St Leger Betting Tips

9 SEP 1995: FRANKIE DETTORI CELEBRATES HIS VICTORY ON CLASSIC CLICHE IN THE 1995 ST.LEGER STAKES AT DONCASTER RACECOURSE IN DONCASTER, ENGLAND. Chris Cole/ALLSPORTFor St Leger Stakes betting, straightforward backing of the antepost race favourite isn’t a bad way to go.

Out of the past 15 St Leger races, a total of 11 have been won by the favourite – and the lowest odds for any of the 15 winning horses was 8/1. This is perhaps because the St Leger is raced late in the season, giving everyone a good chance to scrutinise the performance of horses, jockeys and trainers.

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien entered a total of four horses in the 2007 St Leger and is likely to enter some strong contenders for the next St Leger Stakes. With three St Leger wins this decade, those entered by O’Brien are good horses to back in your  St Leger betting. See St Leger top trainers for details of O’Brien and other top trainers to back in the St Leger Stakes.

St Leger Betting: Clues from other races

The St Leger Stakes is the longest of the British Classic races, at one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards. So it’s the performance of three-year-olds over similar distances – two miles or just under – in the preceding months that you should look to.

A key race to look to before placing your St Leger bets is the Great Voltigeur Stakes. A total of six of the last ten St Leger winners, including 2007 winner Lucarno, finished within the top four in the Great Voltigeur – which is often the last race horses run prior to the St Leger.

Other key races to watch are:

  • the Irish Derby at the Curragh – five of the last ten St Leger winners fell within the top five in the Irish Derby
  • the Gordon Stakes – three of the last nine St Leger winners also won the Gordon Stakes
  • the Epsom Derby – four of the last ten winners contested the Derby
  • King Edward VII Stakes – four of the last ten winners contested this race

In 2007, Lucarno finished fourth in the Epsom Derby and second in the King Edward VII Stakes before going on to win the St Leger Stakes.

Statistically, the outcome of the two-mile Queen’s Vase race isn’t a good thing to go by. Three-year-olds who fare well over two miles before half-way through the season seem to struggle over the shorter distance involved in the St Leger three months later.

Bookmakers post St Leger odds months ahead of the race. Although the odds will be updated as the race day approaches, this gives you plenty of time to identify the favourites, track their performance up to the race and adjust your St Leger betting strategy.

Alternatively you can make use of the free horse racing betting tips provided by our professional tipster the Racing Guru.