St Leger Runners and Riders
The oldest Classic in the British racing calendar gets underway at 3:30pm on Saturday at Doncaster Racecourse, the St Leger having been established in 1776 and still regarded as one of the most popular contests on the UK racing circuit. Run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards, this race is open to three year olds (excluding geldings) and takes place annually each September.
The 2022 St Leger Stakes and all other races on the calendar have been postponed for 24 hours as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The St Leger Stakes will take place at 3:55pm on Sunday, 11th September 2022.
The St Leger is the third and final leg of the prestigious English Triple Crown which gets underway each year with the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and continues with the Derby at Epsom Downs. This contest also completes the Triple Crown for fillies which starts with the 1000 Guineas and continues with the Oaks. Recent winners of the St Leger include Harbour Law (2016), Kew Gardens (2018), Galileo Chrome (2020) and most recently Hurricane Lane in 2021. The race has been held each year since 1776 with no breaks for either world war or even the Covid-19 pandemic.
This will be the final year in which the St Leger will be held on a Saturday, an overhaul of the four day meeting from 2023 meaning that this contest will in future be held on Sunday.
The leading UK bookmakers are offering a wealth of free bet offers on this year’s St Leger and you can claim these simply by opening an account with any of our featured betting partners. These bonuses take many forms but the most popular is the simple free bet or matched deposit bonus, this generally being awarded once players have made an initial deposit and placed a first bet on any betting market. These free bet and matched deposit bonuses can be used on the St Leger itself or alternatively they can be used on any race in throughout the four-day St Leger Festival this week.