DFS Ladies day is a great day out and enjoyable for both males and females. With thousands of females in the hunt for the Best Dressed Lady crown there is sure to be a sparkle around Doncaster. The winner of the Best Dressed Lady will then represent Doncaster Race Course at the Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2016 finals night.
Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day – Day 3 of the festival is Gentlemen’s Day, which also boasts some of the best racing of the week. The Doncaster Cup is the headline on the Friday and is also the oldest race run under the Rules of Horse Racing. With activities such as clay pigeon shooting and sports car displays it is a perfect day out for a gentleman. The Friday is also great for raising money to a cause that affects many men around the world. Funds are collected to contribute towards the Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign. Lastly, much like the ladies us gents will have a Best Dressed Male awards, get your best suits on lads!
The festival is brought to an end by the St Leger Stakes, in the biggest race of the week. The race is a prominent feature in the British ‘Classics’ and is also the final leg of the Triple Crown. One of horse racings most prestigious events brings to you some of the top stables in the country. As well as the St Leger Stakes there are more top-class races throughout the day which include the Champagne Stakes and the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap.
The St Legers Stakes is a flat race specifically for Group 1 horses. The race is only open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and covers a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards (2/397 metres). The first St Leger Stakes race took place in 1776 and it is the oldest of the five British Classic races. It is also the last of the five classics to be run each year and is the longest. On top of this the St Leger Stakes is the final leg of the English Triple Crown, which also features the 2000 Guineas and the Derby.
To claim a Triple Crown you must win each of the 2000 Guineas Stakes, The Derby Stakes and St Leger Stakes. Completing this is regarded as one of the greatest accomplishments within horse racing. There has been just one winner of the English Triple Crown since World War II. Nijinsky was the last horse to claim the English Triple Crown back in 1970.
Since then there has only been one horse that has come close to taking the English Triple Crown. That horse was Camelot who having won the Epsom Derby, and Guineas 2000 Camelot came a painfully close second to Encke in 2012. Two other horses, Nashwan (1989) and Sea Of Stars (2009) had the opportunity to do so but did not enter the final St Legers Stakes. This reluctance was supposedly because of the potential impact it would have on a horse’s stud value, in a market where speed is preferred to stamina.
It is worth noting that as of yet there has been no confirmation of the line up.
Us Army Ranger 7/1
Wings Of Desire 8/1
Sword Fighter 10/1
Red Verdon 10/1
Across The Stars 12/1
Beacon Rock 16/1
Robin Of Navan 16/1
Port Douglas 16/1
To Eternity 33/1
Here we have had a little look through and picked out our favourite racing tips for the St Ledger.
Harzand 4/1 – The favourite claimed the Derby Stakes, beating second placed Us Army Ranger by a length and a half. The Derby winner is the son of the legendary Sea Of Stars, a horse that shone in British Classics. Trainer Dermot Weld is keeping coy on the prospect of Harzand competing but is largely expected to enter the horse. This horse for me has a great chance of claiming the St Leger Stakes and is an understandable favourite.
Us Army Ranger 7/1 – This horse has run fantastically well in it’s last 3 meets, with 2 victories and a second placed finish in the Derby Stakes. Us Army Ranger missed out by a length and a half in the Derby Stakes but at 7/1 I think there is value in this horse.
Sword Fighter 10/1 – With 6 races now under the horse’s belt Sword Fighter has shown its class. The A P O’Brien horse has picked up 3 victories as well as 3 places, never finishing outside of the top 3. For me 10/1 is a good price to back this horse each way to finish inside the top 3.
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