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We run through all of the contenders for the St Leger at Doncaster

| 31.08.2018

After the conclusion of the Ebor Festival at York last week, attention now turns to the 2018 St Leger at Doncaster.

Nijinsky remains the most famous winner of this Classic back in 1970. But who will follow in his hoof-steps this time around, after Capri’s impressive success 12 months ago?

We’ve rounded up the ante-post angle below.


Kew Gardens is the 6/4 favourite for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The three-year-old has only won twice this season but both of those successes came over the St Leger distance of 1m 6f.

His main rival Lah Ti Dar is a 50-50 shot to run in the Classic. But you can still back the unbeaten filly at 11/2 after she returned from a 109-day break to bolt up by 10l at York last week.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby holds the last of the main entries with Old Persian at 10/1.

The Dubawi colt has handled the step up to 1m 4f well. He looks primed for the extra 2f at Doncaster after edging Cross Counter in a close run thing in the Great Voltigeur last time out.

Double-figure fancies

Rostropovich, Flag Of Honour and Latrobe head up the double-figure shouts at 10/1 apiece.

The latter beat the foremost of the trio to the Irish Derby in June before falling flat in the Juddmonte International last week. The step up to 1m 6f should help his cause.

Flag Of Honour is looking for a hat-trick over the distance after landing a pair of Group prizes at the Curragh. He has a chance on each-way terms as long as the ground holds out.

Well Farhh Go (11/1) should also go better in the St Leger, although this may come too soon for the progressing Raymond Tusk at 14/1.

Dee Ex Bee (16/1) usually runs well in elite company, and his chances will improve further should the heavens open ahead of the race.

Long-odds outsiders

St Leger winners don’t usually triumph at a big price. But it does happen. Encke won at 25/1 in 2012 and Harbour Law followed that up at odds of 22/1 in 2016.

Brundtland is two for two after getting home at Newmarket and Clairefontaine. This is tougher but don’t be surprised if his 20/1 quote shortens in the coming fortnight.

The Pentagon and Giuseppe Garibaldi are chalked up at the same price. Nelson and Sevenna Star have plenty to find at 33/1 apiece.

Cypress Creek (40/1), Zabriskie (66/1) and Proschema (100/1) round out the contenders given a price by our traders.

Click here for our St Leger odds.

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



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.