The St Leger Stakes

Saturday, 10th September 2011

The St. Leger Stakes is the last event in three intertwined series of races; the British Classic Races, the English Triple Crown and the Fillies' Triple Crown. The Classic Races are comprised of the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the Epsom Oaks, the Epsom Derby and, finally, the St. Leger Stakes. The 1,000 Guineas Stakes and the Epsom Oaks are the first two legs of the Fillies' Triple Crown; the 2,000 Guineas Stakes and the Epsom Derby are the first two races of the English Triple Crown series. The St. Leger Stakes conclude both series, meaning there can never be a Fillies' Triple Crown champion and a Triple Crown champion in one season.

Doncaster Racecourse hosts the event annually in September over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards. It is the longest race of the English Classics series and has spawned a variety of international spin-offs. The world-wide versions of the St. Leger Stakes include the Prix Royal-Oak in France, the Irish St. Leger, the German Deutsches St. Leger and the St. Leger Italiano. The original St. Leger is worth £500,000, one of the most valuable races of the British racing season. It is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds colts and fillies.

The St. Leger Stakes were introduced in 1776 but did not become hugely popular until 1800, when the racing world got a first taste of what would become the Triple Crown. A horse by the name of Champion won not only the St. Leger Stakes but also the Epsom Derby in the 1800 racing season. Half a century later, in 1853, the triple win of West Australian in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger Stakes, finally elevated the race to its current glory by turning it into the deciding event of the Triple Crown.

Recent Winners of the St. Leger Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Arctic Cosmos

William Buick

John Gosden

3:03.12

2009

Mastery

Ted Durcan

Saeed Bin Suroor

3:04.81

2008

Conduit

Frankie Dettori

Sir Michael Stoute

3:07.92

2007

Lucarno

Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden

3:01.90

2006

Sixties Icon

Frankie Dettori

Jeremy Noseda

2:57.29

2005

Scorpion

Frankie Dettori

Aidan O'Brien

3:19.01

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