The St Leger: A history of the world’s first Classic horserace
by Tony Barber

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No flat race in the world can boast a history so long and so important as the St Leger. Run for the first time in 1776 it stands as the world's oldest Classic and as such it shaped everything that followed in the sport. When the mysterious Colonel Anthony St Leger suggested a 'dash' of two miles to be run at Doncaster, he triggered a process of change in which the old gave way dramatically to the new.

The St Leger examines the mysteries which surround the birth of the unique race. It explains how it took on iconic status as the final leg of the Triple Crown – a prize without equal in the sporting world – and how it became the showpiece of the September meeting on Town Moor drawing plaudits from writers at home and abroad. /inline> After nearly 250 years the legend persists and it is still revered in racing terms:

"The St Leger is unquestionably the best test of stamina in the world for the Classic generation" – The Earl of Halifax.


"The St Leger is both the old gold standard and the standard bearer for the Thoroughbred" – John Gosden.

"The St Leger is a very important race – a three-year-old Classic on a very good track. You can learn a lot about a horse in the race. It can set up a horse for life" – Aidan O'Brien.

Limited edition of 800 copies, all signed by the author. The book is 524 pages long, luxuriously bound with gilt edges and ribbon markers. A fabulous collector's item.