St Leger Betting

Last Updated 7 Jan 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

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, that is run in June.

The St Leger Festival runs over four days (Wednesday to Saturday), with many decent supporting races to take in, but the meeting works towards the highlight on the Saturday, when the St Leger betting takes centre stage.

The 2020 St Leger Festival will be staged between September 9th -12th, with the William Hill-sponsored St Leger run on Saturday 12th September.

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 Guineas, Derby and 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, which is staged at the York Ebor Meeting.

In the last 18 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 each season.


Doncaster racecourse. Photo Credit: Helena / Flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0

St Leger Runners

With the Doncaster St Leger only open to 3 year-old horses then no horse can ever win the St Leger 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.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien is another stable that’s done really well in race over the years. He’s found the winner of the St Leger six times, so anything they run is always popular in the St Leger betting market.

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 tip by the time this Doncaster race comes around in September.

Other St Leger tips to note are that a massive 16 of the last 18 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 18 market leaders winning the prize.

St Leger Festival Betting Trends

Once the final 2020 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 50% of the last 18 St Leger winners.

In order to anticipate St Leger Results it is clever to look at past St Leger winners, that is St Leger runners and St Leger trainers as well as recent trends.

14 of the last St Leger winners having won a Group Race in the past, plus 15 of the last 18 successful horses having ‘never’ been in action at the Doncaster races,

then these are other key trends that might impact the St Leger betting markets.

Previous St Leger Results

Recent St Leger Winners

  • 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

  • 16/18 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
  • 15/18 – Placed favourites
  • 15/18 – Had 2 or 3 previous career wins
  • 15/18 – Had never raced at Doncaster before
  • 14/18 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 14/18 – Had won a Group race before
  • 13/18 – Had 4 or 5 previous runs that season
  • 13/18 – Had won over at least 1m3f before
  • 12/18 – Winning distance of 1 length or more
  • 11/18 – Drawn in stall 5 or higher
  • 11/18 – Had never raced over 1m6f or further before
  • 10/18 – Officially rated 109 to 115
  • 10/18 – Won last time out
  • 8/18 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
  • 8/18 – Ran in the Great Voltigeur last time out (3 won it)
  • 5/18 – Trained by Aidan O’Brien
  • 4/18 – Trained by John Gosden
  • 4/18 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori (5 wins in total)
  • 3/18 – Ran in the Gordon Stakes last time out (2 won it)
  • 3/18 – Won by a Godolphin-owned horse (6 wins in total)
  • 2/18 – Ridden by William Buick
  • 2/18 – Ridden by Andrea Atzeni
  • 2/18 – Ridden by Ryan Moore
  • 2/18 – 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 18 years is 7/1

St Leger Festival Bookmakers

In recent years leading bookmaker, William Hill, have been the main sponsor. Naturally, their St Leger betting odds are always worth checking first as they are more likely to have St Leger offers.

Other potential key St Leger festival bookmaker offers in the build-up to the race will be extra place enhancements.

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 one.

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.