Mallard Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (St Leger Festival)

Updated: 597 Horse Racing

See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Mallard Handicap. This is a race that is hosted at Doncaster during the St Leger Festival with the race being run over a distance of 1m6½f, see which trends the past winners of the Mallard Handicap have set for this year.

Mallard 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 Mallard Handicap Preview

Scheduled to take place in September of each year at the Doncaster racecourse is the Mallard Handicap which is run during the St Leger Festival. The class two handicap is aimed at the stayers on the flat with it being over a trip of one mile, six and a half furlongs that is open to runners aged three or older.

Mallard 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 Mallard Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2006 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2008 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Mallard Handicap, the over-round has been 116%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £116 which is bet.

Mallard Handicap Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Mallard Handicap next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -9.67. Ahead of the 2024 Mallard Handicap why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 2:58.52 was set by Sunday Symphony in 2006, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Frankie Dettori. The slowest winning time was set in 2023 when Legendary Day won in a time of 3:18.28, booked to ride was Mark Winn on this Adrian Paul Keatley trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Mallard Handicap over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2006 - Sunday Symphony (2:58.52)
  • 2009 - Nanton (3:02.64)
  • 2015 - Curbyourenthusiasm (3:03.34)

Mallard Handicap Past Winners

Here are the Mallard 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 Mallard Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
3:18.28
Legendary Day (GB)
5yo 9-0 (3 of 7) 12/1
Mark Winn (3lbs)
Adrian Paul Keatley (GB)
2022
3:10.32
Going Gone (IRE)
4yo 9-13 (11 of 10) 13/2
Pat Cosgrave
Jim Boyle (GB)
2021
3:10.09
Rhythmic Intent (IRE)
5yo 9-12 (5 of 10) 6/1
Hollie Doyle
Stuart Williams (GB)
2020
3:09.06
Apparate (GB)
4yo 9-4 (3 of 8) 5/1
David Egan
Roger Varian (GB)
2019
3:03.93
Sleeping Lion (USA)
4yo 9-3 (5 of 6) 4/1
Jamie Spencer
James Fanshawe (GB)
2018
3:05.92
Just In Time (GB)
4yo 9-1 (7 of 14) 12/1
Martin Harley
Alan King (GB)
2017
3:10.18
Time To Study (FR)
3yo 8-8 (7 of 7) 11/8F
P J McDonald
Mark Johnston (GB)
2016
3:08.92
Wall Of Fire (IRE)
3yo 8-6 (10 of 11) 5/2F
Josephine Gordon (3lbs)
Hugo Palmer (GB)
2015
3:03.34
Curbyourenthusiasm (IRE)
4yo 9-3 (4 of 10) 7/1
Jamie Spencer
David Simcock (GB)
2014
3:09.00
Stomachion (IRE)
4yo 9-1 (4 of 13) 15/2
Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Mallard Handicap have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 37 placings from 209 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Mallard Handicap Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Mallard Handicap over the last 20 renewals with both James Fanshawe and Stuart Williams who have both won the race two times. James Fanshawe winners have been with Old Hundred (2011) and Sleeping Lion (2019). Stuart Williams winners have been with Sendintank (2005) and Rhythmic Intent (2021).

Here are some of the top Mallard Handicap trainer statistics over the last 20 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
James Fanshawe 7-2-3 +15.00 +10.88
Stuart Williams 3-2-2 +8.33 +4.68
Jim Goldie 9-1-5 +4.00 +12.46
Sir Michael Stoute 9-1-2 -0.50 +3.32
Alan King 6-1-4 +7.00 +8.22
John Gosden 6-1-2 +2.00 +4.08
Saeed bin Suroor 5-1-3 +0.00 +3.28
Michael Bell 3-1-1 +8.00 +6.25
David Simcock 3-1-2 +5.00 +4.64
Roger Varian 3-1-2 +3.00 +3.00

Mallard Handicap Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Mallard Handicap over the last 20 renewals is Jamie Spencer who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Sendintank (2005), Precision Break (2010), Curbyourenthusiasm (2015) and Sleeping Lion (2019).

Here are some of the top Mallard Handicap jockey statistics over the last 20 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
Jamie Spencer 8-4-6 +30.33 +20.77
William Buick 12-1-2 -8.50 -1.67
Ryan Moore 10-1-4 -1.50 +3.62
Daniel Tudhope 8-1-3 +5.00 +7.15
Frankie Dettori 6-1-3 -1.00 +2.97
Hollie Doyle 3-1-3 +4.00 +4.27
Martin Harley 2-1-2 +11.00 +9.00
Nicky Mackay 2-1-1 +1.50 +1.56
Mark Winn 1-1-1 +12.00 +7.50
Hayley Turner 1-1-1 +10.00 +6.25

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 1, 1, 7, 1, (2, 8), 3, (6, 8), 11, 1, (2, 3), 6, 7, 1, 1, 12, 5, 2, 3, 3, 7

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.

  • 20 / 20 (80%) - Fewer than 4 starts (Higher Class)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - No bigger than 20/1
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Carried 121 - 138lbs (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Achieved a TS of 69+ (Last 3)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Had 2 - 15 placings (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Fewer than 2 placings (Higher Class)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Placed within last 4 starts
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Not in FRA/DEU/IRL/POL/SCO/WAL (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - In a field of 4 - 15 (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Highest Won is not G2-3/LST
  • 19 / 20 (80%) - No more than +2yrs (Vs Min Age)
  • 19 / 20 (81%) - Made 1 - 7 starts (Season)
  • 19 / 20 (89%) - Fewer than 5 placings (Season)
  • 18 / 20 (70%) - Within the first 7 of the market
  • 18 / 20 (87%) - Achieved an RPR of 94+ (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 Mallard Handicap. Maybe you are looking to back something in this race on the tote, but you are not sure of the process or how the tote works, No problem! We have an article which is dedicated to The Tote for you to read which explains everything you need to know! Be sure to check out the other articles in the OLBG Betting School.

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Mallard Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +27.71 is when runners had 1 place in the past 90 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners last win was 2 starts ago, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-32.

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

  • 2023: Winner in 3 (1) [7 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 11 (13,5) [10 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 5 (10,4) [10 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 3 (6,5) [8 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 5 (3) [6 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Mallard Handicap is York, there has been a total number of 10 winners of this race who ran at York last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 200 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 10 runners.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Mallard Handicap despite multiple attempts:

  • Montjeu (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Galileo (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Cape Cross (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Hernando (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Precision Break in 2010, winning for Paul Cole at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Jamie Spencer. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 6 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Mallard Handicap remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

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