City of Doncaster Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (St Leger Festival)

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the City of Doncaster Handicap will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the City of Doncaster Handicap, a race run over 7f at Doncaster during the St Leger Festival.

City of Doncaster Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (St Leger Festival)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 City of Doncaster Handicap Preview

Introduced in 2007 and run at the St Leger Festival at Doncaster in September of each year is this class two handicap that is run over a distance of seven furlongs and is open to runners aged three years old.

City of Doncaster Handicap Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Doncaster tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal races during the Doncaster St Leger Festival section for links to these.

How competitive is the City of Doncaster Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 13 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2019 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2013 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 124%, whilst on average over the last 13 renewals of the City of Doncaster Handicap, the over-round has been 115%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £115 which is bet.

City of Doncaster Handicap Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 13 if you had followed the winner of the City of Doncaster Handicap next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 12 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +1.83. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks on a daily basis.

When looking over the past 13 renewals, a time of 1:23.98 was set by Haqeeqy in 2020, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by John Gosden and ridden by Jim Crowley. The slowest winning time was set in 2013 when Breton Rock won in a time of 1:27.46, booked to ride was Martin Lane on this David Simcock trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run City of Doncaster Handicap over the last 13 renewals:

  • 2020 - Haqeeqy (1:23.98)
  • 2021 - Modern News (1:24.00)
  • 2015 - Sulaalaat (1:24.12)

City of Doncaster Handicap Past Winners

Here are the City of Doncaster Handicap past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the City of Doncaster Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
1:24.17
Poet Master (IRE)
3yo 9-3 (6 of 8) 9/2
Sam James
K R Burke (GB)
2022
1:24.93
New Kingdom (GB)
3yo 9-9 (6 of 10) 14/1
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2021
1:24.00
Modern News (GB)
3yo 9-5 (4 of 7) 6/4F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2020
1:23.98
Haqeeqy (IRE)
3yo 8-13 (5 of 13) 12/1
Jim Crowley
John Gosden (GB)
2019
1:26.79
Mutamaasik (GB)
3yo 9-7 (1 of 4) 5/6F
Jim Crowley
Roger Varian (GB)
2018
1:25.63
Best Alliance (IRE)
3yo 8-3 (3 of 8) 20/1
Paul Hanagan
Richard Fahey (GB)
2017
1:26.66
Lahore (USA)
3yo 8-9 (6 of 8) 7/2F
Silvestre De Sousa
Roger Varian (GB)
2016
1:26.62
Stamp Hill (IRE)
3yo 9-3 (7 of 6) 5/1
Tony Hamilton
Richard Fahey (GB)
2015
1:24.12
Sulaalaat (GB)
3yo 9-5 (3 of 8) 14/1
Paul Hanagan
Brian Meehan (GB)
2014
1:24.56
Lincoln (IRE)
3yo 8-11 (2 of 11) 13/2
Graham Lee
Mick Channon (GB)

City of Doncaster Handicap Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the City of Doncaster Handicap over the last 13 renewals with Richard Fahey, Roger Varian and Charlie Appleby having all won the race two times. Richard Fahey's winners have been with Stamp Hill (2016) and Best Alliance (2018). Roger Varian winners have been with Lahore (2017) and Mutamaasik (2019). Charlie Appleby winners have been with Modern News (2021) and New Kingdom (2022).

Here are some of the top City of Doncaster Handicap trainer statistics over the last 13 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Richard Fahey 9-2-3 +18.00 +16.76
Roger Varian 6-2-2 +0.33 -1.90
Charlie Appleby 5-2-3 +12.50 +8.64
Kevin Ryan 6-1-2 +3.00 +3.06
John Gosden 3-1-2 +10.00 +7.88
Michael Bell 3-1-1 +5.50 +3.69
Brian Meehan 2-1-1 +13.00 +8.40
David Simcock 2-1-2 +11.00 +7.30
K R Burke 2-1-2 +3.50 +5.50
Charles Hills 7-0-2 -7.00 +1.76

City of Doncaster Handicap Jockey Statistics

There are multiple leading jockeys in the City of Doncaster Handicap over the last 13 renewals with Paul Hanagan, William Buick and Jim Crowley having all won the race two times. Paul Hanagan winners have been with Sulaalaat (2015) and Best Alliance (2018). William Buick winners have been with Modern News (2021) and New Kingdom (2022). Jim Crowley winners have been with Mutamaasik (2019) and Haqeeqy (2020).

Here are some of the top City of Doncaster Handicap jockey statistics over the last 13 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Paul Hanagan 7-2-2 +29.00 +19.40
William Buick 7-2-4 +10.50 +8.58
Jim Crowley 6-2-3 +8.83 +9.30
Silvestre De Sousa 5-1-2 -0.50 +2.48
Jamie Spencer 4-1-2 +4.50 +4.49
Graham Lee 4-1-1 +3.50 +1.90
Sam James 2-1-2 +3.50 +4.70
Tony Hamilton 1-1-1 +5.00 +3.13
Andrea Atzeni 6-0-3 -6.00 +0.87
Frankie Dettori 5-0-2 -5.00 -1.17

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): (6, 7), 6, 4, (8, 10), (3, 7), 3, 1, 5, 1, 9, 1, 5, 4

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 13 / 13 (66%) - No bigger than 12/1 (Career Place)
  • 13 / 13 (78%) - Within the first 8 of the market
  • 13 / 13 (81%) - No bigger than 20/1
  • 13 / 13 (81%) - Not on SFT/FM/STD (Debut)
  • 13 / 13 (82%) - Fewer than 3 starts (Higher Class)
  • 13 / 13 (82%) - Off a break of 17 - 109 days
  • 13 / 13 (85%) - Held an OR of 83+ (Hcps)
  • 13 / 13 (86%) - Carried 120 - 137lbs (LTO)
  • 13 / 13 (86%) - Not on FM/STD-SLW/STD (Last Win)
  • 13 / 13 (87%) - In a field of 5 - 14 (Last Win)
  • 13 / 13 (89%) - Fewer than 2 starts (Course)
  • 13 / 13 (89%) - Highest Placed is not G2-3/LST
  • 13 / 13 (89%) - Achieved an RPR of 90+ (Last 5)
  • 12 / 13 (86%) - In a field of 6 - 14 (Debut)
  • 12 / 13 (86%) - Achieved a TS of 65+ (Last 3)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Doncaster racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the City of Doncaster Handicap. If you are a newcomer to horse racing betting, then the number of types of bets can be scary! Don't let that put you off though, head over to this Types Of Horse Racing Bet article and have a read, you will then have a better knowledge of betting on racing in the future and there are plenty of other articles in the OLBG Betting School too.

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City of Doncaster Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 7+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +46.50 is when runners had 0 starts in the past 30 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had a furthest trip placed of 1m, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-31.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 6 (9,8) [8 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 6 (3,2) [10 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 4 (3) [7 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 5 (9,7) [13 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 1 [4 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the City of Doncaster Handicap is Newmarket (July), there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Newmarket (July) last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Goodwood, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Goodwood last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 12 winners from a total of 115 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 10 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the City of Doncaster Handicap:

  • Dubawi (2 Wins)
  • Lope De Vega (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 13 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Best Alliance in 2018, winning for Richard Fahey at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Paul Hanagan. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 13 renewals there has been a total of 3 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 City of Doncaster Handicap remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

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