The St. Leger Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race held every year at Doncaster Racecourse in September.  This 1 mile, 6 furlong and 132 yard race that is held on turf is open to three year old Thoroughbred race horses.  The St. Leger Stakes is the last of Britain’s five Classics horse races, which also makes it the last race in the English Triple Crown and the Fillies Triple Crown.  Needless to say there can be a lot riding on the St. Leger Stakes if the same horses have won the previous two English Triple Crown or Fillies Triple Crown races.

Where To Bet

Bet365.com is our top rated bookie for betting on British horse races and the St. Leger Stakes is no different.  Bet365 is widely considered the most respected and trusted UK sportsbook and they offer betting lines on every race at the Doncaster Racecourse.  Bet365 also offers antepost betting on the race so you can wager on the St. Leger Stakes months in advance.  Bet365 offers a 100% matching bonus up to $200 for new sign ups, which is one of the best sportsbook sign up bonuses in the industry.

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How To Bet

First of all, if you don’t yet have a Bet365.com account you will need to open one.  Click here to visit Bet365.com.  From there you should click on ‘Join Now’ in the upper right hand corner and proceed to fill out the form.  Now that you have an account you should log in and make a deposit to fund your account.  Remember that you receive a 100% matching bonus up to $200, so I suggest depositing at least $200 to take full advantage.

Now that you have funds online you are ready to bet on the St. Leger Stakes.  Click on ‘Horse Racing’ from the left sidebar in the Bet365 sportsbook.  This will bring up all of the tracks in the UK & Ireland where races are being held for the day.  Find ‘Doncaster’ and click on the post-time for the St. Leger Stakes race.  On the first page you will see the Win, Exacta, Quinnella and Trifecta odds.  To see all the markets switch from ‘Fixed Odds’ to ‘All Markets’ just under the racetrack name.  Place your bets, then sit back and enjoy the race.

History

The St. Leger stakes is the oldest of Britain’s five Classics horse races having been inaugurated way back in 1776.  The first race was organised by an army officer and politician in Doncaster, named Anthony St. Leger.  The name “St. Leger Stakes” was decided on for the second running of the race, in 1777 and it has stuck ever since.  The race really came to prominence in 1800 when the first St. Leger Stakes-Epsom Derby double registration was done by a horse named “Champion”.  It was not until 1853 that the first English Triple Crown was won at the St. Leger Stakes, with horse ‘West Australian’ performing the feat.  To learn more of the history check out the St. Leger Stakes Wikipedia page.