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Betting on the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival 2018

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The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival 2018 is upon us and now is as good a time as any to get your bets on. The historic festival takes place at Doncaster racecourse from 7 – 10 September so let's look at the highlights to come and how to get your bets on with Ladbrokes.

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The 2018 edition of the festival is scheduled to play out like this:

Wednesday 7th September: St Leger Legends Day

Thursday 8th September: Ladies Day

Friday 9th September: Doncaster Cup Gentlemen's Day

Saturday 10th September: Ladbrokes St Leger Day

The biggest races of the week are the Doncaster Cup and, of course, the highlight of the week, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes on Saturday.

The St Leger Stakes: All you need to know

2018 edition

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes

There are currently 13 horses due to take part in the 2018 Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes, following the latest withdrawals of Algometer, who finished 7th at the Derby, and Robin of Navan.

The ante-post prices are as follows (non-runner no bet):

Horse Odds
Idaho 4/5
Muntahaa 5/1
Red Verdon 8/1
Housesofparliament 8/1
Sword Fighter 12/1
Ventura Storm 20/1
Ormito 25/1
Harbour Law 33/1
The Major General 40/1
Kellstorm 50/1
Harrison 50/1
The Tartan Spartan 50/1
Unicorn 66/1

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There is a clear betting favourite in the build-up to the St Leger, with Idaho at odds-on at the beginning of the festival week. Idaho finished third at the Derby in June 2016 and punters have backed his ante-post price in ever since. Even in the last 24 hours, the horse has been backed in from 10/11 to 4/5.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has already won the St Leger on four occasions and looks to have a great chance of adding to that this weekend. However, his recent record in the event is not so impressive, with just one victory in the last decade. He was more successful in the early 2000s, taking the prize three times between 2001 and 2005.

Favourites have a strong recent record in the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes, with the 2013 and 2014 winners both going off as favourites. Indeed, that trend was close to continuing in 2015, with joint-favourite Bondi Beach temporarily installed as winner before the race was given back to Simple Verse on appeal.

Second favourite Muntahaa is seen as the strongest contender to Idaho, having progressed impressively this season. Trainer John Gosden also has three previous victories at the St Leger Stakes in the last ten years.

There are no contenders for the Triple Crown in 2016, with the 2,000 Guineas having been won by Galileo Gold and the Epsom Derby by Harzand. Neither horse will feature in the St Leger this week.

In fact, no horse has won the English Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970, although Camelot came close in 2012, winning the first two races and finishing second in the St Leger.


Dating back to the late 18th century, the St Leger is the world's oldest classic. A Group 1 flat race, it makes up the final leg of the English Triple Crown for three-year old colts, following on from the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in April and the Derby at Epsom in June. It is also the final leg of the Fillies Triple Crown, the other two being the 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks.

The St Leger Stakes is the longest of the Classics, at 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards. It has been held at Doncaster throughout its history, apart from occasional exceptions when it had to be moved elsewhere, for instance during World War I and World War II.

Last year's edition brought about drama and controversy. The race was won by Simple Verse, who was then demoted to second by stewards, judging that the horse had bumped rival and joint-favourite Bondi Beach during the final furlong. Bondi Beach was installed as the winner of the race.

Less than two weeks later, an appeal was lodged and the decision was reversed by the horse racing authorities, who reinstated Simple Verse as the winner.

Doncaster Cup

This year marks the 250th running of the Doncaster Cup, dating back even further than the St Leger Stakes. The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 flat race, with a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs.

Last year's winner Pallasator is not present but runner-up Clondaw Warrior will take to the course to try and go one better.

The other betting favourites are Mizzou and Clever Cookie, with six horses in total at single-figure odds at the time of writing.

Horse Odds
Mizzou 9/4
Clever Cookie 11/2
Clondaw Warrior 5/1
Quest For More 5/1
Trip To Paris 7/1
Sheikhzayedroad 8/1
Wicklow Brave 10/1
Simple Verse 12/1
Burmese 14/1
Curbyourenthusiasm 14/1
St Michel 14/1
Amour De Nuit 20/1
Purple Magic 20/1
Cayirli 33/1
Eshtiaal 33/1
Sweet Selection 40/1
Vive Ma Fille 40/1

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Ladbrokes promotions

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In previous years, Ladbrokes has run a free bet offer around the St Leger Festival, whereby punters who backed a winner at 4/1 or greater were entitled to a matched free bet of up to £25.

We are not aware of any special Ladbrokes promotion relating to the 2018 St Leger Festival, or the 2016 St Leger Stakes in particular, but we will let you know should that change. Check back again during the week for the latest information on any special offers, such as free bets or price boosts.

Don't forget that you can still benefit from Ladbrokes' regular offers:

  • Best Odds Guaranteed on all UK and Ireland horse races: If you take the price on a horse and it goes off at greater starting odds, you will get paid out at the bigger price should it win (does not apply to ante-post bets).
  • £50 free bet for new customers: Sign up to Ladbrokes using a promo code for a 100% matched free bet on your first bet.

The St Leger Stakes is the perfect occasion to try your luck, perhaps to maximise your profits on the odds-on favourite Idaho, or to take a chance on a longer shot, safe in the knowledge that you will get another free bet of the same amount to bet with if that doesn't come in.

Best of luck with your bets and enjoy the festival!

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