The final British Classic of the season takes place at Doncaster on Saturday 12th September and the St Leger remains the ultimate test of stamina for the three-year-old class.
St Leger Day 4 Tips & Predictions
The main event of the week at Doncaster looms up on Saturday afternoon. The St Leger is the final British Classic of the season and features a rags-to-riches would-be winner in Pyledriver. Can he topple his rivals on Town Moor?
The seven-race Doncaster card (1.15pm-5.15pm) includes Group 2s via the Champagne Stakes and the Park Stakes as well as the Portland Handicap, and you can watch all the action via live streaming when logged into MansionBet.
Our tipster reveals his selections for the fourth and final day of the St Leger Festival.
1.15 – Sky Sport Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap (1m)
It’s unlikely Matthew Flinders has reached his peak just yet and any rain would help for King Ottaker. They are considered alongside Teston, who ran well in a French Listed race earlier this summer, but MAGICAL MORNING is the selection.
A C&D winner on debut in June for John Gosden, things haven’t gone as well in Listed company at Ascot or on handicap bow at Glorious Goodwood, but a return to this flat track might prompt improvement on what could be a sparkling afternoon for Frankie Dettori.
Tip: Magical Morning @
1.50 – bet365 Champagne Stakes (Group 2, 7f)
This looks a real duel between Albasheer and CHINDIT, with preference for the Richard Hannon contender. Owen Burrows’ colt was visually very impressive on debut over C&D in July and clocked a fast time to boot, beating Alablaq with more authority than Chindit had done earlier in that month here.
However, that same afternoon the Hannon colt was taking a Listed event at Ascot impressively, form that has worked out exceptionally well. He’s battle-hardened from that run and can come out best in this clash of the unbeaten colts.
Tip: Chindit @
2.25 – bet365 Portland Handicap (5½f)
Tough stuff as always in the Portland. MERAAS was jostling for favouritism in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood amidst a progressive campaign and ran a fine race.
His subsequent run dropped to 5f (soft) in a York apprentice race is readily forgiven and he’s a contender again now. Wedding Date was close at Goodwood and the filly continues to run well in this sort of company – she’s a big price for each-way players.
Tip: Meraas @
3.00 – bet365 Park Stakes (Group 2, 7f)
Limato won this in 2015 and while he clearly retains plenty of ability based on June’s Newmarket success, no eight-year-old has landed this prize and so history is against Henry Candy’s star servant.
He was the most recent three-year-old to win and WICHITA may strike a blow for the Classic generation now. He was second to Molatham over C&D at this meeting a year ago. His early-season mile runs in Group 1 company were hugely promising and while he was below that form in the Maurice De Gheest since, he was taking on out-and-out sprinters that day.
This track and trip may be ideal and Dettori is a bonus in the saddle.
Tip: Wichita @
3.35 – Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1, 1m6½f)
Unwanted at the sales but Pyledriver now finds himself favourite for Classic glory. Quite a story but there’s a lingering worry that this thorough stamina test will not be what he wants and the fairytale might fade accordingly.
Hukum is progressing fast and a danger, but this looks ideal for Irish Derby winner SANTIAGO and that man Dettori.
The Queen’s Vase over this trip was his most polished display and he lost nothing in defeat behind Stradivarius and Nayef Road in the Goodwood Cup (2m).
Back against his own peer-group, he’s got excellent claims of giving both trainer and rider their respective seventh St Leger wins. Berkshire Rocco chased him home at Royal Ascot and ran well behind Pyledriver at York – don’t rule him out of the places at a fancy price.
Tip: Santiago @
4.05 – Matthew Clark Nursery (1m)
He was turned over at odds-on last time at Haydock but LEGEND OF DUBAI might be up to a winning nursery bow.
That winner ran well in a Listed contest subsequently and he can have solid claims of turning over recent Goodwood scorer Lone Eagle on a line through the runner-up, Oman.
Tip: Legend Of Dubai @
5.15 – Magners Dark Fruit Cider Handicap (1m4f)
Spanish Archer bested AL MUFFRIH at Ripon in July after a sustained battle in the home straight that also included the third home, The Trader.
William Haggas’ challenger – the favourite that day – was very much the meat in the sandwich and could easily have been intimated by the pair on either side leaning towards him.
He’s better off on these terms and the fitting of first-time cheekpieces may also help him. He can turn things around with his old rival, who was well held since at Ascot, on his way to victory.
Tip: Al Muffrih @
*All odds correct at time of writing
St Leger Stakes Day Preview
The St Leger Stakes is the world’s oldest classic horse race. Run over a tough and demanding one-mile-six-and-a-half-furlong trip, the St Leger will force its participants to dig deep into their reserves to taste Classic glory, going a full quarter of a mile further than in The Derby at Epsom.
Alongside the main event, the Festival’s showpiece day also features top-class races including the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, the Group 2 Park Stakes and the fast and furious, ultra-competitive sprint – the Portland Handicap.
The St Leger is of course the third and final leg of the Classic ‘Triple Crown’ in Britain’s calendar – following on from the 2,000 Guineas and The Derby or (for the fillies’) the 1,000 Guineas and The Oaks.
The Triple Crown hasn’t been completed since Nijinsky in 1970, with 2012 St Leger runner-up Camelot coming closest, only to be denied by outside Encke at Doncaster.
MansionBet players can watch every race from Doncaster’s St Leger Festival via live streaming when logged into MansionBet UK.
The full second day programme is below.
|1.15pm||Handicap Stakes||1m||3YO+ £40,000.00|
|1.50pm||Champagne Stakes (Group 2)||7f||2YO £60,000.00|
|2.25pm||Portland Handicap Stakes||5½f||3YO+ £50,000.00|
|2.00pm||Park Stakes (Group 2)||7f||3YO+ £80,000.00|
|3.35pm||St Leger Stakes (Group 1)||1m6½f||3YO £350,000.00|
|4.05pm||Nursery Handicap Stakes||1m||2YO £20,000.00|
|4.40pm||Handicap Stakes||1m4f||3YO+ £35,000.00|
St Leger Festival Day 4: St Leger Day Racecard September 12th 2020
A look at the make-up of the final afternoon at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival with information on all seven races and some previous winners of the feature events on St Leger Day.
Race 1 – 1.15pm – HANDICAP STAKES (1m)
St Leger Day is full of valuable handicaps on the card and this mile event for horses aged three-years and up kicks things off to launch a Classic afternoon on the Yorkshire turf.
|2019||Qaysar||Richard Hannon||Pat Dobbs||13/8|
|2018||Ostilio||Simon Crisford||Andrea Atzeni||6/4fav|
|2017||Kryptos||John Berry||Nicola Currie||9/2|
Race 2 – 1.50pm – CHAMPAGNE STAKES (Group 2, 7f)
A Group 2 contest for two-year-olds the Champagne Stakes is run over seven-furlongs and can often act as a stepping stone towards the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and a shot at becoming the champion two-year-old in Britain. Too Darn Hot in 2018 was the most recent colt to complete the Doncaster/Newmarket double.
|2019||Threat||Richard Hannon||Pat Dobbs||6/5fav|
|2018||Too Darn Hot||John Gosden||Frankie Dettori||4/11fav|
|2017||Seahenge||Aidan O’Brien||Donnacha O’Brien||8/1|
Race 3 – 2.25pm – PORTLAND HANDICAP STAKES (5½f)
The Portland Handicap is a tough and demanding sprint across Doncaster open to horses aged three-years and up. It tends to attract a large field and is something of a cavalry charge. This prestigious event was landed in 2019 by Oxted, Roger Teal’s charge showing his class in 2020 by winning the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.
|2019||Oxted||Roger Teal||Cieren Fallon||14/1|
|2018||A Momentofmadness||Charles Hills||William Buick||25/1|
|2017||Spring Loaded||Paul D’Arcy||Joey Haynes||12/1|
Race 4 – 3.00pm – PARK STAKES (Group 2, 7f)
The Group 2 Park Stakes precedes the St Leger and is a seven-furlong test open to horses aged three-years and up. The trip on this track means it can often attract speedy sports, with Group 1-winning sprinter Limato taking the prize in 2015.
|2019||Sir Dancealot||David Elsworth||Gerald Mosse||11/4|
|2018||Mustashry||Sir Michael Stoute||Jim Crowley||5/2fav|
|2017||Aclaim||Martyn Meade||Oisin Murphy||3/1|
Race 5 – 3.35pm – ST LEGER STAKES (Group 1, 1m6½f)
The most exacting test of stamina that the Classic generation face, the St Leger will test the resolve of the three-year-olds as they go into unchartered waters over an extended mile-and-three-quarters trip. The St Leger is the oldest of Britain’s five Classics and it is the last to be run each year.
|2019||Logician||John Gosden||Frankie Dettori||5/6fav|
|2018||Kew Gardens||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||3/1|
|2017||Capri||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||3/1fav|
Race 6 – 4.05pm – NURSERY HANDICAP STAKES (1m)
A one-mile nursery contest follows up the main dish of the afternoon on St Leger Day at Doncaster. This race can throw up some promising juveniles and is one to pay attention to with the future in mind.
|2019||Lucander||Ralph Beckett||Rob Hornby||9/1|
|2018||Leroy Leroy||Richard Hannon||Andrea Atzeni||4/1|
|2017||Westerland||John Gosden||Frankie Dettori||13/8fav|
Race 7 – 4.40pm – HANDICAP STAKES (1m4f)
The final act of the St Leger Festival is a handicap over the mile-and-a-half journey and this contest is open to horses aged three-years and up. A competitive end to four days of brilliant Flat racing on one of the north’s outstanding venues.
|2019||Kitaabaat||David Simcock||Andrea Atzeni||6/4|
|2018||Byron Flyer||Ian Williams||William Buick||9/2|
|2017||Game Starter||Saeed bin Suroor||Oisin Murphy||5/6fav|
Betting on St Leger Festival Day 4 with MansionBet UK
Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago has been popular in the ante-post betting to give the trainer a third St Leger success in four years, while bargain purchase Pyledriver could give trainer William Muir a big chance of Classic success on the back of his impressive Great Voltigeur win at York.
Look out for MansionBet’s special offers and promotions for the St Leger Festival at Doncaster. We’ll have extra-place races, best odds guaranteed, new customer offers and our Beaten by a Head or Less money-back offer on selected races.
Also be sure to check out the racing section of our blog for daily tipping advice from our racing experts and brand ambassador Hayley Turner on the St Leger Day 4 racecard.