Doncaster St Leger Festival 2020

The Doncaster St Leger Festival, from the 9th-12th September, is home to some of the most prestigious races of the British calendar and is certainly a meeting to look out for. Chosen as one of the pilot events to welcome crowds back to with racegoers being safely welcomed to the course on the first day under government guidelines, with stringent safety measures in place. However, the Government’s announcement on the 9th September put a stop to Doncaster’s carefully planned return to racing for the remaining three days. Plans will undoubtedly change for the other racecourses chosen to host crowds over the coming months. With the safety of the public in mind, Doncaster have done well to make changes at the last minute to ensure audiences can watch safely from home. Below, The Wine Tipster details his key races of the week and the significance of the meeting.

The Doncaster St Leger is one of the most prestigious race weeks of the British horse racing calendar. The St Leger on Saturday is the oldest of Britain’s five classics (the other four being the 2,000 & 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Epsom Oaks and Epsom Derby) and is the highlight of the four days of top racing. The meeting kicks off on Day 1 with the Leger Legends Day, with the Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes over a straight mile raising money for important charities with Jack Berry House, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the National Horseracing College. Ladies Day Thursday 10th September features two Group Two races and the female jockeys’ Silk Series final, created by the Arena Racing Company. The penultimate day of the festival, Gentleman’s Day, includes the Doncaster Cup, the oldest race currently run under the rules of horse racing, taking centre stage. St Leger Day brings the meeting to a dramatic close on the Saturday, with the showpiece race, the St Leger Stakes, in what is a fascinating renewal. Certainly not a meeting to be missed, celebrate the 2020 Doncaster St Leger Festival!

Look out for The Wine Tipster’s key races of the week on ITV 3:

Wednesday 9th September

2:10 Scarbrough Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (2yo+)

2:40 Leger Legends Classified Stakes (Class 5) (3yo+ 0-70)

3:15 Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Thursday 10th September

2:10 May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (Class 1) (2yo)

2:40 Weatherbys Racing Bank £200,000 2-Y-O Stakes (Class 2) (2yo)

3:15 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Friday 11th September

2:40 Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (2yo)

3:15 Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+)

3:45 Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (2yo)

Saturday 12th September

1:50 Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 1) (2yo)

2:25 Portland Handicap (Class 2) (3yo+)

3:30 Park Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+)

3:35 Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo)

The Wine Tipster will be active on social media throughout the meeting, and will be providing his tips in his Unibet Racing Blog. Subscribe to The Wine Tipster Blog here to get the latest posts straight to your inbox.

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