St. Leger Stakes: What you need to know about the 2020 race

Published 2020/07/06

St. Leger Stakes: What you need to know about the 2020 race

The St. Leger Stakes will run September 9th to 12th at Doncaster Racecourse and will be one of the biggest festivals to take place after horse racing restarted in June. Unfortunately, this year’s event will not see the average 58,000 attendees turn out as all of the races will be held behind closed doors. Punters are growing with excitement over the legendary British race and seeing the horses that could go on to win even more races. Punters can get the latest news about the Grand National race ahead of St. Leger and get tips on the horses they believe will run to victory. With St. Leger just around the corner, here is what you need to know about the race festival.

Why is the St. Leger Festival a favourite race for horse racing bettors?

Summer is one of the best times to be a horse racing fan and bettor. It is the time of the year that the five Classics of British horse racing are run, and St. Leger is the oldest of the five festivals. Established in 1776, St. Leger is always the last of the five Classics to take place and challenges horses in the St. Leger Stakes race with a distance of one-mile and six-furlongs. The St. Leger Stakes is the marquee event of the festival and features three-year-old fillies and colts. It is a can’t miss event for punters and all of the other races at the festival merely lead up to it.

Great Britain has five Classic horse races in total. Joining the St. Leger Stakes as Classic races are the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes – which are run at Newmarket –, the Epsom Oaks, and Epsom Derby – run at Epsom Downs. The St. Leger Stakes race is the third jewel in the Triple Crown of British flats horse racing. It is the final leg of the crown with the 2,000 Guineas and Derby being the other two jewels.

A four-day festival not to be missed.

The St. Leger Stakes is the main event of the festival at Doncaster Racecourse. Run on September 12th, all eyes in the British horse racing world will be on the event. Although the Stakes is the biggest race, the four-day festival features some of the top flat course racing horses in the sport.

The Stakes is one of the best paying races of the summer with £700,000 on offer in prize money for the race. The 2019 winner, Logician, claimed nearly £400,000 in winnings for his performance in the race. Of the five Classics, the St. Leger Stakes is the best paying.

The 2019 St. Leger Festival race card featured 29 races in total. Punters have a minimum of seven races per day to watch and wager on. While the St. Leger Stakes is the main event of the festival other top races include the Doncaster Cup, Champagne Stakes, and Weatherby’s Racing Bank.

St. Leger Festival 2020 is set to be another big race event at Doncaster and all eyes will be on the fifth Classic race of the season.