St Leger Marks Final Classic of Flat Season
While it could well be argued that this weekend is all about the St Leger at Doncaster, there is plenty more besides in a packed couple of days of top quality horse racing action.
As well as the big race itself, we also have the Irish St Leger taking place at the Curragh on Sunday, while the Irish Champion Stakes runs at Leopardstown on Saturday. Add to that the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, running just prior to the St Leger, as well as meetings at Bath, Lingfield and Chester among others and racing punters have a feast to savour this weekend.
St Leger Could Go to a Filly
The St Leger, the final of the flat season Classics to be run, sets off at 3.35 at Doncaster and unusually (in recent times) it is a filly that is likely to go off as the favourite. John Gosden’s Lah Ti Dar has been mighty impressive in her short career to date, and there’s a fair chance she’ll run to success in the big race of the weekend. You can get the full lowdown on the race in our St Leger 2018 race preview.
Aside from the big race, the Doncaster card also has the aforementioned Champagne Stakes, which has a red hot favourite with a rather appropriate name: Too Darn Hot. Let’s see if the colt lives up to his name.
With four handicaps on the Doncaster card too, there could be some interesting each way options, especially in the opening race at 1.50 which has 22 runners, all but one of which are currently trading at double-digit odds.
Irish St Leger at the Curragh
A day after the English version, the Irish St Leger runs at the Curragh in Ireland at 4.50. With six runners, this is a competitive field which could well come down to a father and son between Aidan O’Brien’s Flag Of Honour and his son Joseph’s Latrobe. Having said that, John Gosden’s Weekender, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, could have something to say about that.
With three other Group 1 races on the card, this meeting at the Curragh is well worth taking a look at, with the 3.40 throwing up a good value 4/1 favourite in the form of Skitter Scatter.
The Leopardstown meeting on Saturday feature five Group races including the aforementioned Irish Champion Stakes. With eight runners, the Champion Stakes has a strong favourite with the odds-on Roaring Lion, who has won six out of 10 races to date. We think there could be better value in backing the second favourite, Saxon Warrior, however as he wasn’t far behind Roaring Lion at Sandown in July.
There are plenty of handicaps to get stuck into on the Chester card on Saturday, meanwhile, with five in total. The 4.30 looks of particular interest for those seeking longer odds bets.