This Saturday, Doncaster racecourse will host one of the oldest and most prestigious horse races of the racing calendar, the 2022 St Leger.
First run in 1776, nine horses are set to compete for this year’s first place prize.
On a loaded card, it’s not just the St Leger that is stealing all of the headlines. There are two competitive Grade 2 races with both the Champagne Stakes and Park Stakes bound to be competitive races in their own right.
Here is everything you need to know.
Group 1, 1 mile and 6 furlongs, open to three year old horses. Total prize pool £786,000
The final British Classic is upon us and several of the UK and Ireland’s leading trainers and owners are hoping to sign off the 2022 Flat Season with a bang.
At the time of writing, nine horses are due to canter down to post for this lucrative prize.
Currently leading the betting is New London. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Appleby is hoping to win this race for the second time, following his success with Hurricane Lane last year.
New London will start as the short price favourite but does arrive at the race with a few questions to answer. This is by far the hottest race of his career so far.
His performance last time out in the Group 3 John Pearce Stakes was impressive, but he will need to step up on that performance if he is to win here.
He has also done all of his racing at 1 mile and 4 furlongs and it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up in trip.
Looking to turn over New London is the Roger Varian trained Eldar Eldarov. Unlike New London, Eldar Eldarov has done his racing at the highest level and can boast winning Group 2 form and a fourth place finish last time out in the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris. He does have winning form at this trip and will be a danger to all.
Just behind Eldar Eldarov in the betting is Hoo Ya Mal who will represent the George Boughey yard. This will be just his third run for the yard having previously been trained by Andrew Balding. A second place finish in the Derby does represent some great form and he bounced back from some disappointing efforts with a cosy win in the Grade 3 William Hill March Stakes. That win came at this trip and he could be one to back at a decent price.
The least exposed horse in the field is the Ralph Beckett trained Haskoy. Frankie Dettori will take the ride and he will be desperate to win this race for the seventh time. Haskoy has just two runs to his name and takes a huge step up in class following success in Listed company last time out. He is another taking a step up in trip but could be a horse flying under the radar.
Aidan O’Brien is looking to land this race for the seventh time and runs just one horse here, Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson was the winner of this year’s Oaks but hasn’t won since. It would be a turn up if she were to win here, but at a huge price she can’t be discounted for a trainer who knows how to win this race.
2022 St Leger Betting Prediction
Much is expected of New London but there are several things he needs to prove. At a bigger price and with arguably stronger form, our play here is Eldar Eldarov who will be looking to build on his previous Grade 1 showings.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|New London||William Buick||+100|
|Eldar Eldarov||David Egan||+500|
|Hoo Ya Mal||David Probert||+650|
|French Claim||Daniel Tudhope||+1400|
|Emily Dickinson||Sean Levey||+2000|
|El Habeeb||Rossa Ryan||+10000|
|Lizzie Jean||Richard Kingscote||+2000|
Cazoo Park Stakes
Group 2, 7 furlongs, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool £150,000
The race before the St Leger will be the Cazoo Park Stakes. At the time of writing nine horses have been declared and everything looks set for an exciting contest.
The current favourite looks to be Kinross who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori and is trained by Ralph Beckett. A five year old, Kinross is in the form of his life and was a convincing winner of the Group 2 City of York Stakes last time out. Before this, he was desperately unlucky not to have won the Lennox Stakes. If he runs up to form he could be the one to beat.
Looking to resign Kinross to defeat is the Charlie Hills trained Garrus. Highly tried, Garrus is a former Group 3 winning horse and heads to Doncaster fresh off the back of a strong showing in the Group 1 Maurice de Gheest, where he finished third. That form is strong and he could be a good value option.
Despite faltering badly in his last few starts, many punters will keep the faith that Sacred can finally reward his backers. A former Group 3 and Group 2 winner, Sacred just hasn’t fired this season. He has run well at this venue in the past and his trainer William Haggas will be hoping a return to familiar surroundings might offer some improvement.
An interesting runner is Double or Bubble. Trained by Chris Wall, Double or Bubble doesn’t have the reputation of some of his rivals but he does head into this race off the back of his second Group 3 success. The nature of his win in the Weatherbys Supreme Stakes was tight, but at a bigger price he should be a horse to keep an eye on.
Cazoo Park Stakes Betting Pick
Kinross would be a lot shorter in the betting had he not been denied by a short head in the Lennox Stakes. His run in the City of York Stakes was full of promise and he is definitely the one to beat here.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|Al Suhail||William Buick||+800|
|Double Or Bubble||Jack Mitchell||+1000|
|New Energy||Robbie Colgan||+1400|
|Misty Grey||Richard Kingscote||+2000|
|The Wizard Of Eye||David Egan||+3300|
Group 2, 7 furlongs, open to two year old horses. Total prize pool £150,000
The Group action on this super Saturday of racing will start with the Coral Champagne Stakes. A seven furlong race, open to two year olds, only three horses have been declared for this year’s race. Despite there being just three runners there is still plenty of intrigue.
The likely favourite will be Silver Knott. Charlie Appleby will be hoping Saturday will be a great day and with Silver Knott he has a great chance of starting the day off with a bang.
Silver Knott has had three career runs and has won his last two outings. His first win came in novice company and he handled the step up to Group 3 company in his stride as he ran out a comfortable winner of the Solario Stakes just a few weeks ago.
A bid at the Classics await next season and his connections will be hoping he can sign off 2022 in style.
The main threat to Silver Knott looks to be the Andrew Balding trained Chaldean. Chaldean has taken a similar path to Silver Knott and has won his last two starts which includes a Group 3 success in the Acomb Stakes. He kept on well that day and was always holding on. He beat the reopposing Indestructible that day and will be hoping to repeat the feat once more.
The outsider of the field is likely to be Indestructible. Trained in Ireland by Mick O’Callaghan, Indestructible like his rivals has just had the three career starts and has won one of these contests. He ran a big race in the Acomb Stakes to finish second behind Chaldean and with improvements on his side he could be a danger to both of his rivals.
Champagne Stakes Betting Prediction
In what could be a trappy betting contest, all three horses will have a chance of victory. Big things are expected of Silver Knott and we will take a chance that the Goldolphin trained horse can win his second consecutive group contest.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|Silver Knott||William Buick||-110|
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