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The St Leger event was devised by Anthony St. Leger, an army officer and politician who lived near Doncaster.
The inaugural running was held at Cantley Common on 24 September 1776. The first winner was an unnamed filly owned by the event’s organizer, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. The filly was later named Allabaculia. The title St. Leger Stakes was decided at a dinner party held in 1777 to discuss the following year’s race. It was suggested that it should be called the Rockingham Stakes in honour of the host, the Marquess of Rockingham, but the Marquess proposed that it should be named instead after Anthony St. Leger. The event was moved to its present location, Town Moor, in 1778.
The race came to national prominence in 1800, when a horse called Champion registered the first Derby-St. Leger double. Its length was cut to 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 193 yards in 1813, and despite some minor alterations has remained much the same ever since. The victory of West Australian in 1853 completed the first success in the Triple Crown.
The Race Programmer is sponsoring the St Leger races with £320.00; two Prive races sponsored with £128.00 cash and a £64.00 lucky draw for one horse from each grade to win one of the following prizes:
£38.40 G1 Winner:
£16.00 G2 Winner:
£9.60 G3 Winner:
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