The abundance of great racing recently has only served to build up our excitement for the St Leger – and in a brief period of respite from Camelot and St Leger fever at Doncaster, we’ve had only one word on our lips – Frankel.
The wonder-horse delivered a stunning performance in York’s Juddmonte International Stakes – once again proving that he is one of the greatest horses of all time.
Frankel, as usual, looked unbeatable as he chalked up his 13th straight victory, responding immediately to the whip of jockey Tom Queally, to take a victory that could not have been any more convincing or popular.
Speculation is now rife as to where Frankel will end what has been an unprecedented career - here in the UK at Ascot’s British Champions Day, or in Paris at the 12-furlong Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The ease with which Frankel stepped up to 10 furlongs in the International Stakes will no doubt make the trip to Paris that little bit more enticing for his team, and will have the racing community geed up for a historic end to a dazzling career.
We were fortunate enough to have Frankel run at Doncaster in September 2010, as he embarked on his racing career. Though he was convincing then, no one could possibly have predicted he would go on to quite such greatness – it’s exciting to think that the Town Moor turf has played host to a horse that has put its name in the history books as one of racing’s most accomplished horses.
Of course, we will be playing host to another horse that is vying to put its own name among racing’s elite in less than a fortnight. Racing fans from around the world are set to descend on Town Moor for the Ladbrokes St Leger festival, four days of glorious racing starting on September 12, that will be topped off by a race featuring another high-profile horse, Aiden O’Brien trained Camelot. Our showcase event will be made bigger than ever this year by the potential to witness history being made, as the three-year old runs in the St Leger, attempting to complete the Triple Crown.
For more information about the St Leger Festival or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918. Tickets are still available but pre booking is strongly advised given the huge interest in the meeting.