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St Leger Runners & Riders  

As one of the biggest races of the season, the runners and riders for the St Leger will go down in British racing history. This is because the race is closing in on 250 years of age, making it the oldest British Classic, ensuring the winner is writing their name on a storied record book.

Below are the runners for the 2024 St Leger at Doncaster:

Runners form and Riders table to follow

Who are the Top Three Favourites to Win this Year’s St Leger?

Even months out from the start of the 2024 St Leger, there will be a number of potential entries who stand out among the odds. The three favourites will likely be flexible and fluid right up until the beginning of the race, but here are the trio currently at the head of the market

Los Angeles

A son of a former St Leger runner-up in Camelot, who finished second in the race when chasing the coveted Triple Crown, Los Angeles has displayed a large reserve of guts and stamina in his races so far. He has not won flashily, but has ultimately beaten tough fields in group race successes, which suggests this 1m6f test will likely suit.

Arabian Crown

Although he is not as well-bred for this test, Arabian Crown’s sire Dubawi is also the father of 2022 St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov. That gives hope to this Godolphin runner and his chances, with his victories looking much easier on the eye so far than Los Angeles’ have.

Ambiente Friendly

Ambiente Friendly jumped right up the markets for multiple races ante-post after routing his opposition in the Lingfield Derby Trial. The further he went that day, the more powerfully he drew away. If he does not quite possess the class for middle distances, this step up to a stayers’ trip could be one that suits perfectly. 

St Leger Horse Entries & Selections

Although the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby are also open to both colts and fillies, those races have a fillies’ only equivalent in the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks respectively. Conversely, the St Leger has no race in direct competition, so often feels like the only Classic in which the best colts and fillies compete against each other towards the end of the flat season.

Like the other Classics, it is open only to three-year-olds, with its position in the calendar intended to allow as much time for its competitors to mature as possible.

Here is how our experts see this year’s contest, with Andrew Mount and Matty Sutcliffe providing their selections here.

Which Trainers Have Historically Had the Most Success in the St Leger?

John Scott is comfortably the most successful trainer in the history of the race, and nobody is likely to get anywhere near his tally in the near future. He recorded 16 wins during the 19th Century, so even Aidan O’Brien on six wins has a lot of work to do to get remotely close to that particular haul.

From a jockeys’ perspective, Bill Scott was the brother of John and rode the St Leger winner on nine occasions. 

Runners & Riders Past Winners

2014Kingston HillRoger VarianAndrea Atzeni9/4F
2015Simple VerseRalph BeckettAndrea Atzeni8/1
2016Harbour LawLaura MonganGeorge Baker22/1
2017CapriAidan O’BrienRyan Moore3/1F
2018Kew GardensAidan O’BrienRyan Moore3/1
2019LogicianJohn GosdenFrankie Dettori5/6F
2020Galileo ChromeJoseph O’BrienTom Marquand4/1
2021Hurricane LaneCharlie ApplebyWilliam Buick8/11F
2022Eldar EldarovRoger VarianDavid Egan9/2
2023ContinuousAidan O’BrienRyan Moore3/1