1776 saw the Declaration of Independence
, the founding of the Order of the Illuminati
, and the publication of The Wealth Of Nations
. It also saw the first running of the St Leger. As well as being the last classic of the season, the St Leger is the longest at one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, which although not a marathon is far from a sprint. The St Leger is held at Doncaster, and since 2005 has been sponsored by the high street bookmakers Ladbrokes, who also run Europe's biggest poker site
There are 11 confirmed runners, two more than last year, which was won by 25-1 outsider Encke. Three times Champion Jockey Frankie Dettori has won the St Leger no fewer than five times, but although he has been riding at the Doncaster meeting, he has not been booked for the big one this year.
What then is the best tip for this year? Watch the race, but don't gamble! Horse racing may be the sport of kings, but gambling is strictly for mugs.