St Leger Festival - Doncaster

The last of the Great British Classics this season, the St Leger Stakes, is fast approaching and there is much to look forward to. This four day festival takes place at Doncaster racecourse from 13th - 16th September with plenty of action jam packed into each day. The St Leger is the oldest of the five British Classic races and the last to take place this season. Known as the most prestigious races in the world, the Classics form what is known as the Triple Crown which, was last claimed by Nijinsky in 1970. There is a saying that suggests that “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby - and the best horse wins the St Leger.”.

The festival starts on the Wednesday 13th with a charity race whereby retired jockey legends dust off their boots and breeches and get back in the saddle for a 1 mile contest. Money raised goes to two very deserving causes, the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House; a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys. Thursday is Ladies Day where fashionistas can parade their stylish outfits in a bid to win best dressed. The penultimate day offers the gentlemen an opportunity to dress to impress. The Doncaster Cup takes place on this day as well as other spectacles such as sports car displays and laser clay pigeon shooting. The showpiece of the week is the William Hill St Leger Stakes which, takes place on the Friday over a distance of 1m 6f. The winner of the Group 1 feature race will take home an incredible £700,000.

Last year saw George Baker giving a brilliant ride to go on and win on Laura Mongan trained Harbour Law, who only had a Maiden and minor handicap win to his name and went off at 22-1. This year there is a glint of hope in Aidan O'Brien's eye for a fifth victory in this race as one of the 12 potential entries for the 2017 running is son of Galileo, Capri. Speaking of numerous winings, Frankie Dettori has had an incredible spin round this course for the St Leger and has passed the winning post first on five occasions. Other potential contenders for the 2017 Classic include Sir Michael Stoute’s, Crystal Ocean, who won the Goodwood’s Gordon Stakes earlier in August.  

Doncaster racecourse is situated in the heart of South Yorkshire where both Flat and National Hunt races take place throughout the year. There are several options for tickets and hospitality. RacingBreaks offers grandstand tickets for the St Leger Friday for only £35!! County, Premier and Family enclosures are also available to buy for the the festival. But, make sure to book now before sell out!! An enjoyable week of racing, fun and frolics not to be missed!

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Olivia Spiller