St Leger Betting
The St Leger is the final of the five English Classics and is staged at Doncaster racecourse every September. The St Leger betting markets are often shaped by earlier races that season – including the Epsom Derby, and sometimes the Epsom Oaks – both these races are run in June. To get more information about the other horse races to bet on, read our page dedicated to horse racing betting.
The 2021 St Leger Festival will be staged between September 8th -11th, with the St Leger run on Saturday 11th September.
The St Leger Festival runs over four days (Wednesday to Saturday), with many decent supporting races to take in that include the Park Hill Stakes, Doncaster Cup, Champagne Stakes and May Hill Stakes, but the meeting works towards the highlight on the Saturday, when the St Leger betting takes centre stage.
The St Leger carries a winning prize of £198,485 and is run over a trip of 1m6f. It is also only for horses aged 3 years old and, being first staged back in 1776, is the oldest of the five British Classic flat turf races.
St Leger Odds
The St Leger betting odds will change all through the Flat turf season. With the St Leger runners having to be 3 year-olds only then there are various races – like the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, Epsom and Irish Derby and Irish and Epsom Oaks that have big impacts on the St Leger Odds.
There are also two key trial St Leger races to note – the Gordon Stakes, which is run at the Glorious Goodwood Festival, and the Great Voltigeur Stakes (normally at the end of July or early August), which is staged at the York Ebor Meeting the previous month (August).
In the last 19 years, the St Leger winner has run in either the Gordon Stakes or Great Voltigeur Stakes on 11 occasions. Therefore, these key trial races have a big impact on the St Leger stakes betting odds each season.
The 2020 St Leger was won for the first time by trainer Joseph O’Brien with a horse called Galileo Chrome at betting odds of 4/1.
St Leger Runners
With the Doncaster St Leger being open only to 3-year-old horses, no horse can ever win the race more than once.
In 2019 we saw the John Gosden-trained Logician win the race – a St Leger winner that gave the yard their fifth success in the Doncaster race, while in 2020 Galileo Chrome gave jockey Tom Marquand and trainer Joseph O’Brien their first St Leger winner.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien is another who has done really well in the race over the years. He’s found the winner of the St Leger six times, so any St Leger runners in the race that he has trained are always popular. However, they are normally mob-handed in the race, so it can often pay to look for the O’Brien runner that jockey Ryan Moore is riding as he normally gets the first choice of the runners. O’Brien and Moore have teamed up to win two of the last four St Leger runnings.
St Leger Tips
As mentioned, the winners of the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Gordon Stakes and Great Voltigeur Stakes are often a big St Leger tips by the time this Doncaster race comes around in September.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown – the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger, was a horse called Nijinsky, who took all three races in 1970. Prior to Nijinsky’s Triple Crown, 14 other horses have managed to win these three British Classics.
Other St Leger tips to note are that a massive 17 of the last 19 St Leger winners finished in the top three last time out, while it’s not been a bad race for the St Leger favourites, with 8 of the last 19 (42%) market leaders winning the prize.
St Leger Festival Betting Trends
Once the final 2021 Doncaster St Leger runners are known (2 days before the race), then we can use the key St Leger trends and stats to find the best profiles of past winners.
We’ve listed the main St Leger betting trends below, but as you can see some of the highlights are the good record of the Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden yards – between them, they’ve had 47% of the last 19 St Leger winners.
In order to anticipate St Leger results, it can often pay to look at past trends and apply these to that year’s runners to find the past winning profiles.
14 of the last 19 winners having won a Group Race in the past, plus 15 of the last 19 successful horses have ‘never’ been in action at the Doncaster races. These are other key trends that might impact the St Leger betting markets.
Previous St Leger Results
Recent St Leger Winners
- 2020 – Galileo Chrome (4/1)
- 2019 – Logician (5/6 fav)
- 2018 – Kew Gardens (3/1)
- 2017 – Capri (3/1 fav)
- 2016 – Harbour Law (22/1)
- 2015 – Simple Verse (8/1)
- 2014 – Kingston Hill (9/4 fav)
- 2013 – Leading Light (7/2 fav)
- 2012 – Encke (25/1)
- 2011 – Masked Marvel (15/2)
- 2010 – Arctic Cosmos (12/1)
- 2009 – Mastery (14/1)
- 2008 – Conduit (8/1)
- 2007 – Lucarno (7/2)
- 2006 – Sixties Icon (11/8 fav)
- 2005 – Scorpion (10/11 fav)
- 2004 – Rule of Law (3/1 jfav)
- 2003 – Brian Boru (5/4 fav)
- 2002 – Bollin Eric (7/1)
Key St Leger Trends
- 17/19 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
- 15/19 – Placed favourites
- 16/19 – Had 2 or 3 previous career wins
- 16/19 – Had never raced at Doncaster before
- 15/19 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
- 14/19 – Had won a Group race before
- 13/19 – Had 4 or 5 previous runs that season
- 14/19 – Had won over at least 1m3f before
- 13/19 – Winning distance of 1 length or more
- 12/19 – Drawn in stall 5 or higher
- 12/19 – Had never raced over 1m6f or further before
- 11/19 – Officially rated 109 to 115
- 11/19 – Won last time out
- 8/19 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
- 8/19 – Ran in the Great Voltigeur last time out (3 won it)
- 5/19 – Trained by Aidan O’Brien
- 4/19 – Trained by John Gosden
- 4/19 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori (5 wins in total)
- 3/19 – Ran in the Gordon Stakes last time out (2 won it)
- 3/19 – Won by a Godolphin-owned horse (6 wins in total)
- 2/19 – Ridden by William Buick
- 2/19 – Ridden by Andrea Atzeni
- 2/19 – Ridden by Ryan Moore
- 2/19 – Winners from stall 1
- Godolphin have won the race 6 times
- Aidan O’Brien has trained 6 winners of the race
- The average winning SP in the last 19 years is 7/1
St Leger Festival History
Of the five English Classics, the Doncaster St Leger is the oldest.
The St Leger history dates back to 1776, when the first St Leger was run and won by a horse called Allabaculia.
Since the St Leger races are only for 3 year-olds, winners of the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger in the same season are rare.
These three races are dubbed the ‘Triple Crown’ with the St Leger being the final part.
The last horse to win all three races, and the Triple Crown, was Nijinsky in 1970, but more recently the Aidan O’Brien-trained Camelot in 2012 came close after winning the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, only to finish second in the St Leger.
To date, the leading St Leger trainer is John Scott, who won the St Leger 16 times in the 1800’s, while Bill Scott is the St Leger’s most successful jockey in the race with 9 St Leger wins to his name – also in the 1800’s.