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The Cazoo St Leger Stakes

3.00pm Doncaster

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  • Distance 1m 6f 132y
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £700,000

History

The St Leger is the final Classic of the British Flat season, the longest in distance and the oldest in years. Open to three-year-old colts and fillies and staged in September at Doncaster over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards (2,920 metres), the race began life in 1776. The event was thought up by Anthony St. Leger, an army officer and politician living near Doncaster. It was originally run over two miles, with colts carrying 8st, and fillies 7st 12lb.

The St Leger is the final leg of the English Triple Crown, following the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the Investec Derby. It also completes the Fillies’ Triple Crown, which begins with the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and the Investec Oaks.

Camelot was the most recent horse to head to Doncaster following victories in the Newmarket and Epsom Classics in 2012 but the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt could only finish second to Encke, who provided Godolphin with a sixth success in the race. O’Brien gained some consolation a year later when he won the race for the fourth time courtesy of Leading Light.

One of the best recent winners was Conduit in 2007, for trainer Sir Michael Stoute (his first St Leger victory, completing his full house of English classic races).  In his next start Conduit was triumphant in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the USA and the following year he won that race again, preceded by a famous victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Current leading jockey: Frankie Dettori, 6 wins (1995-6, 2005-6, 2008, 2019)
Current leading trainer: Aidan O’Brien, 6 wins (2001, 2003, 2005, 2013, 2017, 2018)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money

Entries

Going/Track

Weather

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Hurricane Lane blows field away to win Cazoo St Leger

The Godolphin-owned son of Frankel dominated his rivals to win the final Classic of the season

The Charlie Appleby-trained Hurricane Lane asserted his authority with a dominant display in the Cazoo St Leger Stakes.

Coming into the race the son of Frankel had only tasted defeat once in six starts and was well fancied at 8/11 to land Classic honours on Town Moor.

Hollie Doyle cut out the running aboard the Aidan O’Brien-trained Interpretation, with Mojo Star settling in second and Hurricane Lane positioned in mid-division.

The hot favourite travelled kindly under William Buick before being asked to improve with three furlongs to go. The result was instantaneous as the Irish Derby winner burst clear in great style in front of a huge crowd.

Mojo Star who had previously finished ahead of the winner at Epsom stuck on well to claim his second Classic silver medal. A tilt at longer distances next season was mooted by trainer Richard Hannon.

Speaking after the race, winning jockey Buick commented “ It worked out beautifully. You never know until you go this far with a three-year-old.

“He took me into the race so nicely and he’s got that turn of foot at the end. He’s a great horse.”

Attentions turn to Paris for the winner who is now fancied to contest the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Trriomphe, where he could face stablemate Adayar among other.

Results

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The Course

Doncaster’s local authorities tried to ban horseracing a few years ago – well, 400 years ago, to be exact – because of the hordes of ruffians that the races attracted.

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

Eventually, they gave up, marking out a racecourse instead. The result? One of the country’s biggest horseracing centres and the home of two of the world’s oldest races, the Doncaster Cup and the Ladbrokes St Leger. Both feature in the QIPCO British Champions Series

The south Yorkshire venue, also known as Town Moor, is a left-handed, pear-shaped track, with courses for both Flat and Jump racing. A £34 million facelift, concluding in 2007, transformed it into one of the most modern in Europe. As for Doncaster’s ruffians, they’ve moved on, replaced by real horse connoisseurs. When the venue staged Britain’s first Sunday race meeting in 1992, 23,000 people turned up… even though betting was not allowed on the Sabbath.

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Getting there

Doncaster Racecourse,
The Grandstand,
Leger Way,
Doncaster,
DN2 6BB

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