A Closer Look At the 2022 St Leger Festival at Doncaster
October 24, 2022
The St Leger Festival is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious horse racing events. Held yearly at Doncaster Racecourse, the event attracts some of the best jockeys and horses worldwide. This year’s festival has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet, with plenty of competitive races scheduled. In this article, we will take a closer look at what happened at this year’s St. Leger Festival!
The St. Leger Festival is a five-day horse racing event that occurs every year at Doncaster Racecourse in England, except for a few past instances. The festival culminates with the St. Leger Stakes, a Group One flat race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. The event was first held in 1776, making it one of the oldest horse racing events in the world.
The St. Leger Festival is held every year in September. In 2022, the festival lasted from Wednesday, September 7th, to Saturday, September 10th.
What Happened at the 2022 St. Leger Festival?
The St Leger Festival was four days of cracking action kicking off at Doncaster on Wednesday and started with a bang. There were many contenders for the prestigious prize, including horses like GRAND CENTRAL (4 recommendations), who have shaped well so far and should benefit from stepping up to 1m for their second start ever! Grand Central is a Clive Cox-trained horse currently handicapping off a mark of 76 and is open to more improvement. He is expected to benefit from stepping up to 1m for the first time.
The tongue tie also goes into effect, which can make all difference when racing. On the second day of the festival, most eyes were on SEA ON TIME. While there are almost no official figures on this, the filly is a progressive type. She should relish the step up in class to 1m6f.
last Handicap debut
The William Haggas-trained star emerged unscathed after an extended struggle on her last Handicap debut at Salisbury, which saw her engage in overdrive to look better the further into the distance she went. With four tries under Local Stock, Horse Racing Association rules already completed successfully, and two starts this season outside Oficial Race Calendar conditions – it’s a safe bet that these odds aren’t bad for anyone willing to take them.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, a Kevin Ryan-trained colt, raced in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes on the third day. The 2-year-old colt was the value bet of the race. This is because of his past performances. He was a runner-up in the last two starts before the festival and was only beaten by a head on both occasions, and it was interesting that he dropped back to the minimum trip.
With the records, it wouldn’t be a shock if he managed to stay firmly in the mix once again.
Looking at Saturday’s big race, the market seemed to suggest that it would all turn into a one-horse race. It appeared that New London was the odds-on favourite. However, BLUEGRASS shouldn’t have to be overlooked.
stages at Leopardstown
Sure! He was sluggish in the early stages at Leopardstown last time but showed great form after being three months off the track. The long straights at Town Moor were set to suit the galloper who had proved himself when he came third to Desert Crown earlier in the 2022 season in Dante. However, he failed to place contrary to what most people expected.
Vadeni, who was also a people’s favourite because of winning the Eclipse, failed to perform. The Leopardstown performance wasn’t expected since he’s a well-known performer.