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St Leger betting

| 11.09.2013

Finding the winner from the St Leger betting can be an envious task, with many different branches of research that have to be merged together in an attempt to narrow the entrants down to a final selection.

Depending on which research path a person decides to trek, this will often determine who their last horse standing is.

For example, John Gosden has saddled three of the last six St Leger winners and in the two of the three years that he didn’t in this period, he didn’t have a runner entered.

This is a big tick in the box of Excess Knowledge (10/3) and Feel Like Dancing (20/1) this time.

Excess Knowledge finished second in the Gordon Stakes last time at York and of the five winners of that race that have attempted to double up in the St Leger in the last decade, none have finished worse than fourth.

Cap O’Rushes triumphed this year and so has worthy each-way claims at 20/1 in the St Leger odds. He is also the only entrant with a 100 per cent-winning strike rate on good ground, which is what conditions are forecast to be at Doncaster.

The St Leger has not been a race for favourites in recent years, with the shortest-priced winner of the last five renewals being 15/2. Therefore, it may pay to look at something a bit lower down the betting.

Talent fits this trend at 12/1, but a filly hasn’t won the St Leger since User Friendly in 1992. However, fillies do have a decent record of finishing in the first three, especially those to have already registered Group 1 glory, which Talent has through winning the Epsom Oaks earlier this season.

Given that no horse with an official rating lower than 100 has even placed in the St Leger in the last 10 years, the chances of Great Hall, London Bridge and Ralston Road are hard to get excited about.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.