Why 2021 St Leger is the Strongest Edition of the Race in a Long Time
As far as the classics go, St Leger can often go under the radar. Aside from being the last classic of the season, it's also hosted at Doncaster Racecourse. With the others taking place during the peak spring and summer months, and at the likes of Epsom and Newmarket, it's easy to see why the Leger is sometimes overlooked.
Another problem the event has had in recent years is a lack of quality. After all, the one-mile, six-and-a-half-furlong race isn't for the faint-hearted. Thankfully, the 2021 version appears to be packed with talented horses that will light up the main event in September.
Now that the dust has settled, Adayar has been given a rating of 125. Compared to Love, for example, the filly that won the Oaks by 16 lengths, that's an increase of three pounds. Masar, the Derby winner in 2018, was handed the same ranking, while only Golden Horn had a better rating in recent years after landing the most famous flat race crown in the world.
However, the current horse racing betting odds put Adayar at 7/2, which is enough to make him the second-favourite. That means the bookies feel there's a superior competitor in the race, which means a mouth-watering clash is on the horizon.
Hurricane Lane Bounced Back in Ireland
Trailing to Frankie Dettori by at least five lengths, and with only a furlong or two to go, Charlie Appleby's horse looked down and out, much like at Epsom in June. But he stayed on under the fine hands of William Buick, taking the victory in the final strides.
For punters and pundits, it isn't only the form that's a positive – it's also the fact he plugged on and found more speed. The Irish Derby is a mile-and-a-half race, whereas the Leger is almost a mile and seven furlongs so that quality is essential.
Several Horses Have Excuses
Then, in the Irish Derby, he was hampered and couldn't get a run at the right time. Regardless, he still finished third, which highlights how much class this horse has when Lady Luck is on his side. Bolshoi Ballet and Lone Eagle are two highly respected entrants that have had issues with the ground during the top races in the UK and Ireland this summer.
Therefore, while Adayar and Hurricane Lane appear to be the strongest contenders for the final classic of the year, an upset may well be on the cards.
If that's not a reason to pencil in St Leger for the 11th of September, then nothing is.
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