St Leger Stakes

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St Leger Stakes
Group 1 race
Doncaster Racecourse 1.jpg
Doncaster Racecourse is host to the St Leger Stakes.
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Cazoo
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance1m 6f 115y (2,921 m)
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 1 lb
3 lb for fillies
Purse£700,000 (2021)
1st: £421,355
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The St Leger Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards (2,921 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.


Established in 1776, the St Leger is the oldest of Britain's five Classics. It is the last of the five to be run each year, and its distance is longer than any of the other four.

The St Leger is the final leg of the English Triple Crown, which begins with the 2000 Guineas and continues with the Derby. It also completes the Fillies' Triple Crown, following on from the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. The St Leger has rarely featured Triple Crown contenders in recent decades, with the only one in recent years being the 2012 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Camelot, who finished second in the St Leger.


Early years

The event was devised by Anthony St Leger, an army officer and politician who lived near Doncaster. It was initially referred to as "A Sweepstake of 25 Guineas", and its original distance was two miles. The rules stipulated that colts and geldings were to carry 8 st, and fillies would receive an allowance of 2 lb.

The inaugural running was held at Cantley Common on 24 September 1776. The first winner was an unnamed filly owned by the event's organiser, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. The filly was later named Allabaculia.

The title St Leger Stakes was decided at a dinner party held in 1776 at the Red Lion Inn located in the Market Place, Doncaster, to discuss the following year's race. It was suggested that it should be called the Rockingham Stakes in honour of the host, the Marquess of Rockingham, but the Marquess proposed that it should be named instead after Anthony St Leger. The event was moved to its present location, Town Moor, in 1778. [1]

The race came to national prominence in 1800, when a horse called Champion registered the first Derby–St Leger double. Its length was cut to 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 193 yards in 1813, and despite some minor alterations has remained much the same ever since. The victory of West Australian in 1853 completed the first success in the Triple Crown.


The St Leger Stakes was closed to geldings in 1906. It was transferred to Newmarket during World War I, and the substitute event was called the September Stakes. It was cancelled in 1939 because of the outbreak of World War II, and the following year's edition was held at Thirsk in November. For the remainder of this period it was staged at Manchester (1941), Newmarket (1942–44) and York (1945).

The race was switched to Ayr in 1989 after the scheduled running at Doncaster was abandoned due to subsidence. The 2006 race took place at York because its regular venue was closed for redevelopment.

The St Leger Stakes has inspired a number of similar events around the world, although many are no longer restricted to three-year-olds. European variations include the Irish St. Leger, the Prix Royal-Oak, the Deutsches St. Leger and the St. Leger Italiano. Other national equivalents include the Kikuka-shō, the New Zealand St. Leger and the VRC St Leger.


Leading jockey (9 wins):

Leading trainer (16 wins):

Leading owner (7 wins):


1776 Allabaculia John Singleton Christopher Scaife 2nd Marq. of Rockingham
1777 Bourbon John Cade William Sotheron
1778 Hollandoise George HerringJoseph Rose Sir Thomas Gascoigne
1779TommyGeorge LowryJoseph RoseThomas Stapleton
1780 Ruler John MangleWilliam Bethell
1781SerinaRichard FosterJ. LowtherWilliam Radcliffe
1782 Imperatrix George SearleGeorge SearleHenry Goodricke
1783PhoenomenonAnthony HallIsaac CapeSir John Lister Kaye
1784 Omphale John KirtonM. MasonJohn Coates
1785CowslipGeorge SearleGeorge SearleRichard Hill
1786ParagonJohn MangleJohn Mangle Lord Archibald Hamilton
1787SpadilleJohn MangleJohn Mangle Lord Archibald Hamilton
1788Young FloraJohn MangleJohn Mangle Lord Archibald Hamilton
1789 Pewett [lower-alpha 1] William WilsonChristopher Scaife 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1790 Ambidexter George SearleGeorge SearleMr Dealtry
1791 Young Traveller John JacksonJohn HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
1792 Tartar John MangleJohn Mangle Lord Archibald Hamilton
1793 Ninety-three Bill PeirseJohn Clifton
1794 Beningbrough John JacksonJohn HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
1795 Hambletonian Dixon BoyceJohn Hutchinson Sir Charles Turner
1796 Ambrosio John JacksonFrank NealeJoseph Cookson
1797 Lounger John ShepherdGeorge SearleGilbert Crompton
1798 Symmetry John JacksonSam King Sir Thomas Gascoigne
1799 Cockfighter Tom FieldsTom Fields Sir Henry Tempest Vane
1800 Champion Frank Buckle Tom PerrenChristopher Wilson
1801 Quiz John ShepherdGeorge SearleGilbert Crompton
1802 Orville John Singleton, Jr. Christopher Scaife 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1803 Remembrancer Ben SmithJ. Smith 10th Earl of Strathmore
1804 Sancho Frank Buckle Bartle AtkinsonHarry Mellish
1805 Staveley John JacksonBartle AtkinsonHarry Mellish
1806 Fyldener Tom CarrJohn Clifton
1807 Paulina Bill Clift Christopher Scaife 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
1808 Petronius Ben SmithWilliam Theakston 9th Duke of Hamilton
1809 Ashton Ben SmithWilliam Theakston 9th Duke of Hamilton
1810 Octavian Bill Clift Frank Jordan 6th Duke of Leeds 3:30.00
1811 Soothsayer Ben SmithTommy Sykes Richard Oliver Gascoigne
1812 Otterington Bob JohnsonW. HessletineRalph Robb3:31.00
1813 Altisidora John JacksonTommy SykesRichard Watt
1814 William John ShepherdWilliam Theakston 9th Duke of Hamilton
1815 Filho da Puta John JacksonJames CroftSir William Maxwell
1816 The Duchess Ben SmithJames Croft Sir Bellingham Graham
1817 Ebor Bob JohnsonJohn Lonsdale Henry Peirse
1818 Reveller Bob JohnsonJohn Lonsdale Henry Peirse 3:15.00
1819 Antonio Tom NicholsonJohn LonsdaleJames Ferguson3:18.00
1820 St Patrick Bob JohnsonJohn LonsdaleSir Edward Smith3:26.0
1821 Jack Spigot Bill Scott Isaac BladesThomas Orde-Powlett
1822 Theodore John JacksonJames CroftEdward Petre3:23.0 [2]
1823 Barefoot Tom Goodisson Richard ShepherdRichard Watt3:23.00
1824 Jerry Ben SmithJames CroftRichard Oliver Gascoigne3:29.00
1825 Memnon Bill Scott Richard ShepherdRichard Watt3:23.00
1826 Tarrare George NelsonSam King 6th Earl of Scarbrough 3:25.00
1827 Matilda Jem Robinson John Scott Edward Petre3:24.00
1828 The Colonel Bill Scott John Scott Edward Petre
1829 Rowton Bill Scott John Scott Edward Petre
1830 Birmingham Patrick Conolly Thomas FlintoffJohn Beardsworth
1831 Chorister John Barham Day John Smith 1st Marq. of Cleveland
1832 Margrave Jem Robinson John Scott John Gully
1833 Rockingham Sam DarlingRichard ShepherdRichard Watt3:28.00
1834 Touchstone George Calloway John Scott 1st Marq. of Westminster 3:22.00
1835 Queen of Trumps Tommy LyeJohn Blenkhorn Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 3:20.00
1836 Elis John Barham Day John Doe Lord George Bentinck 3:20.00
1837 Mango Sam Day, Jr.Montgomery Dilly Charles Greville 3:23.00
1838 Don John Bill Scott John Scott 6th Earl of Chesterfield 3:17.00
1839 Charles the Twelfth [lower-alpha 2] Bill Scott John Scott Major Yarburgh3:25.00
1840 Launcelot Bill Scott John Scott 1st Marq. of Westminster 3:40.00
1841Satirist Bill Scott John Scott 1st Marq. of Westminster 3:22.00
1842Blue BonnetTommy LyeTom Dawson 13th Earl of Eglinton 3:19.00
1843Nutwith Job Marson Bob JohnsonSamuel Wrather3:20.00
1844 Faugh-a-Ballagh Henry BellJohn ForthEdward John Irwin3:28.00
1845 The Baron Frank Butler John Scott George Watts3:25.00
1846 Sir Tatton Sykes Bill Scott William Oates Bill Scott 3:16.00
1847Van Tromp Job Marson John Fobert 13th Earl of Eglinton 3:20.00
1848 Surplice Nat Flatman Robert Stephenson, Jr. 3rd Viscount Clifden 3:19.00
1849 The Flying Dutchman Charles Marlow John Fobert 13th Earl of Eglinton 3:20.00
1850 Voltigeur [lower-alpha 3] Job Marson Robert Hill 2nd Earl of Zetland 3:24.00
1851 Newminster Sim Templeman John Scott Anthony Nichol3:20.00
1852 Stockwell John NormanWilliam Harlock 2nd Marquess of Exeter 3:21.00
1853 West Australian Frank Butler John Scott John Bowes 3:20.00
1854Knight of St GeorgeRobert BashamR. LongstaffJ. B. Morris3:32.00
1855Saucebox John Wells Tom ParrTom Parr3:22.00
1856 Warlock Nat Flatman John Scott Anthony Nichol3:25.00
1857Imperieuse Nat Flatman John Scott John Scott 3:25.00
1858SunbeamLuke SnowdenJohn Prince James Merry 3:20.00
1859GamesterTom Aldcroft John Scott Sir Charles Monck 3:25.00
1860St AlbansLuke Snowden Alec Taylor, Sr. 2nd Marq. of Ailesbury 3:20.00
1861Caller OuTom ChalonerWilliam I'AnsonWilliam I'Anson3:16.20
1862 The Marquis Tom Chaloner John Scott Stanhope Hawke3:22.00
1863 Lord Clifden John Osborne, Jr.Edwin Parr3rd Viscount St Vincent3:17.50
1864 Blair Athol Jim SnowdenWilliam I'AnsonWilliam I'Anson3:19.50
1865 Gladiateur Harry GrimshawTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange3:20.00
1866 Lord Lyon Harry CustanceJames DoverRichard Sutton3:23.00
1867 Achievement Tom ChalonerJames DoverMark Pearson3:17.00
1868 Formosa Tom ChalonerHenry WoolcottWilliam Graham3:19.50
1869Pero Gomez John Wells John Porter Sir Joseph Hawley 3:21.50
1870HawthorndenJemmy GrimshawJoseph DawsonThomas Vaughan Morgan3:18.50
1871 Hannah Charlie Maidment Joseph Hayhoe Mayer de Rothschild 3:22.00
1872Wenlock Charlie Maidment Tom Wadlow 2nd Earl of Wilton 3:21.50
1873Marie StuartTom OsborneRobert Peck James Merry 3:22.00
1874 Apology John Osborne, Jr.William OsborneJohn King3:16.00
1875Craig MillarTom Chaloner Alec Taylor, Sr. William Stuart Stirling-Crawfurd 3:20.00
1876 Petrarch Jem GoaterJohn DawsonViscount Dupplin3:19.50
1877 Silvio Fred Archer Mathew Dawson 6th Viscount Falmouth 3:27.00
1878 Jannette Fred Archer Mathew Dawson 6th Viscount Falmouth 3:20.50
1879 Rayon d'Or Jem GoaterTom JenningsFrédéric de Lagrange3:21.00
1880 Robert the Devil Tom Cannon, Sr. Charles BlantonCharles Brewer3:32.00
1881 Iroquois Fred Archer Jacob Pincus Pierre Lorillard 3:20.60
1882 Dutch Oven Fred Archer Mathew Dawson 6th Viscount Falmouth 3:16.00
1883 Ossian John Watts Richard Marsh 12th Duke of Hamilton 3:19.00
1884 The Lambkin John Watts Mathew Dawson Robert Vyner3:14.00
1885 Melton Fred Archer Mathew Dawson 20th Baron Hastings 3:15.60
1886 Ormonde Fred Archer John Porter 1st Duke of Westminster 3:21.4
1887 Kilwarlin Jack RobinsonJames Jewitt 7th Baron Rodney 3:26.00
1888 Seabreeze Jack RobinsonJames Jewitt 5th Baron Calthorpe 3:11.8
1889 Donovan Fred Barrett George Dawson 6th Duke of Portland 3:13.00
1890 Memoir John Watts George Dawson 6th Duke of Portland 3:13.60
1891 Common George Barrett John Porter Sir Frederick Johnstone 3:14.40
1892 La Fleche John Watts John Porter Maurice de Hirsch 3:14.60
1893 Isinglass Tommy Loates James Jewitt Harry McCalmont 3:13.40
1894 Throstle Morny Cannon John Porter 1st Baron Alington 3:12.20
1895 Sir Visto Sam Loates Mathew Dawson 5th Earl of Rosebery 3:18.40
1896 Persimmon John Watts Richard Marsh HRH Prince of Wales 3:20.00
1897 Galtee More Charles Wood Sam Darling John Gubbins 3:31.20
1898 Wildfowler Charles Wood Sam Darling Henry Greer 3:13.00
1899 Flying Fox Morny Cannon John Porter 1st Duke of Westminster 3:15.60
1900 Diamond Jubilee Herbert Jones Richard Marsh HRH Prince of Wales 3:09.20
1901 Doricles Kempton Cannon Alfred Hayhoe Leopold de Rothschild 3:08.40
1902 Sceptre Frank Hardy Bob Sievier Bob Sievier 3:12.40
1903 Rock Sand Danny Maher George Blackwell Sir James Miller 3:09.40
1904 Pretty Polly Willie Lane Peter GilpinEustace Loder3:05.80
1905 Challacombe Otto Madden Alec Taylor, Jr. Washington Singer 3:05.40
1906 Troutbeck Georges Stern Willie Waugh 2nd Duke of Westminster 3:04.20
1907 Wool Winder Bill HalseyHarry Enoch Ned Baird 3:05.60
1908 Your Majesty Walter Griggs Charles Morton Jack Joel 3:06.00
1909 Bayardo Danny Maher Alec Taylor, Jr. Alfred Cox 3:08.60
1910 Swynford Frank Wootton George Lambton 17th Earl of Derby 3:04.00
1911 Prince Palatine Frank O'Neill Henry BeardsleyThomas Pilkington3:06.00
1912 Tracery George BellhouseJohn Watson August Belmont Jr. 3:11.80
1913 Night Hawk Elijah Wheatley Jack Robinson William Hall Walker 3:03.60
1914 Black Jester Walter Griggs Charles Morton Jack Joel 3:02.60
1915 Pommern Steve Donoghue Charles Peck Solomon Joel 2:55.60
1916 Hurry On Charlie Childs Fred Darling James Buchanan 2:59.60
1917 Gay Crusader Steve Donoghue Alec Taylor, Jr. Alfred Cox 2:59.60
1918 Gainsborough Joe Childs Alec Taylor, Jr. Lady James Douglas3:04.00
1919 Keysoe Brownie Carslake George Lambton 17th Earl of Derby 3:06.80
1920 Caligula Arthur SmithHarvey LeaderMathradas Goculdas3:07.40
1921 Polemarch Joe Childs Tom Green 7th Marq. of Londonderry 3:06.80
1922 Royal Lancer Bobby JonesAlf Sadler, Jr. 5th Earl of Lonsdale 3:14.20
1923 Tranquil Tommy Weston Charles Morton 17th Earl of Derby 3:05.00
1924 Salmon-Trout Brownie Carslake Dick Dawson HH Aga Khan III 3:13.20
1925 Solario Joe Childs Reginald Day Sir John Rutherford 3:04.40
1926 Coronach Joe Childs Fred Darling 1st Baron Woolavington 3:01.60
1927 Book Law Henri Jelliss Alec Taylor, Jr. 2nd Viscount Astor 3:14.40
1928 Fairway Tommy Weston Frank Butters 17th Earl of Derby 3:03.00
1929 Trigo Michael Beary Dick Dawson William Barnett3:03.40
1930 Singapore Gordon Richards Thomas Hogg 1st Baron Glanely 3:09.20
1931 Sandwich Harry Wragg Jack Jarvis 6th Earl of Rosebery 3:11.20
1932 Firdaussi Freddie Fox Frank Butters HH Aga Khan III 3:04.40
1933 Hyperion Tommy Weston George Lambton 17th Earl of Derby 3:06.80
1934 Windsor Lad Charlie Smirke Marcus Marsh Martin H. Benson 3:01.60
1935 Bahram Charlie Smirke Frank Butters HH Aga Khan III 3:01.80
1936 Boswell Pat Beasley Cecil Boyd-Rochfort William Woodward 3:08.60
1937 Chulmleigh Gordon Richards Thomas Hogg 1st Baron Glanely 3:07.40
1938 Scottish Union Brownie CarslakeNoel CannonJimmy Rank3:11.40
1939no race [lower-alpha 4]
1940 Turkhan Gordon Richards Frank Butters HH Aga Khan III 3:32.40
1941 Sun Castle Georges Bridgland Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 1st Viscount Portal 3:04.00
1942 Sun Chariot Gordon Richards Fred Darling HM King George VI 3:08.40
1943 Herringbone Harry Wragg Walter Earl 17th Earl of Derby 3:05.00
1944 Tehran Gordon Richards Frank Butters HH Aga Khan III 3:06.60
1945 Chamossaire Tommy LowreyDick PerrymanStanhope Joel2:55.80
1946 Airborne Tommy LowreyDick PerrymanJohn Ferguson3:10.20
1947 Sayajirao Edgar Britt Sam Armstrong HH Maharaja of Baroda 3:07.80
1948 Black Tarquin Edgar Britt Cecil Boyd-Rochfort William Woodward 3:08.80
1949 Ridge Wood Michael Beary Noel Murless Geoffrey Smith3:08.20
1950 Scratch Rae Johnstone Charles Semblat Marcel Boussac 3:08.80
1951 Talma Rae Johnstone Charles Semblat Marcel Boussac 3:13.80
1952 Tulyar Charlie Smirke Marcus Marsh HH Aga Khan III 3:07.80
1953 Premonition Eph Smith Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Wilfrid Wyatt3:06.80
1954 Never Say Die Charlie Smirke Joseph Lawson Robert Sterling Clark 3:10.60
1955 Meld Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Lady Zia Wernher 3:14.60
1956 Cambremer Freddie PalmerGeorges Bridgland Ralph Strassburger 3:12.20
1957 Ballymoss T. P. Burns Vincent O'Brien John McShain 3:15.60
1958 Alcide Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Sir Humphrey de Trafford 3:06.40
1959 Cantelo Edward Hide Charles Elsey William Hill 3:04.60
1960 St. Paddy Lester Piggott Noel Murless Sir Victor Sassoon 3:13.20
1961 Aurelius Lester Piggott Noel Murless Vera Lilley3:06.60
1962 Hethersett Harry Carr Dick Hern Lionel Holliday3:10.80
1963 Ragusa Garnie Bougoure Paddy Prendergast Jim Mullion3:05.40
1964 Indiana Jimmy LindleyJack Watts Charles Engelhard 3:05.00
1965 Provoke Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jakie Astor 3:18.60
1966 Sodium Frankie DurrGeorge ToddRadha Sigtia3:09.80
1967 Ribocco Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton Charles Engelhard 3:05.40
1968 Ribero Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton Charles Engelhard 3:19.80
1969 Intermezzo Ron Hutchinson Harry Wragg Gerry Oldham3:11.80
1970 Nijinsky Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Charles Engelhard 3:06.40
1971 Athens Wood Lester Piggott Harry Thomson Jones Eileen Rogerson3:14.90
1972 Boucher Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Ogden Phipps 3:28.71
1973 Peleid Frankie DurrBill ElseyWilliam Behrens3:08.21
1974 Bustino Joe Mercer Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 3:09.02
1975 Bruni Tony Murray Ryan Price Charles St George3:05.31
1976 Crow Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna Daniel Wildenstein 3:13.17
1977 Dunfermline Willie Carson Dick Hern HM Queen Elizabeth II 3:05.17
1978 Julio Mariner Edward Hide Clive Brittain Marcos Lemos3:04.94
1979 Son of Love Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Alexis Rolland3:09.02
1980 Light Cavalry Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Jim Joel3:11.48
1981 Cut Above Joe Mercer Dick Hern Sir Jakie Astor 3:11.60
1982 Touching Wood Paul Cook Harry Thomson Jones Maktoum Al Maktoum 3:03.53
1983 Sun Princess Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 3:16.65
1984 Commanche Run Lester Piggott Luca Cumani Ivan Allan 3:09.93
1985 Oh So Sharp Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 3:07.13
1986 Moon Madness Pat Eddery John Dunlop Duchess of Norfolk 3:05.03
1987 Reference Point Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Louis Freedman 3:05.91
1988 Minster Son Willie Carson Neil Graham Lady Beaverbrook 3:06.80
1989 Michelozzo [lower-alpha 5] Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Charles St George3:20.72
1990 Snurge Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 3:08.78
1991 Toulon Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 3:03.12
1992 User Friendly George Duffield Clive Brittain Bill Gredley3:05.48
1993 Bob's Return Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins Jackie Smith3:07.85
1994 Moonax Pat Eddery Barry Hills Sheikh Mohammed 3:04.19
1995 Classic Cliche Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:09.74
1996 Shantou Frankie Dettori John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 3:05.10
1997 Silver Patriarch Pat Eddery John Dunlop Peter Winfield3:06.92
1998 Nedawi John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:05.61
1999 Mutafaweq Richard Hills Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:02.75
2000 Millenary Richard Quinn John Dunlop Neil Jones3:02.58
2001 Milan Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 3:05.16
2002 Bollin Eric Kevin Darley Tim Easterby Sir Neil Westbrook3:02.92
2003 Brian Boru Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 3:04.64
2004 Rule of Law Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:06.29
2005 Scorpion Frankie Dettori Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 3:19.01
2006 Sixties Icon [lower-alpha 6] Frankie Dettori Jeremy Noseda Susan Roy2:57.29
2007 Lucarno Jimmy Fortune John Gosden George Strawbridge 3:01.90
2008 Conduit Frankie Dettori Sir Michael Stoute Ballymacoll Stud 3:07.92
2009 Mastery Ted Durcan Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:04.81
2010 Arctic Cosmos William Buick John Gosden Hood / Geffen 3:03.12
2011 Masked Marvel William Buick John Gosden Bjorn Nielsen 3:00.44
2012 Encke Mickael Barzalona Mahmood Al Zarooni Godolphin 3:03.81
2013 Leading Light Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:09.20
2014 Kingston Hill Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian Paul Smith3:05.42
2015 Simple Verse [lower-alpha 7] Andrea Atzeni Ralph BeckettQRL / Al Thani / Al Kubaisi3:07.12
2016 Harbour Law George Baker Laura MonganJackie Cornwell3:05.48
2017 Capri Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:04.04
2018 Kew Gardens Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:03.34
2019 Logician Frankie Dettori John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 3:00.27
2020 Galileo Chrome Tom Marquand Joseph O'Brien Galileo Chrome Partnership3:01.94
2021 Hurricane Lane William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 3:04.28
  1. The 1789 race was awarded to Pewett after the first-placed Zanga was disqualified for jostling
  2. The 1839 outcome was a dead-heat, but Charles the Twelfth beat Euclid in a run-off
  3. The 1850 race finished as a dead-heat, but Voltigeur defeated Russborough in a run-off
  4. The 1939 race was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II
  5. The 1989 running took place at Ayr over 1-mile, 6 furlongs and 127 yards
  6. The 2006 edition was contested at York over 1-mile, 5 furlongs and 197 yards
  7. The 2015 race was initially awarded to Bondi Beach after the first-placed Simple Verse was disqualified, but the decision was reversed on 23 September 2015 after an appeal by Simple Verse's connections. [3]
Wartime races
  • 1915–18: The September Stakes at Newmarket (Rowley Mile) over 1-mile and 6 furlongs.
  • 1940: The Yorkshire St Leger Stakes at Thirsk over 1-mile and 7 furlongs.
  • 1941: The New St Leger Stakes at Manchester over 1-mile and 6 furlongs.
  • 1942–44: The New St Leger Stakes at Newmarket (Summer Course) over 1-mile, 6 furlongs and 150 yards.
  • 1945: The St Leger Stakes at York over 1-mile and 6 furlongs.

As the last of the classics, the race marks the end of summer in England. [4] The popular adage "sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger Day" suggests investors should sell their shares in May and buy again after the race. [5]

The Agatha Christie novel The A.B.C. Murders has the St Leger as a plot point near the end of the novel.

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