The St Leger is the final British Classic of 2022 and the leading contenders for the one-mile-six-furlong contest at Doncaster have become clearer during Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.

One of the colts who has put down strong claims for the three-year-old race is New London. He went into the season as a horse who was expected to feature at Epsom in the Derby, however, a setback earlier in the campaign ruled him out of that race.

After wins at Newmarket and Glorious Goodwood, New London has shown his class. He is now the 3/1 favourite if you were to bet on horse racing in the St Leger. The son of Dubawi will represent Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, who won the race 12 months ago with Hurricane Lane.

As the horse racing results show, New London has won four of his five starts in his career. His only defeat came at Chester’s May Meeting where he finished second to Changingoftheguard. He hung left in that race as he did not seem to enjoy the course.

Westover Looking to Add to Irish Derby Success

The St Leger has been on the cards for Westover ever since he finished third in Derby at Epsom. Ralph Beckett’s runner did not get a clear run in that one-mile-four-furlong contest, but he came home powerfully to finish third behind Desert Crown and Hoo Ya Mal respectively.

Connections of the son of Frankel did not have to wait long for their horse to win a Classic. He prevailed just three weeks later at the Curragh in the Irish Derby, blowing the field away by seven lengths.

The three-year-old did not quite run up to the same level of form in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He was stepping up against older horses for the first time in his career in the race which was won by Pyledriver. The St Leger will see him return to his same age group.

Francesco Clemente Remains Unbeaten

John Gosden has won the St Leger five times and his leading hope this year looks to be with Francesco Clemente. The Dubawi colt is unbeaten in three appearances, and he has impressed with every start so far. The three-year-old made his debut back in April at Newmarket. He beat Secret State in a one mile contest at HQ. That form has taken a big boost since as the runner-up has gone on to prevail four times, including at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.

On his second start, Francesco Clemente successfully stepped up in distance to one mile two furlongs at Sandown. He kept on strongly in the closing stages of that contest to score by just under two lengths. Gosden’s talented colt once again showed why he is being talked about as a St Leger horse when he won by nine lengths at Newmarket in July. His next assignment could come in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, one of the leading trials for the Classic at Doncaster.

The 2022 St Leger takes place on September 10th and it features on the final day of the Yorkshire course’s leading three-day festival.