The final Classic of the UK's 2023 flat racing season takes place at the weekend as Doncaster Racecourse prepares to host the Group 1 Betfred St Leger on Saturday afternoon. Raced over 1m6f, the Betfred St Leger is contested over the furthest distance of any of the five Classics and having been established back in 1776, the St Leger Stakes is also the oldest of the Classics. Here at freebets.ltd.uk we'll preview this year's St Leger renewal, offering the best race odds and free bet offers from new race sponsors, Betfred.
Frankie Dettori rides in his last English Classic before retirement on Saturday and he would undoubtedly be a hugely popular winner on board Arrest. Dettori and Arrest's trainer, John Gosden teamed up for the last of Dettori's six St Leger wins when he saddled Logician in 2019.
Arrest heads to Doncaster in good form having won a Group race at Newmarket less than a month ago. The three-year-old won the Chester Vase in May but underwhelmed when favourite for the Derby and also disappointed in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Strong Gosden Representation
John Gosden has five St Leger wins of his own and has an excellent chance of winning a sixth at the weekend. As well as Arrest, the Gosden team also train Gregory and Middle Earth. Middle Earth contests his first Group race having impressed when winning the Melrose Handicap. Gregory was a long-time antepost favourite for Saturday's St Leger but his popularity has eased slightly with the softening ground. Winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, Gregory could only manage third in the Great Voltigeur Stakes last time out.
Great Voltigeur Stakes winner, Continuous also runs in the St Leger and he looks the best value amongst the market leaders. Finished three places and more than eight lengths ahead of Arrest when finishing second to King Of Steel in the King Edward VII Stakes and may just start as favourite at the weekend.
Desert Hero out to Emulate Dunfermline
Desert Hero would prove a hugely popular winner of the Betfred St Leger for owners, the King and Queen. Dunfermline was the last Royal-owned Classic winner when he landed the St Leger in 1977 and Desert Hero has as good a chance as any on Saturday. Desert Hero gave the newly-crowned King and Queen their first Royal Ascot winner when landing the King George V Stakes and was back in the winners enclosure when landing a Group 3 on soft ground over 1m4f at Glorious Goodwood.
Betfred St Leger Odds
- 10/3: Arrest
- 4/1: Continuous, Gregory
- 5/1: Desert Hero
- 8/1: Middle Earth
- 12/1: Tower Of London, Chesspiece
- 25/1: Alexandroupolis
- 50/1: Denmark
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