St Leger Odds

Kew Gardens won the 2018 St Leger for Aidan O'Brien.
Kew Gardens won the 2018 St Leger for Aidan O'Brien.

The final British classic of the season, the St Leger regularly proves to be an informative betting heat. You can view the odds for the 2020 renewal here a little closer to the time.

Saturday 12th September 2020

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Mogul
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Mogul silk
Mogul
14/1
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Kameko
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Kameko silk
Kameko
16/1
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Military March
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Military March silk
Military March
16/1
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Waldkonig
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Waldkonig silk
Waldkonig
20/1
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Quadrilateral
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Quadrilateral silk
Quadrilateral
20/1
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Innisfree
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Innisfree silk
Innisfree
20/1
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Highest Ground
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Highest Ground silk
Highest Ground
25/1
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Al Suhail
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Al Suhail silk
Al Suhail
25/1
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Vatican City
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Vatican City silk
Vatican City
25/1
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Brentford Hope
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Brentford Hope silk
Brentford Hope
25/1
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Love
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Love silk
Love
25/1
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Mohican Heights
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Mohican Heights silk
Mohican Heights
25/1
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Darain
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Darain silk
Darain
33/1
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Sinawann
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Sinawann silk
Sinawann
33/1
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Kingswear
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Kingswear silk
Kingswear
33/1
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Max Vega
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Max Vega silk
Max Vega
33/1
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Year Of The Tiger
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Year Of The Tiger silk
Year Of The Tiger
33/1
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Arthurs Kingdom
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Arthurs Kingdom silk
Arthurs Kingdom
33/1
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Gauntlet
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Gauntlet silk
Gauntlet
33/1
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Shekhem
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Shekhem silk
Shekhem
33/1
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Royal Dornoch
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Royal Dornoch silk
Royal Dornoch
33/1
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Palm Beach
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Palm Beach silk
Palm Beach
33/1
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Cayenne Pepper
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Cayenne Pepper silk
Cayenne Pepper
33/1
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Royal Lytham
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Royal Lytham silk
Royal Lytham
33/1
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Iberia
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Iberia silk
Iberia
33/1
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Juan Elcano
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Juan Elcano silk
Juan Elcano
33/1
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Persia
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Persia silk
Persia
40/1
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Mythical
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Mythical silk
Mythical
40/1
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Al Dabaran
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Al Dabaran silk
Al Dabaran
40/1
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Degraves
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Degraves silk
Degraves
40/1
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Nobel Prize
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Nobel Prize silk
Nobel Prize
50/1
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Volkan Star
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Volkan Star silk
Volkan Star
50/1
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Celtic High King
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Celtic High King silk
Celtic High King
50/1
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Law Of One
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Law Of One silk
Law Of One
50/1
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Numen
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Numen silk
Numen
50/1
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Agitare
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Agitare silk
Agitare
66/1
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Odds correct as of 2020-04-13 14:00:32 Odds subject to change.

St Leger Tips

The final British classic of the season, the St Leger is one of the highlights of the summer as the great and good of the sport descends on Doncaster. The biggest names in horse racing dream of winning the Leger which ensures that the betting for the big race in September will be highly competitive. We successfully tipped the John Gosden-trained Logician in the 2019 renewal, who recorded a deeply impressive two and a quarter length victory. 

What is the St Leger? 

The St Leger is the oldest of the classic races in the UK and is run over a trip of one mile and six furlongs (1m 6f) at Doncaster racecourse each September. The Group 1 race was run for the first time all the way back in 1776, ensuring it is one of the most famous in the sport and it remains a stalwart of the British Flat racing summer for the 3-year-old horses.

The Leger is the third and final leg of the “British Triple Crown” following the 2000 Guineas and the Derby at Epsom with Nijinsky the last horse to complete the treble back in 1970. More recently we have seen Aidan O’Brien taste success with the Irish handler saddling Capri and Kew Gardens to glory in 2017 and 2018. The route is slightly different for fillies, who would need to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, followed by the Epsom Oaks - though it is worth noting they are also eligible to race against the colts.

At 1m 6f, the St Leger is the longest of the British classic races, ensuring that stamina is the order of the day for any horse looking to be competitive. 

What happened in the 2019 St Leger? 

With the form of both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby proving to be unconvincing, the St Leger felt like the deepest of the three classic races. The race revolved around the John Gosden-trained Logician, who had only made his debut in May but had progressed at the rate of knots, producing a deeply impressive performance when winning the previous month's Great Voltigeur Stakes at York - a key trial for the Leger. 

Logician was sent off a 5/6 favourite under Frankie Dettori, and the step up to one mile and six furlongs proved well within his reach, creeping into the race at the two furlong pole before pulling clear of the Mark Johnston-trained Sir Ron Priestley to record a two and a quarter length success. He looks an excellent prospect, and it will be interesting to see whether he is campaigned over middle distances in 2020, or whether he becomes a top-class Cup horse. 

The history of the St Leger

Few races can match the St Leger for history, with the first running of the race dating back to 1776 - which makes it the oldest of the British classic races. 

The long and varied history of the race has included some famous landmarks over the years, with a horse Champion the first to do the Derby and St Leger double back in 1800, while West Australian was the first to complete the aforementioned Triple Crown in 1853.

The race has continued to create drama and memories in the 21st century, and Camelot fell agonisingly short of becoming the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown, when finishing second in the 2012 renewal as a 5/2-on favourite, having already won the Guineas and the Derby. He remains the only serious contender in the pursuit of the Triple Crown in recent memory with few trainers and owners attempting to emulate the great Nijinsky in the modern era. 

Who is the most iconic winner of the St Leger? 

The St Leger roll of honour is a long and varied one, but there is no doubt that Nijinsky remains the most famous name to have claimed the victory over the last 50 years.

The Vincent O’Brien-trained colt remains an iconic name in the world of equine sport, and much of that is to do with his famous victory in the Doncaster classic back in 1970. An outstanding two-year-old, Nijinsky made history the following year as he swept the three classic races, culminating in his St Leger win in September.

A 7/2-on winner on the day, Nijinsky became the first horse in 35 years to claim the fabled Triple Crown, and although he only won by one length, it was a comfortable success for the red-hot favourite.

A disappointing run in the Arc followed but that day in Doncaster ensures that Nijinsky's name belongs in racing folklore.

Are there any trials for the St Leger? 

The St Leger is a massive race in its own right, but there is a clear path for horses to follow on the road to Town Moor. The first place for punters to start when looking to follow potential St Leger horses is the first two classics of the season for the colts – the 2000 Guineas and the Derby.

Those two races are of course run over shorter trips than the Leger (the 2000 Guineas is run over one mile, and the Derby is run over a mile and a half), but the horses who get out-paced in those contests could well find themselves at Doncaster later in the campaign, as Kew Gardens showed when well beaten at Epsom in 2018.

Perhaps the key trial for the oldest classic in the UK is the St Voltigeur Stakes at York in August. Horses that run well at York in the summer will often feature heavily in the market for the St Leger, meaning that punters are well advised to watch the Group 2 race closely.

Who is the most successful jockey in the St Leger? 

Not a household name to many in 2019, Bill Scott is the most successful jockey in the history of the race - with nine wins to his name. Scott won the race with Jack Spigot (1821), Memnon (1825), The Colonel (1828), Rowton (1829), Don John (1838), Charles the Twelfth (1839), Launcelot (1840), Satirist (1841) and Sir Tatton Sykes (1846).

Who is the most successful trainer in the St Leger? 

John Scott is out on his own for St Leger wins, having trained a simply astonishing tally 16 winners of the race. Scott's St Leger winners came courtesy of Matilda (1827), The Colonel (1828), Rowton (1829), Margrave (1832), Touchstone (1834), Don John (1838), Charles the Twelfth (1839), Launcelot (1840), Satirist (1841), The Baron (1845), Newminster (1851), West Australian (1853), Warlock (1856), Imperieuse (1857), Gamester (1859) and The Marquis (1862).

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