The 240-year-old St Leger Stakes returns to Doncaster race course in Town Moor this Saturday. All eight horses are penciled in and the early betting odds are officially live. Although we have no Triple Crown title in contention this year, the Ladbrokes St Leger festival has been a hit already. A visit from the Princess Royal and one last charity race for champion jockey Tony McCoy delighted crowds earlier this week.
On 12 September, we move to the final leg of the British Triple Crown. If you fancy a flutter on the world’s oldest classic horse race, you can head over to the big horse racing betting sites today to put some action on the antepost options right now. Every other major racebook will also be covering the St Leger Stakes on Saturday with the standard array of win, place, show bets and all the others.
Where to Bet on the St Leger Stakes Online
Today, we’ll be talking about the top contenders and follow that up with a few recommendations of where to bet on the 2015 St Leger Stakes online. Then we’ll wrap things up with a comparison of the early odds across the top betting sites.
The Early Favourites
Storm the Stars is the favourite this year with odds right around the 5/2 mark. He’s in great form with a victory at the Great Voltigeur Stakes just three weeks ago and a reputation for running better over long races. The 2800-meter St Leger Stakes certainly fits the bill. This is one of the longer tracks any horse will race this year and Storm the Stars is in prime position to put on a show.
His race team has had him on a demanding schedule this year and has hinted that the 2015 St Leger Stakes may mark the end of a strong career for the horse. This could be your last chance to back Storm the Stars – ever.
Bondi Beach is coming in as the second-favourite. His odds are just a little better at 2/1 or 5/2 depending on where you look. He took second to Storm the Stars at York and notched his last win on 28 June.
Order of St George is showing odds of around 3/1 to round out the top three horses in this year’s running. He has two recent wins to his name (going back to July) and O’Brien is naturally confident in his horse’s chances whether the ground is hard and fast or soft after rain.
We should also take a moment to note that famed Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has three of the top four betting favourites in this race: Bondi Beach, Order of St. George and Fields of Athenry. The only non-Aidan horse in the running is top-favourite Storm the Stars.
Aidan has expressed confidence in all three horses of late. On Monday, he said that Fields of Athenry suffered a poor draw in the Ebor but would not be surprised if he leads the pack this weekend. He also said he was very happy with Order of St George and Bondi Beach when they last met. Both horses have run very well since then and he is “delighted with the manner” of St. George’s at the Curragh.
Antepost Betting Odds
Ladbrokes and William Hill are all accepting antepost bets on the winner right now. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, antepost wagers are simply bets that you can place in advance of the actual race. These wagers are open for action right now. All you have to do is pick the horse you like most and book your bet.
Note to our US readers: US-friendly horse racing sites don’t typically offer pre-race wagers. If you live in the United States and want to bet on the St Leger Stakes, you should check with one of the sites listed near the top of this page and place your bets on the day of the race.
Wes Burns has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a writer, researcher, and analyst in the legal online betting industry and is co-founder of OnlineBettingSites.com. Wes approaches his work from the viewpoint of players.