A Closer Look at the St. leger Festival Weekend Events
October 24, 2022
The St. Leger Festival was recently held, and all eyes were on Doncaster Racecourse for the weekend. The four-day event is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, and this year’s festival is shaping up to be an exceptional occasion. As always, St. Leger was the highlight of the weekend, with plenty of top-class racing action on offer. However, a lot was going on away from the track, with a whole host of other events and activities taking place.
If you didn’t manage to make it to Doncaster for the festival, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. This article will focus on the September 11 events, including one at 1:00 pm, 1:35 pm, and 3:20 pm.
The recent performances by BELLOSA, a Jane Chapple-Hyam trained filly, make it difficult to gauge how she would place against the field. This made her an interesting candidate for the Doncaster race. Her record performances have shown that the filly can’t just be dismissed. For instance, two years ago, BELLOSSA morphed into something special when winning at Newmarket on her start as a professional!
Her trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam should’ve known better than anyone how much potential there still appears to be in these fillies. Unfortunately, since then, things haven’t gone too smoothly, with injuries taking their toll – not only did they force Bellosa out early last time around (she could barely walk afterwards).
Flying Childers Stakes
The Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes is an important race, and Ed stated that he would not be surprised if MALRESCIA won. The first-time tongue-tie application should’ve made all the difference in this challenging event, as it would’ve allowed her more balance. This is especially true while she’s running on tight tracks with fewer inequalities between horses explicitly trained for these types of surfaces or those who have been used to training over deeper ground sessions before going to the racecourse. The horse has shown great form since joining William Buick’s team just last month after going winless across two starts from July 19 until September 10, where she ended up finishing third behind winners only.
Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori
While the two-year-old filly failed to score the top position, she was the first runner-up, which is a win for her team. It is hard to look past Ralph Beckett and Frankie Dettori, who combine with KINROSS in this year’s Park Stakes. The 7f trip seems like an ideal fit for him, as he thrives on the rain-softened ground; I expect there will be no challenge from any other contender here!