The St Leger stakes is the oldest Classic race in the world and dates back to 1776. As the feature race of the Doncaster St Leger Festival which takes place every September from Wednesday to Saturday, It is also the fifth and final Classic race in the British racing season and is confined to three-year-olds over a mile and three-quarters.
St Leger races in 2021 is from September 8th-11th.
Day of St Leger Stakes: Saturday | Time: 3:35 pm.
Galileo Chrome Trained by Joseph O’Brien is the 244thd and 2020 St Leger Festival winner.
It also concludes the British Triple Crown after the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby, last achieved by Nijinsky in 1970. Oh So Sharp completed the fillies’ Triple Crown of 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger for the late Sir Henry Cecil in 1985.
The Doncaster racecourse is in the heart of Yorkshire and the home of the St Leger.
Following a £34 million redevelopment in 2006, the racecourse now boasts an impressive five-storey grandstand. This includes private hospitality suites and a wide range of dining experiences.
The St Leger race was devised and named after Lieutenant Colonel Anthony St Leger, an army officer and politician. As well as the St Leger, Doncaster also stages the first big handicap of the flat turf season in the Lincoln.
The new flat turf season traditionally opens at Doncaster with the Brocklesby Stakes for two-year-olds over five furlongs. Doncaster also brings the curtain down on the flat turf racing season with the November Handicap.
Legend Of The Turf
The St Leger Festival stages a unique race for “Legends of the Turf” on the opening Wednesday where retired jockeys compete in a charity race over the straight mile.
The money raised goes to the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys. The race was introduced in 2010 with winning riders including Mick Kinane, Julie Krone and Tony McCoy.
Thursday is Ladies Day, one of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions featuring the Best Dressed Lady award. The first Doncaster Cup on Friday was in 1766, ten years before the inaugural running of the St Leger Festival.
The Group Two staying race is part of the British Champions’ Series and is one of the most prestigious staying races of the season. Three-time winner Double Trigger is remembered by a bronze statue adjacent to the main grandstand.
St Leger 2020 Recap
In a spectacular race, Galileo Chrome ran through the centre and piled his way to victory at the last furlong, winning by a neck length to Berkshire Rocco. Pyledriver who finished 3rd, lost speed at the very end of the last furlong. The top 3 results:
1st– Galileo Chrome (11/2) | Trainer: J. O’Brien | Jockey: S. Crosse
2nd– Berkshire Rocco ( 33/1) | Trainer: A. Balding | Jockey: A. Atzeni
3rd– Pyledriver (3/1) | Trainers: W. Muir | Jockey: M. Dwyer
St Leger Stakes 2021 Runners and Odds Ante Post
You can view below the early ante post for the 2021 St Leger Stakes.
is one of the finest traditional markets in England with some 400 shops, stalls and stands.
It has been held in the heart of the town for hundreds of years and occupies almost a quarter of the town’s pedestrian centre. It is open on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturdays and is well worth a visit.
Is a Fast growing wildlife attraction. It is situated just outside Doncaster with around 70 acres to explore including wallabies, polar bears and two of the endangered species of black rhino!
Two-year-olds Hodari and Dayo arrived in 2016 after an 800-mile trip from Berlin zoo.
If you have children to entertain, Doncaster provides the best in both indoor and outdoor facilities. The indoor Monkey Playhouse has tree houses, high rope walks and slides to provide hours of fun.
Alternatively, the outdoor Forest Adventure Playground and Safari Village provide ample entertainment for all of the family!
tells the story of the town from the end of the last Ice age to the present day.
The building is also home to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum. Better still, it is absolutely free to visit!
is combined with a garden centre. The steam museum displays fine examples of stationary steam engines, marine steam engines and steam pumps.
Where to Stay
Doncaster may not have a variety of hotels, but there are some quality places to stay. Here are 4 options you can choose from:
Holiday Inn Express Doncaster is a 3-star hotel notable for their excellent service and great value for money. It is situated in Balby, just two minutes from the M18 Motorway. This modern facility offers air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi and parking for up to 70 cars.
Grand St Leger Hotel is a 3-star hotel at Bennetthorpe, adjacent to Doncaster racecourse. It has a fine-dining restaurant and a bar decorated with racing memorabilia.
The hotel is a mixture of traditional and modern styles with luxurious en-suite rooms. Grand St Leger Hotel is ideally placed for visiting the local museums and galleries and has been welcoming guests since 2007.
Park Inn by Radisson is a contemporary hotel, only a mile and a half from Doncaster Train Station and Doncaster City Centre. It is also just 2 minutes from the Lakeside Designer Shopping Outlet and within easy reach of the racecourse.
Each of the spacious bedrooms has a walk-in power shower and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Relax with a drink in the lobby bar or dine in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel bar and grill.
Ramada Encore Doncaster in First Avenue, Auckley is only a 2-minute walk from Robin Hood Airport terminal. It boasts spacious bedrooms while the newly refurbished HUB Bar and Lounge serves a wide range of wines, beers and spirits plus modern European meals.
All rooms are fully air-conditioned with a modern bathroom with power shower. It is only fifteen minutes from the track and easily accessible via the M1, M62 and A1.
Where to Eat
The Doncaster racecourse offers exclusive dining for groups of 20 or more. Enjoy superb views of the course when you step out on to your own private balcony. The Cusworth Menu includes coffee and biscuits on arrival, champagne reception and a luxury four-course plated lunch.
Whitby’s Fish & Chips
If you are looking for really local food, where better than Whitby’s Fish and Chip Restaurant! It is less than a mile from the Doncaster racecourse and prides itself on serving the top quality fish and chips.
You can choose to try Whitby’s fresh fish battered, floured or poached. There is even a gluten-free option available so that anyone can still enjoy the large while flakes of succulent fish.
Nando’s at Herton Triangle, spices things up for you. Why not try a fillet Steak and chargrilled veg wrap? Or perhaps you would prefer the flame-grilled beef steak marinated in peri-peri with chargrilled vegetables and wild garlic aioli mayonnaise, served in a wrap.
How to Get There
Robin Hood Airport is less than seven miles from the Racecourse, with flights to several European destinations. Apart from London, Doncaster is also within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds and East Midlands airports.
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The racecourse is just two-and-a-half miles from Doncaster Train Station which is on the main London-Edinburgh line.
It is only an hour and three-quarters by rail from London and three hours from Edinburgh. A Shuttle Bus service is available from the interchange at regular intervals on race days.
Doncaster racecourse is within easy reach of the town’s Rail Station, Robin Hood Airport and several major road links.
It is easily accessible from nearby Sheffield and Leeds, whilst links to the A1, M1, M18 and M62 for other areas of the UK.
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St Leger Stakes History
The St Leger Stakes is the longest of the five Classic races and puts the emphasis on stamina. It was originally run over two miles with the inaugural running held at Cantley Common in 1776.
The first winner was Allabaculia, a filly owned by the event’s organiser, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham.
The St Leger Stakes was moved to its present location on Town Moor, Doncaster in 1778. The first Derby winner to win the St Leger was Champion in 1800.
The distance was cut to 1 mile, 6 furlongs in 1813 with the British Triple Crown first achieved forty years later by West Australian.
The St Leger Stakes was cancelled in 1939 due to the outbreak of World War II with the following year’s race held at Thirsk.
The St Leger also visited Manchester (1941), Newmarket (1942–44) and York (1945) during the war years.
The race was switched to Ayr in 1989 after the scheduled running at Doncaster was abandoned due to subsidence on the track.
The 2006 St Leger took place at York while Doncaster was closed for redevelopment.
The race has been the inspiration for a number of similar events around the world, including the Irish St Leger which was opened up to older horses in 1983.
The winning-most jockey in St Leger history is Bill Scott with nine wins between 1821 and 1846. The most successful trainer was John Scott with sixteen victories between 1827 and 1862.
Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton, also enjoyed great success as an owner with seven winners between 1786 and 1814.
John Gosden’s Masked Marvel set a new record time for the race of 3m 00.44s in 2011. Never Say Die won by a record 12 lengths in 1954 while Theodore was the longest price winner at 200-1 in 1822.