The second day of the 2019 St Leger Festival takes place on Thursday 12 September. The meeting is known as the William Hill St Leger Festival – DFS Ladies Day and the fillies take centre stage in both the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes and the Group 2 May Hill Stakes. Check out our free tips for the William Hill St Leger Festival.
Park Hill Stakes 2019 Analysis
14:40 at Doncaster on 12th Sept
The Park Hill Stakes is open to fillies and mares aged three and older and it is run over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 115 yards. 4-year-olds have been the most successful age group in the last decade with seven winners, with the other three all being 3-year-olds. The draw has had little significance with winners drawn as low as stall one and as high as stall 14.
Three of the last seven winners had won their previous race, but the last three winners had finished third, third, and seventh in their previous race. The last 10 winners had all enjoyed a gap of at least 25 days between races, with some being absent from the track for up to 97 days.
John Gosden, Ralph Beckett, and Mark Johnston have all trained winners in the last decade. Seven of the last 10 winners have been returned at no bigger than 5/1, but there have been 25/1 and 28/1 winners.
Amazingly, seven of this year’s field are 3-year-olds but it’s hard to get excited about any of Aidan O’Brien’s three possible runners, Peach Tree, South Sea Pearl, and Delphinia, especially as O’Brien has yet to train a winner of this race. Oydis and Star Terms also need to improve for this stamina test. One horse that did improve for the step up to this trip is Vivid Diamond, but she raced just 12 days ago and had a featherweight when winning at Chester.
If a 3-year-old is successful this year, it is likely to be Dame Malliot who has won her last two starts impressively, beating a useful yardstick called Klassique into third last time. That form gives her every chance of beating Enbihaar who beat Klassique by slightly less distance earlier in the season.
However, the 4-year-old Enbihaar looked an improved performer last time at Goodwood, when a change to hold-up tactics seemed to suit John Gosden’s imposing filly. There should be plenty of pace on here, and she’s taken to bide her time up the long Town Moor straight before proving too good late on for the 3-year-olds.
May Hill Stakes 2019 Analysis
15:45 at Doncaster on 12th Sept
The May Hill Stakes is open to 2-year-old fillies and is run over a mile. Seven of the last 10 winners were returned no bigger than 7/2 but there have been 12/1 and 14/1 winners in the last decade.
Winners had run 14 to 50 days earlier, whilst nine winners had run at least twice. Godolphin has owned four of the last nine winners.
The stats suggest it could pay to take on the once-raced trio of Cloak Of Spirits, Anna Of Sussex, and Powerful Breeze, whilst Passion and Anaya have a bit to prove.
Boomer and West End Girl are respected, but Alpen Rose could be the each-way value. Owned by Godolphin, she was slowly away on debut over seven furlongs but made amends easily last time. That run came over course and distance, suggesting this race has always been the main target for this daughter of Sea The Stars.