The Irish St Leger takes place this Saturday at the Curragh and appears to offer a good opportunity for those interested in horse betting to get some stakes in play.
Horse betting pundits note how the race was established in 1915 and is based on the Doncaster St Leger Stakes with the contest open to three-year-old thoroughbreds and taking place over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs. The race is the third leg of the Irish Triple Crown and many of the recent winners have gone on to contest the Melbourne Gold Cup (a good note to ante-post backers).
This year a large proportion of the horse bets in the ante-post market have been on the favourite Fame And Glory. The horse is currently best priced at 4/5 with most bookmakers and makes plenty of appeal. Trained by Aiden O’Brien and with string of top-class victories to his name including an Irish Derby and the Ascot Gold Cup, the horse is sure to be fit and able to take on a strong field.
The smart five-year-old is the certainly the horse to beat but there are a number of others that are worthy of consideration. The biggest danger to Fame And Glory looks like coming from second favourite Jukebox Jury. The Mark Johnston-trained animal is believed to be working well at home and the current price of 9/2 may seem a little generous by Saturday evening. The horse has claimed 8 wins, 2 second places and 2 third place finishes in his 20 races and some performances have been absolutely top notch.
Another well-regarded runner as far as horse bets are concerned is Duncan from the John Gosden yard. The six-year-old has shown some patchy form this season but can produce some strong performances and the 5/1 on offer looks a little big.
The field is completed by the good Each Way betting chance Red Cadeaux (12/1), the solid Fictional Account (14/1) and rank outsider Waydownsouth (100/1).