Steeped in over 400 years of history, the Betfred St Leger Festival is the world’s oldest classic. Founded in 1776 by Colonel Anthony St. Leger, the Betfred St Leger Festival is the highlight of Doncaster’s year, acclaimed as the premier sporting occasion of the Autumn calendar.
First run in 2010, the race has grown rapidly in stature whilst capturing the attentions of the national racing media. The likes of Mick Kinane and the most successful lady jockey of all time, Julie Krone, have both lifted the Leger Legends accolade. In 2015, 20 times National Hunt Champion Jockey and legend of the racing World, Sir A P McCoy OBE, took the crown.
One of the highlights of the Betfred St Leger Festival is the Betfred Doncaster Cup, which was first run in 1766. First staged 10 years before the inaugural running of the world’s oldest Classic, the Betfred St. Leger, the Group Two feature today forms part of the Qipco British Champions’ Series and is the final leg of the prestigious stayers’ triple crown.
The British 'Classics' are five races known as the most prestigious in the horse racing calendar. The Doncaster highlight forms the final leg of the Classic British 'Triple Crown' - an accolade last claimed in 1970 by Nijinsky. A well-known racing saying states that "The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby - and the best horse wins the St Leger”.