2021 Irish St Leger Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets
The second and final day of Irish Champions Weekend features four Group One races. The main event is the Irish St Leger, which was won in 2019 by Search For A Song.
Many of Ireland's finest stayers have claimed victory in this fabled Classic, including Yeats, Order Of St George and Vinnie Roe.
We have tips for the feature race for you here, plus the latest odds, form and key trends.
Irish St Leger Key Facts
|Date||Sunday, 12th September, 2021|
|Race Type||Set Weights|
2021 Irish St Leger Odds
No odds are currently available for the 2021 Irish St Leger.
2021 Irish St Leger Tips
When the final field has revealed, we'll publish our guide to the 2021 Irish St Leger.
2020 Irish St Leger Result
|1st||Search For A Song||9/1|
Irish St Leger Day Card
|1:20pm||Curragh||Bold Lad Handicap (Premier Handicap) 6f|
|1:55pm||Curragh||Blandford Stakes (Group 2) 1m2f|
|2:25pm||Curragh||Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) 5f|
|3:00pm||Curragh||Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) 7f|
|3:35pm||Curragh||Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) 7f|
|4:10pm||Curragh||Irish St Leger (Group 1) 1m6f|
|5:25pm||Curragh||Super Auction Sale Stakes 6½f|
|6:00pm||Curragh||Northfields Handicap (Premier Handicap) 1m2f|
Irish St Leger History
The Irish St Leger is the fifth and final Classic of the season in Ireland. This Group One race is staged at the Curragh, and is run over a challenging one-and-three-quarter mile trip.
The Irish St Leger is also the final leg on the Irish Triple Crown. The colt's Triple Crown consists of the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Irish Derby and the Irish St Leger.
Fillies have to win the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Irish Oaks, along with the Irish St Leger, if they want to win the Triple Crown.
Unlike the British version of the St Leger, which is only open to three-year-olds, older horses are free to enter the Irish St Leger. This means there have been a number of multiple winners of this Classic.
Vintage Crop was the first to do just that, winning the Irish St Leger in 1993 and '94. Oscar Schindler and Kayf Tara both managed back to back victories before the turn of the century.
2001 saw Dermot Weld's Vinnie Roe win the Irish St Leger for the first time. Vinnie Roe would go on to retain his title the following year, complete a hat-trick in 2003 and win the Irish St Leger for the fourth time in 2004.
Vincent O'Brien is the most successful trainer in the history of this Classic, having saddled nine winners between 1959 and 1988.
His son, Aidan O'Brien has carried on his family's rich tradition of Irish St Leger winners, with the last of his five winners coming in 2019, when Flag Of Honour scooped the top prize.
Plenty of British trainers have celebrated success in the Irish St Leger down the years. John Dunlop, Paul Cole, James Fanshawe and Jeremy Noseda have all won the race. John Gosden and Mark Johnston shared the prize in 2011, when Duncan and Jukebox Jury dead-heated.
Tom Dascombe celebrated a famous win in 2014, when the popular Brown Panther won the Irish St Leger.
Order Of St George won the race for the first time the following season. Having been upset by Willie Mullins Wicklow Brave in 2016, Order Of St George successfully regained his title in 2017.
The 2019 edition of the Irish St Leger went the way of Dermot Weld once again, as his three-year-old filly, Search For A Song upset Kew Gardens to claim Classic glory. Weld's filly then joined the illustrious list of two-time Irish St Leger winners, beating Fujaira Prince to retain her title in 2020.
Irish St Leger Winners
|2020||Search For A Song|
|2019||Search For A Song|
|2018||Flag Of Honour|
|2017||Order Of St George|
|2015||Order Of St George|
|2013||Voleuse de Coeurs|
|2011||Duncan + Jukebox Jury|