Top 5 St Leger moments
With the final British Classic of the season now days away, we thought we’d share our favourite moments from the St Leger at Doncaster.
5. Kingston Hill
The 2014 winner delivered a first British Classic win for both his trainer and jockey in the St Leger, succeeding by an impressive length and a quarter. He beat top rivals such as Romsdal and Snow Sky, despite initially being doubted to run in the race due to ground conditions. Kingston Hill was also only the fourth grey winner of the St Leger during the post-war period!
4. Oh So Sharp
Oh So Sharp completed the Triple Crown in the St Leger Stakes of 1985. She was opposed in the race by five colts, and was vying to be the first filly to achieve the Triple Crown since Meld in 1955. As 8/11 favourite she was hotly tipped to win, and despite being seriously under pressure in the closing stages, she beat her stable companion and a strong outsider by over three quarters of a length to round off her career in style.
3. Encke against Camelot
In 2013, the Irish colt Camelot started the St Leger as 2/5 favourite to become the first British Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky, after winning both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. Camelot battled to challenge for the lead in the final straight of the race, but while he was trying to find a space through the field for a clear run, the 25/1 outsider Encke blitzed past him in a clear lead, to win by a decisive ¾ length!
2. User Friendly
This impressive mare rounded off a staggering season with a win in the St Leger and making her tally for the year four straight Group 1 wins. This was also her second English Classic win, as her male rivals just couldn’t keep up to the pace – she won by a very impressive three and a half lengths.
As the 2/7 favourite for the Leger, Nijinsky did not let his fans down, and won easily, cruising into the lead a furlong from home. However, the race came on the back of a period of illness for the legendary horse, and it was doubtful he would be allowed to run. Even a fortnight before the race, Nijinsky was still not himself, but as a true champion, he performed at his best to take the title.