Sponsorship Horse Racing

The William Hill St Leger Stakes 2017

The 2017 William Hill St Leger Stakes has attracted 45 entries from Great Britain, Ireland and France. This exceeds the 42 entries received in 2016 and 29 in 2015.

The world’s oldest Classic will be run on Saturday 16 September at Doncaster Racecourse with a total prize fund of £700,000.

The sponsors, William Hill, make Aidan O’Brien’s CAPRI favourite at 4/1, one of a total of eighteen entries from Ballydoyle.

Entries extend across the Channel with SHAKEEL entered from the yard of Alain de Royer Dupre, currently priced at 8/1. The last French winner of the race was the Andre Fabre-trained Toulon in 1991.

Four-time St Leger winning trainer John Gosden has a total of six entries which includeCORONET and STRADIVARIUS, the sponsor’s current co third favourites at 10/1 along with REKINDLING (Joseph O’Brien) and RAHEEN HOUSE (Brian Meehan).

A win for Joseph O’Brien’s first runner REKINDLING would see him become the first person to both ride and train a winner of the world’s oldest Classic since Harry Wragg completed the feat in 1969.

William Hill’s Head of Sponsorship PR, Tony Kenny, said: “This is a very strong field of entries for the William Hill St Leger but following Capri’s win in the Irish Derby at the Curragh earlier this month, we have installed him as the favourite at 4/1.  This is the first year of our involvement with the race and we are very much looking forward to seeing which of the forty five entries move forward and come to Doncaster in September for the world’s oldest Classic.”

 

The full list of entries can be found in Notes to Editors.

 

William Hill St Leger: (Sponsors bet) 4/1 Capri, 8/1 Shakeel,  10/1 Coronet, Raheen House, Rekindling, Stradivarius, 14/1 Defoe, Khalidi, 16/1 Crystal Ocean, Permian, 20/1 Benbatl, Count Octave, Orderofthegarter, Venice Beach, Yucatan, 25/1 Best Solution, Douglas Macarthur, Glencadam Glory, Sir John Lavery, 33/1 Atty Persse, Exemplar, Melodic Motion, Sofia’s Rock, Spanish Steps, Taj Mahal,  40/1 Bin Battuta, Horseplay, Master Singer, Pouvoir Magique, The Grand Visir, 50/1 Best Of Days,  Abyssinian, Air Supremacy, Belgravia, The Anvil, Utah, Zenon, 66/1 Cape Coast, Dubawi Prince, Finn McCool, San Remo, Squire’s Tale, Tuff Rock, World Stage, 100/1 Dark Pearl -  (EW 1/5 1-2-3).

 

William Hill St Leger Specials

8/13 Winner to be trained in UK 

11/8 Winner to be trained in Ireland 

6/4 Aidan O'Brien to train the winner   

7/2 John Gosden to train the winner 

11/1 Record race time (3m 00.44secs) to be beaten - (Masked Marvel – 2011)

33/1 Widest winning distance (12 lengths in 1954) to be beaten – (Never Say Die – 1954)

 

Tickets for the William Hill St Leger Festival are available from £8.50 For full details please visit: http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.

 

ENDS

Related press release "William Hill sponsors The St Leger" (26 June 2017)

 

For further information please contact: 

Susannah Gill 
Director of External Affairs
Arena Racing Company

Office: 020 7802 5120
Mobile:  
07751 870 929
Email: 
sgill@arenaracingcompany.co.uk  

Tony Kenny
Head of Sponsorship PR
William Hill PLC

Office:  020 8918 3627
Mobile: 07714 138 698
Email: tkenny@williamhill.co.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Should he win the 2017 St Leger Stakes, Joseph O’Brien (rode Leading Light 2013) will become the first trainer to have also won the race as a jockey since Harry Wragg (trained Intermezzo 1969, rode Herringbone 1943 and Sandwich 1931)

 

 

The full list of the William Hill St Leger Stakes Entries for 2017

THE WILLIAM HILL ST LEGER STAKES (CLASS 1)  (Group 1) (British Champions Series) atDONCASTER on 16/09/2017

Animal

Age

Owner

Trainer

Abyssinian (IRE)

3

Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor

Aidan O'Brien

Air Supremacy (IRE)

3

M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M J Jooste

Aidan O'Brien

Atty Persse (IRE)

3

Godolphin

Roger Charlton

Belgravia (IRE)

3

Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor

Aidan O'Brien

Benbatl (GB)

3

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor

Best of Days (GB)

3

Godolphin

Hugo Palmer

Best Solution (IRE)

3

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor

Bin Battuta (GB)

3

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor

Cape Coast (GB)

3

Mr Ali Saeed

Mark Johnston

Capri (IRE)

3

Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor

Aidan O'Brien

Coronet (GB)

3

Denford Stud

John Gosden

Count Octave (GB)

3

Qatar Racing Limited

Andrew Balding

Crystal Ocean (GB)

3

Sir Evelyn De Rothschild

Sir Michael Stoute

Dark Pearl (IRE)

3

O.T.I. Racing & Mr Chi Un Fred Ma

Ed Walker

Defoe (IRE)

3

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Douglas Macarthur (IRE)

3

M J Jooste/Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith

Aidan O'Brien

Dubawi Prince (GB)

3

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Exemplar (IRE)

3

Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier

Aidan O'Brien

Finn McCool (IRE)

3

Mrs Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien

Glencadam Glory (GB)

3

Angus Dundee Distillers Plc

John Gosden

Horseplay (GB)

3

Cliveden Stud

Andrew Balding

Khalidi (GB)

3

Mr Nizar Anwar

John Gosden

Master Singer (USA)

3

Teneri Farms Inc.

John Gosden

Melodic Motion (IRE)

3

Qatar Racing Limited

Ralph Beckett

Orderofthegarter (IRE)

3

Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor

Aidan O'Brien

Permian (IRE)

3

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Mark Johnston

Pouvoir Magique (FR)

3

H. R. H. Princess Haya of Jordan

John Gosden

Raheen House (IRE)

3

Mr J. L. Day

Brian Meehan

Rekindling (GB)

3

Mr Lloyd J. Williams

Joseph Patrick O'Brien

San Remo (IRE)

3

Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier

Aidan O'Brien

Shakeel (FR)

3

H.H. Aga Khan

A. de Royer Dupre

Sir John Lavery (IRE)

3

Mrs John Magnier

Aidan O'Brien

Sofia's Rock (FR)

3

Mezzone Family 1

Mark Johnston

Spanish Steps (IRE)

3

Tabor/Smith/Mrs Magnier/Flaxman Stables

Aidan O'Brien

Squire's Tale (IRE)

3

Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith

Aidan O'Brien

Stradivarius (IRE)

3

Mr B. E. Nielsen

John Gosden

Taj Mahal (IRE)

3

Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor

Aidan O'Brien

The Anvil (IRE)

3

D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor/Mrs O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien

The Grand Visir (GB)

3

Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

William Haggas

Tuff Rock (USA)

3

H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Ed Walker

Utah (IRE)

3

Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith/China Horse Club

Aidan O'Brien

Venice Beach (IRE)

3

Smith/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables

Aidan O'Brien

World Stage (IRE)

3

Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith

Aidan O'Brien

Yucatan (IRE)

3

Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith

Aidan O'Brien

Zenon (IRE)

3

Dhunjibhoy,Shirke,Desai,Audio Lounge Ltd

John Gosden

 

About The William Hill St Leger Stakes

The £700,000 William Hill St Leger Stakes is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds only. Colts carry 9st 1lb and fillies 8st 12lb. Entries closed on Tuesday 25 July, the scratchings deadline is Tuesday 29 August, the five-day confirmation and £50,000 supplementary stage is Monday 11 September and final declarations are on Thursday 14 September. It has a maximum field of 20. 

 

The previous 10 winners of the St Leger Stakes Winners

 

Year

Horse

Owner 

Trainer

Jockey

2016

Harbour Law

Jackie Cornwall

Laura Mongan

George Baker

2015

Simple Verse

QRL/Al Thani/

Al Kabaisi

Ralph Beckett

Andrea Atzeni

2014

Kingston Hill

Paul Smith

Roger Varian

Andrea Atzeni

2013

Leading Light

Smith/Magnier/Tabor

Aidan O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien

2012

Encke

Godolphin

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Mickael Barzalona

2011

Masked Marvel

Bjorn Nielsen

John Gosden

William Buick

2010

Arctic Cosmos

Hood/Geffen

John Gosden

William Buick

2009

Mastery

Godolphin

Saed bin Suroor

Ted Durcan

2008

Conduit

Ballymacoll Stud

Sir Michael Stoute

Frankie Dettori

2007

Lucarno

George Strawbridge

John Gosden

Jimmy Fortune

 

The History of the St Leger Stakes

The St Leger holds a special place in history as the world’s oldest Classic. Named after local sportsman Anthony St Leger, who lived at Park Hill near Doncaster, and run over a distance in excess of a mile and three quarters, the great race dates back to 1776 and is considered to be the ultimate test of a three-year-old thoroughbred. Indeed, it has been graced by some of racing’s greatest champions through the centuries.

 

West Australian was the first horse to win the ‘Triple Crown’ in 1853 with victories in the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger. Nijinsky was the last horse to win the ‘Triple Crown’ in 1970 with Lester Piggott on board, enjoying one of his 8 victories in the race during his legendary career. 

Seven years later a filly named Dunfermline etched her name in the record books by securing one of the most popular St Leger victories of all time. Ridden by Willie Carson, she rounded off her owner The Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in style, beating subsequent dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Alleged in a nail-biting finish. 

In 1985, Oh So Sharp completed the fillies’ triple crown, adding the St Leger to her triumphs in the 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks while User Friendly won for Clive Brittain and George Duffield in 1992.  Until 2008, the St Leger was the only Classic to have eluded nine-time champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute who finally set the record straight when Conduit claimed the glory under Frankie Dettori.

Fellow Newmarket trainer John Gosden has enjoyed even greater success in the St Leger since the racecourse underwent its redevelopment in 2007. Lucarno became the first horse to gallop to glory in front of the new grandstand under Jimmy Fortune, before Arctic Cosmos in 2010 and Masked Marvel in 2011 supplemented Gosden’s 1996 triumph with Shantou.

In 2016 Harbour Law became the first horse trained by a female trainer when winning for Laura Mongan and ridden by George Baker winning his first Classic.

 

About William Hill PLC:

William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing around 16,000 people. Founded in 1934, it is one of the UK's largest bookmakers with around 2,375 licensed betting offices that provide betting opportunities on a wide range of sporting and non-sporting events, gaming on machines and numbers-based products including lotteries.

The Group’s Online business (www.williamhill.com) is one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming businesses, providing customers with the opportunity to access William Hill's products online and via mobile devices and by telephone.

William Hill US was established in June 2012 and provides land-based and mobile sports betting services in Nevada, and is the exclusive risk manager for the State of Delaware’s sports lottery.

William Hill Australia is one of the largest online betting businesses in Australia, offering sports betting products online, via mobile devices and by telephone. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The Group generates revenues of c.£1.6bn a year.

About ARC:

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2017 ARC racecourses will host 540 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year. 

ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

 ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.

 In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for a £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park. This initiative is helping raise the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.

ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 7 through to Group 1s. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day St Leger Festival. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Welsh National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a hotel, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park.

 

ARC is a significant shareholder in the horseracing TV channel At The Races which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes, and a JV partner with Racing UK in GBI Racing which sells UK and Irish Racing to betting shop operators around the world.

 

In 2015 ARC set up The Racing Partnership. This limited company represents the media rights of the 15 ARC owned-racecourses and the 7 independent racecourses Fakenham, Fios Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Ripon and Towcester.

 

ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company; a signatory to a British Horseracing Authority’s and Horsemen’s Group Prize Money Agreement; and on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Great British Racing (“GBR”) and British Champion Series (“BCS”).

 

ARC employs over 500 permanent staff and engages with 3,500 casual staff for racing and events across its racecourses.  Further information about ARC can be found atwww.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.