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12 Runners and Riders Have Been Confirmed for the Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster
Set to hold on the 12th of September 2020, all 12 riders and runners that will be participating have been announced. St Leger is the oldest of the Five Classics in Britain, first run in 1776. It's the last of the five to be run every year and is longer than any of the four others.
The St Leger is the last leg of the Triple Crown of England, starting with the 2000 Guinea and continuing with the Derby Epsom.
After the local Council stopped the crowd pilot scheme at the track, Doncaster will be hosting the last three days of the St Leger Festival behind closed doors. The venue housed about 2500 spectators on the opening day (Wednesday) but with revised government guidelines reducing the gatherings to a limit of six instead of thirty, the meeting will be concluded behind closed doors as no fan will be allowed in the premises.
Pyledriver who is one of the favorites will bid to present William Muir with his first-ever Classic success as a trainer. This runner which costs just 10,000gns as a foal has earned victories in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and also a triumph by three-and-a-half-length at York in the Great Voltigeur. These Group 2s victories this season has placed the Pyledriver as a serious contender in the final Classic of the season.
During his seasonal reappearance at Kempton in early June, Pyledriver was a 40-1 shot when runner-up. Since then, the runner has made amazing progress and is part of the conversation on favorites as all attention was previously on Aidan O'Brien's trained Santiago for the final Classic on Saturday.
Following a poor performance at the Goodwood Cup where Santiago finished third behind Stradivarius, he is still the 11-4 joint-favorite and will be looking to make an impression at St Leger.
Frankie Dettori will mount the Irish Derby winner - Santiago - as the owner; Aidan O'Brien will be looking to clinch a win in the final Classic of the season. Frankie won the 2005 St Leger on Scorpion for O'Brien and both will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Mythical, who will be ridden by Emmet McNamara (Derby-winning jockey) and Dawn Patrol who will be coupled with Padraig Beggy are also runners and riders that will represent Aidan.
Joseph O'Brien will take his shot with Galileo Chrome leading the charge with his chances looking good. English King who looks to get his career back on track has been paired with Tom Marquand who is making his first appearance since his Derby Trial win at Lingfield. The pair will hope to make an impression for Ed Walker.
All riders and runners include;
Berkshire Rocco Andrea Atzeni
Dawn Patrol Padraig Beggy
English King Tom Marquand
Galileo Chrome Shane Crosse
Hukum Jim Crowley
Mohican Heights Jamie Spencer
Mythical Emmet McNamara
Pyledriver Martin Dwyer
Santiago Frankie Dettori
Subjectivist Joe Fanning
Sunchart Andrew Slattery
Tyson Fury Kieran Shoemark
Max Vega, Tiger Moth, and Believe In Love were the three withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage set to participate in Thursday afternoon run in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.