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2020 St Leger Festival Schedule - Dates, racecards and horses to look out for this week at Doncaster

  • We take a look through the schedule for this year's St Leger meeting
  • The final Classic of the season takes place at Doncaster on Saturday
  • Six Group Two prizes will be up for grabs during the three-day meeting
  • The Portland and Mallard Handicaps will be handed out too
  • Here's the full schedule for the week at Doncaster
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Doncaster's St Leger Festival. (Getty)

We take a look through the St Leger Festival scheduled, highlighting the key races punters can look forward to from Thursday afternoon at Doncaster.

The final Classic of the 2020 season is almost upon us, and this year's St Leger is shaping up to be an absolutely fascinating race. Before we reach the namesake race of the meeting, however, there are three stacked cards to take in at Doncaster.

Here are the three racecards in full, and a few horses that punters should keep an eye out for during this year's St Leger Festival.

St Leger Festival Day One


Time
Title
1:10pm Sky 415 Conditions Stakes (Class 2) 1m2f
1:40pm Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6½f
2:10pm bet365 May Hill Stakes (Group 2) 1m
2:40pm £200,000 2-Y-O Stakes (Class 2) 6½f
3:15pm bet365 Park Hill Fillies' Stakes (Group 2) 1m6½f
3:45pm Prise Promise at bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 7f
4:15pm Doncaster Handicap (Class 3) 6f

The opening day of the St Leger meeting is headlined by the May Hill Stakes. This two-year-old contest has been won by top fillies like Laurens and Powerful Breeze in recent seasons. Surprise Sweet Solera winner, Star Of Emaraaty could clash with unbeaten trio Zabeel Queen, Indigo Girl and Earth Strike, in a race which could give us plenty of pointers to next year's 1000 Guineas.

The second Group Two on Thursday's card is the Park Hill Stakes, again just for fillies. Alpinista and Manuela De Vega finished second and fourth behind Love in the Yorkshire Oaks last month, and could clash again over this extended mile-and-a-quarter trip.

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Laurens (left) winning the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster in 2017. (Getty)

St Leger Festival Day Two


Time
Title
1:10pm Premier Fillies' Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f
1:40pm bet365 Mallard Handicap (Class 2) 1m6½f
2:10pm bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 6½f
2:40pm Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f
3:15pm bet365 Doncaster Cup (Group 2) 2m2f
3:45pm bet365 Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed) 7f
4:15pm Maiden Stakes (Class 3) 7f

The first of the ITV races at Doncaster on Friday is the Mallard Handicap, a race which is often used as a trial for the Cesarewich Handicap at Newmarket later in the month.

At 2:40pm, some of the quickest juveniles in training do battle in the Flying Childers Stakes. Ger Lyon's Frenetic will likely head the market, with Ventura Tormenta, The Lir Jet and another Irish raider, Steel Bull also in the running.

Sadly, Stradivarius will not defend the Doncaster Cup this week. Viewers can still expect a high-quality renewal of day two's feature race, where Nayef Road, Eagles By Day, Spanish Mission and Red Verdon could all square off.

St Leger Festival Day Three


Time
Title
1:15pm Virgin 535 Handicap (Class 2) 1m
1:50pm Champagne Stakes (Group 2) 7f
2:25pm Portland Handicap (Class 2) 5½f
3:00pm Park Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3:35pm Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1) 1m 6½f
4:05pm Sky 415 Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 1m
5:10pm Middle Distance Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f

Saturday's televised action kicks off in thrilling fashion, as some of the best juvenile colts in the land do battle in the Champagne Stakes. Many top-class colts have achieved great things after winning this seven-furlong contest, and many of this year's entrants will go on to take part in the Dewhurst Stakes in October.

The Portland Handicap - won 12 months ago by future July Cup champion Oxted - is up next, before we reach the second Group Two on the card. The Park Stakes is one of the premier seven-furlong races held in England, and has been won by Group One winners like Pastoral Pursuits, Limato and Mustashry.

Finally, we reach the Pertemps St Leger. Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby winner, Santiago had topped the betting for much of the summer. However, following that stunning display in the Great Voltigeur, William Muir's Pyledriver has risen to the top of the market, and many fancy he will claim a fairytale victory in the final Classic of the 2020 campaign.

Click here to see the latest betting for the 2020 St Leger.
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