William Hill agree three-year deal with Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) to sponsor the St Leger Festival including the world’s oldest Classic horserace.
The three-year deal sees William Hill sponsor the Group 1 St Leger Stakes, worth £700,000 this year, along with a feature race each day of the four-day festival which will be known as ‘The William Hill St Leger Festival’ and run from Wednesday 13 September to Saturday 16 September 2017.
Alongside the feature race, William Hill will sponsor the following races;
- The William Hill Handicap on the opening day of the Festival (Wednesday);
- The William Hill May Hill Stakes on Ladies’ Day (Thursday);
- The William Hill Mallard Stakes on Gentlemen’s Day (Friday); and
- The William Hill Portland Stakes on the finale, alongside the William Hill St Leger Stakes on the final day (Saturday).
Wednesday 13th September
The Festival kicks off with a bang when retired celebrities of the saddle dust off their breeches and return to action in the feature event competing in the charity race, a contest run on the straight mile. The Leger Legends race helps raise money for the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys.
Thursday 14th September
DFS Ladies day is the ultimate in glitz and glamour and one of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions. Fashionable Ladies from across the region will be upping their efforts to stand out in the style stakes, in a bid to claim the coveted Best Dressed Lady title so make sure you get your best dress and heels at the ready!
Friday 15th September
The penultimate day of the iconic Festival, now known as Gentlemen’s day, attracts some of the most prestigious racing of the week, with the Doncaster Cup, the oldest race currently run under the Rules of Horse Racing, taking centre-stage.
Saturday 16th September
The William Hill St Leger Festival’s flagship day brings the four days to a dramatic climax. The biggest day of the week and home to the World’s oldest Classic, the St Leger Stakes.