St Leger Stakes
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The St Leger Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for the three year olds at Doncaster conducted by the Doncaster Racecourse.
The St Leger Stakes is run over a mile, six furlongs and 115 yards. It was first run in 1776 and was won by Allabaculia.
The race is actually the oldest of the five Classics and open to the colts and the fillies. It forms the final leg of both sexes Triple Crowns (see later).
It was originated by a prominent local army and political figure Anthony St Leger who was a resident near Doncaster and so they used his name.
The St Leger Stakes banned geldings from competing in 1906.
The race was moved during the war years and competed for but some are recognised differently. They were even renamed as the September Stakes at Newmarket (1915–18), the Yorkshire St Leger Stakes at Thirsk (1940), the New St Leger Stakes at Manchester (1941), the New St Leger Stakes at Newmarket (1942–44) and in 1945 the St Leger Stakes at York.
Those colts to complete the Triple Crown by winning the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger are:- Nijinsky (1970), Bahram (1935), Gainsborough (1918), Gay Crusader (1917), Pommern (1915), Rock Sand (1903), Diamond Jubilee (1900), Flying Fox (1899), Galtee More (1897), Isinglass (1893), Common (1891), Ormonde (1886), Lord Lyon (1866), Gladiateur (1865) and West Australian (1853).
Historians have question marks over the war times wins of Gainsborough, Gay Crusader and Pommern as there was much impact on racing at the time and held at Newmarket.
Camelot failed to win the Triple Crown in 2012 when second. The previous failed Triple Crown attempt for the colts was 1931.
Those fillies to complete the Triple Crown by winning the 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and St Leger are:- Oh So Sharp (1985), Meld (1955), Sun Chariot (1942), Pretty Polly (1904), Sceptre (1902), La Fleche (1892), Apology (1874), Hannah (1871) and Formosa (1868).
Simple Verse was first over the line in 2015 but Bondi Beach was awarded the race in the Steward's room. However an appeal to the offices of the British Horseracing Authority was successful in reinstating the filly as the winner.
Ballydoyle won another Leger in 2017 with the favourite Capri but the fourth horse Rekindling would head to Australia and win the Melbourne Cup as a 3yo for Joseph O'Brien.
Logician was Frankie Dettori's sixth and John Gosden's fifth St Leger in 2019.
Bill Scott has most jockey wins with nine while his brother John Scott trained an amazing 16 winners of the Leger.
In an amazing twist, Tom Marquand won his first classic in 2020 when he landed the Leger on Galileo Chrome after the horse's regular rider Shane Crosse tested positive for COVID-19 the day before.
The St Leger Stakes was worth £350,000 in 2020 reduced due to coronavirus cutbacks.
Notable winners of the St Leger Stakes include Logician (2019), Simple Verse (2015), Kingston Hill (2014), Leading Light (2013), Mastery (2009), Conduit (2008), Scorpion (2005), Mutafaweq (1999), Classic Cliche (1995), Oh So Sharp (1985), Commanche Run (1984), Nijinsky (1970), St Paddy (1960), Ballymoss (1957), Meld (1955), Sun Chariot (1942), Bahram (1935), Windsor Lad (1934), Hyperion (1933), Gainsborough (1918), Gay Crusader (1917), Pommern (1915), Pretty Polly (1904), Rock Sand (1903), Sceptre (1902), Diamond Jubilee (1900), Flying Fox (1899), Galtee More (1897), Isinglass (1893), La Fleche (1892), Common (1891), Ormonde (1886), Apology (1874), Hannah (1871), Formosa (1868), Lord Lyon (1866), Gladiateur (1865) and West Australian (1853).
The 2020 St Leger Stakes was won by Galileo Chrome from Berkshire Rocco and Pyledriver.
Previous St Leger Stakes Winners
| GALILEO CHROME (IRE) 3C |
AUSTRALIA (GB) - CURIOUS MIND (GB) DANSILI (GB)
|TOM MARQUAND||57.5||JOSEPH O'BRIEN||12|
| LOGICIAN (GB) 3C |
FRANKEL (GB) - SCUFFLE (GB) DAYLAMI (IRE)
|L DETTORI||57.5||JOHN GOSDEN||4|
| KEW GARDENS (IRE) 3C |
GALILEO (IRE) - CHELSEA ROSE (IRE) DESERT KING (IRE)
|RYAN MOORE||57.5||A P O'BRIEN||8|
| CAPRI (IRE) 3C |
GALILEO (IRE) - DIALAFARA (FR) ANABAA (USA)
|RYAN MOORE||57.5||A P O'BRIEN||9|
| HARBOUR LAW (GB) 3C |
LAWMAN (FR) - ABUNAI (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
|GEORGE BAKER||57.5||MRS L J MONGAN||9|
| SIMPLE VERSE (IRE) 3F |
DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) - GUANTANAMERA (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|ANDREA ATZENI||56.0||R M BECKETT||1|
| KINGSTON HILL (GB) 3C |
MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) - AUDACIEUSE (GB) RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
|ANDREA ATZENI||57.5||ROGER VARIAN||4|
| LEADING LIGHT (IRE) 3C |
MONTJEU (IRE) - DANCE PARADE (USA) GONE WEST (USA)
|J P O'BRIEN||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||7|
| ENCKE (USA) 3C |
KINGMAMBO (USA) - SHAWANDA (IRE) SINNDAR (IRE)
|M BARZALONA||57.0||MAHMOOD AL ZAROONI||1|
| MASKED MARVEL (GB) 3C |
MONTJEU (IRE) - WALDMARK (GER) MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE)
|WILLIAM BUICK||57.0||JOHN GOSDEN||3|
| ARCTIC COSMOS (USA) 3C |
NORTH LIGHT (IRE) - FIFTH AVENUE DOLL (USA) MARQUETRY (USA)
|WILLIAM BUICK||57.0||JOHN GOSDEN||8|
| MASTERY (GB) 3C |
SULAMANI (IRE) - MOYESII (USA) DIESIS (GB)
|T E DURCAN||57.0||SAEED BIN SUROOR||7|
| CONDUIT (IRE) 3C |
DALAKHANI (IRE) - WELL HEAD (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|L DETTORI||57.0||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||5|
| LUCARNO (USA) 3F |
DYNAFORMER (USA) - VIGNETTE (USA) DIESIS (GB)
|JIMMY FORTUNE||57.0||JOHN GOSDEN||8|
| SIXTIES ICON (GB) 3C |
GALILEO (IRE) - LOVE DIVINE (GB) DIESIS (GB)
|L DETTORI||57.0||J NOSEDA||11|
| SCORPION (IRE) 3C |
MONTJEU (IRE) - ARDMELODY (GB) LAW SOCIETY (USA)
|L DETTORI||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||2|
| RULE OF LAW (USA) 3C |
KINGMAMBO (USA) - CRYSTAL CROSSING (IRE) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
|K MCEVOY||57.0||SAEED BIN SUROOR||9|
| BRIAN BORU (GB) 3C |
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - EVA LUNA (USA) DOUBLE SCHWARTZ
|J P SPENCER||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||9|
| BOLLIN ERIC (GB) 3C |
SHAAMIT (IRE) - BOLLIN ZOLA (GB) ALZAO (USA)
|K DARLEY||57.0||T D EASTERBY||3|
| MILAN (GB) 3C |
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - KITHANGA (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
|M KINANE||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||7|
| MILLENARY (GB) 3C |
RAINBOW QUEST (USA) - BALLERINA (IRE) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
|T QUINN||57.0||J L DUNLOP||5|
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