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Ladbrokes St Leger  - 13th September, 2014

John Gosden's Romsdal was a fine third in the Investec Derby earlier in the season, where he stayed on in eye-catching fashion past beaten horses and the Halling colt may attempt to show that class staying form on Saturday afternoon when he heads to Doncaster to line up in the Ladbrokes St Leger..

Kingston Hill was comfortably clear of Romsdal in the aforementioned Derby when finishing a cracking second to Australia and connections will be hope that in the lead-up to the race Town Moor will have some rain as he relishes a bit of give in the going.

Mark Johnston's Hartnell showed his staying ability when landing the Queen's Vase and then went on to land victory in the Bahrain Trophy and will relish this test of stamina, whilst Richard Hannon's Windshear was beaten by Snow Sky in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and that pair are set to lock horns again and should be a factor.

Forever Now and Alex My Boy fought out a Listed event last time out with the former just prevailing and they have been backed in recent weeks for the contest, whilst the likes of Granddukeoftuscany and Kings Fete are a couple of exciting double-figured prices who will prove popular with punters.

Latest Betting for 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger

5/2 Kingston Hill

5/1 Snow Sky

6/1 Romsdal

8/1 Windshear

14/1 Hartnell

14/1 Scotland

16/1 Forever Now

16/1 Kings Fete

16/1 Alex My Boy

20/1 Granddukeoftuscany

25/1 Marzocco

33/1 Somewhat

40/1 Odeon

50/1 Min Alemarat

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St Leger Stakes History

The St Leger Stakes is the final Classic of the British flat season and is run at Doncaster towards the end of each season; it is also the final part of the English Triple Crown for three-year-old horses following on from the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. It is perhaps the toughest leg of the Triple Crown to win for any horse who has won the 2000 Guineas and the Derby as it is run over the furthest distance, it is very rare to find a horse who has the pace to win the Guineas over a mile and the stamina to win over 1 mile 6 furlongs at Doncaster in the St Leger.

The St Leger is the oldest of the classic races in the UK having first been run all the way back in 1776 when it was won by a horse called Allabaculia. Since then we have seen some of the best staying three-year olds win the race at Doncaster with perhaps the most famous of them all being Nijinsky who of course completed the Triple Crown at Doncaster when winning in 1970. Nijinsky was a sensational horse and his win in the St Leger was perhaps his most famous victory as he wrote his name into the record books, and he remains the last horse to pick up the Triple Crown. Another St Leger record breaker is Sixties Icon who stormed to victory in 2006 in a sensational time of 2m 57.29s for Frankie Dettori and trainer Jeremy Noseda when the race was run at York.

Punters are well advised to take note of the St Leger trial races through the season with the Great Voltigeur Stakes is perhaps the most telling of those, the Voltigeur is run at the Ebor Meeting at York in August and often proves to be the final prep race for some of the horses heading to Doncaster the following month. Lucarno is one horse that did the Voltigeur and St Leger double in 2007 for John Gosden and it would be no surprise to see that as a popular route this season. John Gosden has a great record in the St Leger over recent years and he also has the most recent winner of the race in his yard having won in 2010 with the excellent Arctic Cosmos claiming the win at Doncaster.

Like the other classic races in the UK, the St Leger has spawned several different versions around the world with top class equivalents in Ireland and Italy among many other countries. This serves to highlight the important of the St Leger which is one of the great races on the calendar in the UK; it continues to be a target for the big yards as well as being one of the biggest betting races of the season for punters.

Recent Winners of the St Leger Stakes

  •     2000 - Millenary
  •     2001 - Milan
  •     2002 - Bollin Eric
  •     2003 - Brian Boru
  •     2004 - Rule Of Law
  •     2005 - Scorpion
  •     2006 - Sixties Icon
  •     2007 - Lucarno
  •     2008 - Conduit
  •     2009 - Mastery
  •     2010 - Arctic Cosmos
  •     2011 - Masked Marvel
  •     2012 - Encke
  •     2013 - Leading Light
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