2021 St Leger Festival betting preview and tips

The 2021 St Leger Festival takes place between 9-12 September, with racing fans able to study the race card over four days of high quality horse racing in their bid to try and back a few winners. Although there won’t be any spectators at Doncaster Racecourse for this meeting, there is still the opportunity to enjoy the Festival and it all build up to the St Leger which is the fifth and final Classic race of the UK Flat season.

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Access the 2021 St Leger Racecards and Enjoy Horse Racing Bets

The Doncaster St Leger is one of the biggest horse races in the flat racing season and you can currently access the St Leger racecards to find out the latest runners and riders. Looking at the race cards will help you understand the horses running and their accompanying odds, with the prices reflecting the probability of each runner winning.

Santiago is trading as the current favourite on the 2021 racecard for the Doncaster St Leger, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse having enjoyed an impressive start to his racing career. As a two-year-old, there were second-placed finishes at Listowel and Galway although the runner has really peaked as a three-year-old.

Ryan Moore was on board when the runner obliged in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, with Santiago going off at 100/30 for that encounter, while favourite backers were delighted when the same horse won the Irish Derby at 2/1 later in June.

There will be some stiff competition and a glance at the latest Doncaster racecard highlights that Serpentine is the current second favourite, with this being another O’Brien horse that will arrive in Yorkshire with a strong track record.

The horse was the recent English Derby winner at a massive price of 25/1 and the big question is whether he can now follow it up with another triumph at the 2020 St Leger meeting, with the horse having won a Maiden Stakes before landing the big one at Epsom.

Wednesday 8 September

Punters will be able to access the Day 1 racecard for the St Leger Festival and the notable race on the Wednesday is the Scarbrough Stakes which is run over five furlongs. This is known as Leger Legends Day and there is plenty of charity fundraising to go with a top class race card, with the charity race being run over a straight mile.

Thursday 9 September

Although Ladies Day 2020 might be missing some of the glitz and sparkle of previous years, there is still the opportunity to go through the Doncaster racecard and bet on races such as the Sceptre Stakes and Park Hill Stakes. The Park Hill Stakes is a Group 2 encounter which is run over a mile and six furlongs, with Ralph Beckett proving successful as a trainer in 2016 and 2017.

Friday 10 September

The St Leger Festival really starts hotting up on Day Three of the meeting, with the Doncaster Cup taking centre stage and this is a hugely historic renewal which was first inaugurated in 1766. The distance of the race is over two miles and the great Stradivarius claimed the 2019 renewal, with the John Gosden horse potentially back to retain his crown this time around.

Other races include the Flying Childers Stakes and the May Hill Stakes which are also Group 2 races, with punters able to locate them on the Doncaster St Leger Day 3 racecards and go through the latest runners and riders.

Saturday 11 September

We finally arrive at St Leger day, with all roads leading to this brilliant race where it’s the final opportunity for leading owners, trainers and jockeys to land a classic success. We have a quality Day 4 race card that includes the Champagne Stakes, the Portland Handicap and the Park Stakes, all prestigious renewals which will attract some star names.

However, the Doncaster St Leger betting is the most popular and this is a tussle over one mile and six furlongs. Due to it being similar distanced to the Derby, several horses have managed to land the Derby – St Leger double over the years and recent winners have included Logician, Kew Gardens and Capri.


Last year meeting preview

The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse has an entry into the Juddmonte International Stakes at York before heading to the St Leger, with the three-year-old having recently won the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.

Japan was also an impressive winner at the Royal Ascot meeting, with the 6/4 favourite claiming victory in the King Edward VII Stakes and this could mean he’s the horse to beat at Doncaster.

Other horses in the betting for the 2019 St Leger are Logician, Anthony Van Dyck and Sovereign, with the market likely to take shape as we get closer to the start of the race.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that Anthony Van Dyck won the Epsom Derby considering that the stablemate of Japan recently flopped on an outing at Ascot after previously missing out in the Irish Derby.

It was actually Sovereign who touched off his rival when this race took place on 29 June, while his performance in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes clearly something go amiss.

As for Sovereign, that Irish Derby win was off the charts considering that the Aidan O’Brien horse had previously finished tenth out of thirteen in the Epsom Derby, with the horse having twice been beaten by Broome at Leopardstown.

The St Leger Festival Begins on Thursday

While the William Hill St Leger race is run on Saturday, we have plenty of racing to take place before this Classic and the action begins on Thursday when thousands of racegoers descend on the south Yorkshire track to cheer on the horses they are backing.

The Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes is run over six-and-a-half furlongs, with Monarch Of Egypt likely to be among the favourites to win a race which can be unpredictable simply because you have unproven young horses.

Aidan O’Brien has seen his charge finish in the first two for the first three runs of the season, although the past two outings have seen Monarch Of Egypt wind up in second place and perhaps he’ll find one too good for him in this race.

Glasvegas is second in the ratings for the race and the Keith Dalgleish-trained runner has also shone on the racecourse this season, with a winning performance at Hamilton followed by a third-placed finish behind Southern Hills at Royal Ascot.

Considering the horse was 25/1 for the Windsor Castle Stakes, this was an impressive run.

Park Stakes and Champagne Stakes Take Place on Saturday

There is also a full card of quality racing on the Friday of the St Leger Festival, although there is an absolute treat when it comes to the Saturday card, with the Park Stakes and Champagne Stakes both Group 2 encounters which look to be intriguing affairs.

The Park Stakes is a seven furlong encounter, with owner Hamdam Al Maktoum having two lively contenders in the form of Jash and Khaadem. The former is trained by Simon Crisford and he announced himself with a victory in the Betway King Charles II Stakes before a more modest performance in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

As for Khaadem, he was also in that Commonwealth Cup race and found the going a bit too hot, although we should note that this was a Group 1 encounter and there have been plenty of other bright notes.

Most recently, the three-year-old won the Unibet Stewards’ Cup over six furlongs, obliging as favourite at odds of 4/1 and the Jim Crowley-trained horse could be the one to back for this encounter.

Limato and Sir Dancealot are also level with the above two horses on the latest ratings, with the former an experienced seven-year-old who has the chance to run a big race despite finishing stone last in the Darley July Cup Stakes at Newmarket.

Previously to this, Limato won the Criterion Stakes at the same track and could act on the Doncaster turf, while Sir Dancealot scored victory in the Qatar Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs, with a credible fourth position in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes.

The Champagne Stakes can have a maximum field of 22 horses and Pinatubo could line up in this race and put his 100% record on the line. The Charlie Appleby-trained horse has scored four successive victories in 2019 and the two-year-old really shone at the Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Pinatubo won the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes as the 6/4 favourite, with James Doyle likely to ride the horse once again and there was a previous victory at Royal Ascot in the Chesham Stakes which illustrates that the horse can act at different courses.

St Leger Festival FAQ

The 2020 renewal of the St Leger Stakes takes place on Saturday 12 September and generally goes off at around 3pm. It will take place at Doncaster Racecourse on the final day of the four-day St Leger Festival, with this being one of the biggest races on the UK Flat horse racing calendar.
Every bookmaker featured at Racing-Odds.com 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 recommend comparing the racing odds so that you have the biggest odds for the St Leger Stakes and the other big races as part of this four-day meeting. You can use the prices on the Racing-Odds.com odds grid and pick out the bookies that have the value odds, punters able to constantly get the value.
At Racing-Odds.com, we will provide the ultimate lowdown when it comes to the St Leger Festival. We can give readers in-depth betting tips along with racecards that are packed with useful information. You can study the latest form for each horse and work out where they are likely to finish in the next race. You can also see trainer and jockey information along with accompanying odds.