St Leger Betting Odds Comparison - Doncaster

11/09/2021 15:35:00

We’re counting down to the 2021 St Leger, with the final classic of the UK flat horse racing season taking place at Doncaster Racecourse on 11 September 2021. This is a captivating encounter which is run over one mile, six-and-a-half furlongs, with Charlie Appleby having two runners and it will be interesting to see which one is sent off as betting favourite.

Hurricane Lane Currently Heads 2021 St Leger Market

William Buick has already ridden Hurricane Lane to three victories this season and the jockey is likely to be on board a three-year-old that began the campaign with a win in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup British EBF Conditions Stakes, while this was followed up by a victory in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes.

This was a solid victory in a Group 2 encounter, with Buick then riding the horse to a credible third place in the Epsom Derby before bouncing back to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and he’ll now have solid claims to score a win in an English classic.

Adayar Could Be Another Appleby Star in the St Leger

Adayar is the stablemate of Hurricane Lane and the former hasn’t been outside of the top two this season, with James Doyle being on board in the Group 3 bet365 Classic Trial over one mile and two furlongs, with the horse narrowly being edged out by Alenquer.

There was then another runner-up position in the Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield Racecourse on soft ground before Adam Kirby rode him to success in the Cazoo Derby and this was a particularly captivating victory for a horse that was sent off at a starting price of 16/1.

Who Are the Other St Leger Contenders?

Lone Eagle is a horse that needs to be respected, with Martyn Meade having seen his charge run a blinder when finishing second in the Irish Derby, with Frankie Dettori giving the horse a cracking run when being narrowly edged out by Hurricane Lane in the Irish Derby.

Aidan O’Brien has a couple of lively chances in the race, with Wordsworth possibly the most exciting runner from the Coolmore stable, with Ryan Moore giving the charge a decent spin in the Queen’s Vase when losing by a length and a half. Third place in the Irish Derby sets him up nicely for a tilt at the St Leger.

2020 St Leger betting tips

The UK and Irish flat horse racing season in 2020 has been badly disrupted, although it appears as though the St Leger is going to take place on the already scheduled date of Saturday 12 September, even if it’s far from certain whether spectators will be in attendance for the final English Classic race of the flat season.

This is a race that will be run over one mile, six-and-a-half furlongs, with this Group 1 encounter part of the British Champions Series and it’s a fairly long-distance race which will suit the three-year-old horses with the greatest stamina in the field.

Will Aidan O’Brien Enjoy a St Leger Clean Sweep?

Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to success when it comes to this race and he has lots of St Leger betting favourites in his camp this time around, with Santiago arguably the one to beat and he’s marginally the favourite at the time of writing.

Much comes down to whether jockey Ryan Moore chooses to ride this talented three-year-old who ran impressively at Glorious Goodwood when finishing third in the Goodwood Cup Stakes on 28 July 2020, coming behind the legendary Stradivarius and Nayef Road.

However, there are lots of other lively contenders and Serpentine is another O’Brien charge who can’t easily be ignored, with this three-year-old having won the Epsom Derby on 4 July 2020 although we haven’t seen him at another racecourse since then.

Serpentine was very much an O’Brien second string horse before that Classic victory although now has the tantalising prospect of landing a Derby and St Leger double within the same year, with the horse previously obliging in an Irish Maiden race.

Can Love and Mogul Make an Impression in the St Leger?

Love is also a 2020 Classic winner after landing victory in the 2020 Epsom Oaks and it looks as though the filly could be sent to Doncaster to compete in the St Leger where she’ll take her chances and also receive a fillies’ allowance as part of the equation.

Love has previously won the 1000 Guineas Stakes this season and you would have to fancy her to go close, although she has been largely competing against other female horses and this would represent a step up in class.

As for Mogul, the horse underwhelmed at Royal Ascot when finishing fourth out of six in the King Edward VII Stakes despite being sent off as the 10/11 race favourite, while the same runner could only achieve a midfield position in the Derby although there was better in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where victory was achieved.

How to Bet on the 2020 St Leger

At the moment, there is an antepost betting market available with several online bookmakers when it comes to the 2020 St Leger. This means you can get some tasty prices about the potential runners and entries although the horses are not certain to be lining up in the race.

The best way forward is to wait until the week of the race and then look for confirmed entries. You can figure out the number of runners and how this affects the overall odds and the each-way places.

01/09/2019 - Il Paradiso backed to win St Leger at Doncaster

While Logician has been the talking horse for the St Leger in a couple of weeks’ time since that outstanding performance at the Ebor Festival, there has been a steady gamble on another runner in the race and this entry’s price could shorten further in the lead-up to the race.

Il Paradiso has been under the radar until the past few days where the horse has leapfrogged the likes of Sir Dragonet, Sir Ron Priestly and Constantinople in the betting market, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse now a lively contender for this race.

The three-year-old has run four times already this season, triumphing at Leopardstown in May when winning a maiden race, although the horse went on to flop in the Irish Derby when finishing seventh out of eight runners and few would have backed him to be a Classic winner at that stage.

However, the horse then shone when returning to The Curragh on 21 July and a recent third-placed finish behind Stradivarius and Dee Ex Bee at York suggests that Il Paradiso isn’t without a chance at Doncaster.

O’Brien said: "Il Paradiso is in good form and came out of York in good shape. We are very happy with him and looking at the Leger for him next.

"We could run three or four and everything we have entered are possibles at this stage. Constantinople is progressing slowly with each run but we feel the longer trip at Doncaster will suit him much better than the mile and a half did at York. He's getting there slowly.

"Broome is a possible for the race too, but not a definite. Sir Dragonet has the option of Doncaster, the Prix Niel or the Irish Champion Stakes. He will improve from his recent run at the Curragh and we have yet to decide where he will go. He has a lot of different options, as a lot of them do.”

Il Paradiso was trading at 14/1 for the St Leger earlier in the week, although O’Brien’s comments after his performance at York has seen the horse cut to single figures and there is sure to be further money for the runner.

It’s certainly made Ladbrokes sit up and take notice, with spokesperson Nicola McGeady claiming that the firm have run up decent liabilities on a horse that ran a career-best for the ratings at the Knavesmire.

She told us: "It looks like Il Paradiso will be the leading Aidan O'Brien hope for the St Leger this year, with a string of support in his favour this morning. However, Logician remains the worst result in the book, with continuous support since his impressive York performance.”

Japan is one of several talented horses that Aidan O’Brien has at his disposal, with the Irish trainer suggesting that the three-year-old will be lining up in the 2019 St Leger.

The Leger is the final Classic race of the Flat racing season, with Doncaster racecourse hosting this exciting tussle in September and we’re likely to see Japan sent off as favourite if he runs.

He’s currently trading as the 5/2 favourite after winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, although it’s worth bearing in mind that this was only a Group 2 race and it might require an improved performance to win this particular race.

On that occasion, Japan obliged at 6/4 and Ryan Moore is likely to be on board once again in south Yorkshire, with the horse having previously finished strongly at Ascot in the final furlong of the race.

There seemed to be plenty of people in the know about Japan before the King Edward VII Stakes and jockey Moore’s comments suggest that he’s the one to take all the beating.

He said: "This is a high-class colt. He's very good and he put them to bed very easily there.

"He was the best horse, it was just keeping it simple really. He could be more than a Leger horse, he's a good horse. He will be a very effective over a mile and a half."

O’Brien echoed his jockey’s thoughts, with the trainer pointing out that third place in the Epsom Derby meant that Japan had been no slouch.

"The Derby was a very good race, I don't think anyone realised what a good race it was – we can see what happened to Circus Maximus earlier in the week. They were all there together – it was a very high-class race," said O'Brien.

The trainer continued: "This is a very smart horse and he is coming forward lovely all the time, we couldn't be happier. He had a lovely run in the Dante, and he was just ready to go again, and came forward for the Derby.

"Wayne was delighted with him in the Derby, Wayne rides him in all his work. Everything has been right with him all the time and progressing all the time."

Stablemate Anthony Van Dyck will be bidding to win his second Classic of the Flat season if he lines up in the St Leger and a withdrawal from Japan would mean the Derby winner would be installed as favourite.

The three-year-old bypassed Royal Ascot after being beaten in the Irish Derby when sent off as 5/4 favourite. It was a slightly freakish result which saw Sovereign win at odds of 33/1 and it’s an interesting dilemma for O’Brien in terms of which horse goes to the big one at Doncaster.

It would also appear that Technician will be going to the St Leger, with the Martyn Meade-trained horse being prepared for the final classic of the season.

Having been disappointing in a Derby trial at Chester, the horse bounced back to run strongly in a Listed event over ten furlongs at Longchamp recently, with the horse now installed at 20/1 to win the race.

"He was in a similar situation to Advertise with what happened at Chester - we can just forget about that race," said Meade.

"He came out of his last race bouncing.

"I don't want to over-run him. I haven't got an absolute plan, but we'll think about running him in the next couple of weeks or so.

"He ran well enough over 10 furlongs, but ultimately we want to think about pushing him up in distance all the time. We think he's a mile-and-a-half horse."

He said: "I don't think the Leger will be too far by the time we get to then - hopefully he'll have had a couple of runs over a mile and a half by then.

"That is certainly a nice one to aim at.

"We may wait to run him in a Leger trial. The ultimate aim is Doncaster - so Goodwood (Gordon Stakes) might work well time-wise, and we want to pick some nice races for him."

St Leger FAQ

The St Leger takes place on Saturday 11 September 2021, with the race being scheduled at 3.35pm. There are a maximum of twenty horses that can line up for this fifth and final classic race of the UK flat season. Charlie Appleby is likely to have the race favourite either in the form of Hurricane Lane or Adayar.
Every bookmaker featured at will offer you racecards and betting opportunities when it comes to each day of the St Leger Festival. It’s a simple case of having a registered betting account and then funding your account before going ahead and placing bets on the action. You pick out a horse and then click to confirm your bet.
We don’t know the final St Leger field until the day before the race although the betting market indicates the horses most likely to run. The highest rated horses will make the cut and you can check out the Doncaster racecard to find out the latest entries for this prestigious race.
Many punters enjoy placing a bet on the St Leger and it certainly pays to study the form to try and work out the winner of the Doncaster races. You can also compare the bookmaker prices and notice whether odds about each horse are shortening or lengthening. Some punters will look to bet each-way in search of a profit.