Offering a record prize fund of £650,000 this year (up from £600,000 in 2013), the Group One contest takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on Saturday, September 13. Entries for the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger will be revealed on Wednesday, July 23.
Trainer Andrew Balding has had three runners in the Ladbrokes St Leger, faring best with Phoenix Reach who finished third in 2003.
This year the Berkshire handler could be represented in the final Classic of the year by the Fitri Hay-owned Scotland. The German-bred son of Monsun has run five times, putting up his best performance last time out when a staying-on third behind Eagle Top in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot on June 20, when he looked as if he would be suited by a step up in trip. Scotland is a 25/1 chance with Ladbrokes.
Balding reported today: "Scotland will certainly be given an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger next week.
"All has been well with him since his run at Royal Ascot.
"We are now looking at running him in a trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger and, all being well, his next outing is likely to be in the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood (Wednesday, July 30)."
The Gordon Stakes is backed by Neptune Investment Management and forms part of the company's "Road to the St Leger" sponsorship.
Kingston Hill and Romsdal, who finished second and third respectively in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs in June, are the current 5/1 joint-favourites with Ladbrokes for the Ladbrokes St Leger. Kingston Hill is already a Group One winner at Doncaster, having taken the 2013 Racing Post Trophy on Town Moor.
Ladbrokes St Leger, latest betting from Ladbrokes: 5/1 Romsdal, Kingston Hill; 8/1 Eagle Top, Hartnell, Elite Army; 14/1 Century; 16/1 Arod, Western Hymn, Adelaide, Snow Sky, True Story, Windshear; 20/1 Orchestra, Kingfisher, Granddukeoftuscany; 25/1 Scotland, Streetcar To Stars
The two other early entry races at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Group Two Champagne Stakes and the Group Two OLBG Park Stakes also close on Tuesday, July 22. Entries for these two races will be revealed on Thursday, July 24.
About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival
The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster's social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 10 through to Saturday, September 13 inclusive.
The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event - the Ladbrokes St Leger - takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world's oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.
The Festival also features a number of high-class supporting races, highlights being the John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes and Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Charity Race on John Smith's Opening Day (Wednesday), the Park Hill Stakes on Ladies' Day (Thursday), the Doncaster Cup on Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day (Friday), plus the Champagne Stakes and OLBG Park Stakes on Saturday.
For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk. The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger.