It’s St Leger Day on Saturday at Doncaster Racecourse as the Yorkshire venue plays host to the world’s oldest classic horse race, the St Leger.
One of the highlights of the autumn racing calendar, this year’s St Leger looks to be one of the most open in years, with star quality throughout the field in the 15:35 feature race.
Who will claim one of the biggest prizes on the UK horse racing circuit?
Read on for St Leger tips as we look at the latest horse racing odds…
St Leger Tips – What’s in Store for the St Leger Festival 2019?
Looking ahead to Saturday’s feature race, Logician (1/1 with Marathonbet) looks as if he could be the star turn as Frankie Dettori bids to end his 11-year St Leger drought. The three-year-old grey lived up to the billing at the York Ebor festival as the pre-race favourite finished strongly to blow away the opposition last month in the Voltigeur Stakes.
Aidan O’Brien’s best bet for the final Classic of the season is surely Sir Dragonet (3/1) as the trainer bids to make it a hat-trick of wins in the St Leger. Question marks remain whether he can handle the step up to 1m6½f, but the son of Camelot looks intriguing despite only finishing fifth after fading towards the last when sent out as favourite in the Derby.
His fellow knight Sir Ron Priestley (11/1) could be the value option in the field after a breakout 2019 season. Mark Johnson’s big St Leger hope made it an impressive three wins on the bounce with victory in the March Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and has previously thrived over this distance. Royal Ascot Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby (14/1) also can’t be discounted despite only middling returns from his most recent outings at Newmarket and Goodwood.
St Leger Winners – A Look Back At The History Books
The deadly winning combo of jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien have dominated this race in recent years, after tasting victory with Capri (2017) and Kew Gardens (2018) in the last two seasons.
However, that spell will be broken in 2019 with Moore heading to Leopardstown for the Irish Champions Weekend. It’ll be a family affair for O’Brien this time around with his son Donnacha taking the ride on Sir Dragonet in Moore’s absence.
Other noteworthy St Leger winners include Masked Marvel (2011), the current race record holder with a fastest winning time of 3m 00.44s, while Never Say Die lived up to his name in 1954 with an unbeaten winning margin of 12 lengths.
The evergreen Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey of recent times in this race. The Italian has tasted victory on five St Leger winners, but is without a win since 2008. Will Logician help Dettori end his barren run and ensure the crowd favourite signs off St Leger Day 2019 in style?
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