St Leger 2023: Betting Trends for the Doncaster Classic

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St Leger 2023: Betting Trends for the Doncaster Classic

The eyes of the horse racing world will be on Doncaster Racecourse this weekend as the historic St Leger Stakes is staged.

The long-distance race on Saturday is the standout event of an action-packed three-day meeting that attracts massive crowds to the Yorkshire venue.

We’ve scoured the recent record books to identify three key betting trends that we think will help you pick the winner of this year’s St Leger.


  • Favourites often fare well in the St Leger.
  • Goodwood and York form can be the key.
  • Last time out winners worth following.

Follow the St Leger Favourite

There is little to choose between the top four horses in the St Leger betting, with under two points separating the quartet in the market.

Following which horse ends up as the favourite could prove profitable, with a whopping 43 percent of the last 21 market leaders winning the race.

Arrest is the current favourite for the race, but pay heed to any fluctuations at the head of the market before wagering on horse racing betting sites.

Goodwood and York Trials Worth Monitoring

The Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and Great Voltigeur Stakes at York are often excellent guides to the winner of the St Leger.

Both races have produced plenty of St Leger winners this century – a factor which points to the chances of Continuous, Gregory, Desert Hero and Chesspiece.

The latter can arguably be ruled out as he has never previously won a Group race, but there will likely be little to choose between the other trio.

Look for Last Time Out Winners

Twelve of the last 21 winners of the St Leger triumphed in their last race – a statistic which bodes well for the chances of Arrest, Continuous, Desert Hero and Middle Earth.

Horses that have run four or five times during the season have performed well in recent years, which puts a minor negative against Desert Hero’s chances.

At the current odds, Middle Earth could be the value each-way bet at odds of 8/1 on UK betting apps having been supplemented for the race.

St Leger 2024: Latest Doncaster Betting

Here are the latest 2023 St Leger betting odds via Planet Sport Bet:

  • Arrest - 10/3
  • Continuous - 4/1
  • Gregory - 4/1
  • Desert Hero - 5/1
  • Middle Earth - 8/1
  • Chesspiece - 11/1
  • Tower Of London - 12/1
  • Alexandroupolis - 25/1
  • Denmark – 50/1