St Leger tips: Best bets and each-way punts for today’s Doncaster Classic

Hurricane Lane is the hot favourite for the final Classic of the season.

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A field of 10 are set to go to post in the final English Classic of the season – and Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane is the hot favourite to add another Group 1 success to his CV.

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The St Leger, the oldest of the Classics having first been run back in 1776, is the longest in distance of the five races at 1m 6f and 115y so stamina is a must for the runners.

Hurricane Lane’s principal threats according to the market are Gordon Stakes winner Ottoman Emperor and Epsom Derby runner-up Mojo Star. Master trainer Aidan O’Brien has saddled six St Leger winners and boasts four entries in this year’s renewal including High Definition, Interpretation, Sir Lucan and The Mediterranean.

Who will succeed Galileo Chrome as the St Leger champion? We’ll find out a little after 3.35pm but if you’re looking for a little punting inspiration then check out the top tips and best bets from Paddy’s pals below.

Timeform: “Charlie Appleby can secure a first St Leger win with Irish Derby hero HURRICANE LANE who spreadeagled his field in the Grand Prix de Paris and holds a clear form edge. There is little to worry about on the score of his stamina too with his dam a 2m winner. Gordon Stakes victor Ottoman Emperor looks the one to chase him home, with The Mediterranean appealing as the pick of Aidan O’Brien’s quartet.”

Ruby Walsh: “Hurricane Lane is clearly the one to beat and he should win. There’s also no problems with him staying either. His odds aren’t favourable to back so you’re looking for an each-way punt. Ottoman Emperor got a great ride at Goodwood from Ben Martin Coen. A lot of horses that were behind him that day are in this race, especially SIR LUCAN, who was unlucky that day. I was surprised they stuck to the same tactics with Sir Lucan behind Yibir. He stayed on and he should finish in front of High Definition and I can’t figure out why there the other way round in the betting. I’m not a High Definition fan and Sir Lucan each way seems a good bet to me.”

Jason Weaver: “Rated at 120, HURRICANE LANE is already a proven top-class performer coming into the final classic of the season. It’s not rocket science to see him taking this pretty comfortably judged on what we have seen so far. The value for me from an each-way point of view has to be Sir Lucan with James Doyle taking over in the saddle.”

Matt Chapman: “I fully expect the Irish Derby winner HURRICANE LANE to hack up for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, whose father-in-law Roderick Duncan is clerk of the course at Doncaster.”

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