The 2017 William Hill St Leger Stakes has attracted 45 entries from Great Britain, Ireland and France.
This exceeds the 42 entries received in 2016 and 29 in 2015.
The world’s oldest Classic will be run on Saturday 16 September at Doncaster Racecourse with a total prize fund of £700,000.
The sponsors, William Hill, make Aidan O’Brien’s CAPRI favourite at 4/1, one of a total of eighteen entries from Ballydoyle.
Entries extend across the Channel with SHAKEEL entered from the yard of Alain de Royer Dupre, currently priced at 8/1. The last French winner of the race was the Andre Fabre trained Toulon in 1991.
Four time St Leger winning trainer John Gosden has a total of seven entries which include CORONET and STRADIVARIUS, the sponsor’s current co third favourites at 10/1 along with REKINDLING (Joseph O’Brien) and RAHEEN HOUSE (Brian Meehan).
A win for Joseph O’Brien’s first runner REKINDLING would see him become the first person to both ride and train a winner of the world’s oldest Classic since Harry Wragg completed the feat in 1969.
William Hill’s Head of Sponsorship PR, Tony Kenny, said: “This is a very strong field of entries for the William Hill St Leger, but following Capri’s win in the Irish Derby at the Curragh earlier this month, we have installed him as the favourite at 4/1. This is the first year of our involvement with the race and we are very much looking forward to seeing which of the forty five entries move forward and come to Doncaster in September for the world’s oldest Classic.”
William Hill St Leger: (Sponsors bet) 4/1 Capri, 8/1 Shakeel, 10/1 Coronet, Raheen House, Rekindling, Stradivarius, 14/1 Defoe, Khalidi, 16/1 Crystal Ocean, Permian, 20/1 Benbatl, Count Octave, Orderofthegarter, Venice Beach, Yucatan, 25/1 Best Solution, Douglas Macarthur, Glencadam Glory, Sir John Lavery, 33/1 Atty Persse, Exemplar, Melodic Motion, Sofia’s Rock, Spanish Steps, Taj Mahal, 40/1 Bin Battuta, Horseplay, Master Singer, Pouvoir Magique, The Grand Visir, 50/1 Best Of Days, Abyssinian, Air Supremacy, Belgravia, The Anvil, Utah, Zenon, 66/1 Cape Coast, Dubawi Prince, Finn McCool, San Remo, Squire’s Tale, Tuff Rock, World Stage, 100/1 Dark Pearl - (EW 1/5 1-2-3).
William Hill St Leger Specials
8/13 Winner to be trained in UK
11/8 Winner to be trained in Ireland
6/4 Aidan OBrien to train the winner
7/2 John Gosden to train the winner
11/1 Record race time (3m 00.44secs) to be beaten - (Masked Marvel – 2011)
33/1 Widest winning distance (12 lengths in 1954) to be beaten – (Never Say Die – 1954)
Tickets for the William Hill St Leger Festival are available from £8.50 For full details please visit: http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.