St Simon Stakes Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 26

Rascal looks St Simon pick if on his best behaviour

Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting at Bet365

While the time and year and weather have been mooted as reasons, there really is no excuse for two of this Saturday’s big races on the Flat – the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster and the Teddington RBL Poppy Appeal Stakes – to feature only six runners.

Aidan O’Brien has five of the runners in the Futurity and that is reason enough to leave the race well enough alone as a betting medium. Instead, we’ll feature this weekend the contest that is usually known as the St Simon Stakes at Newbury.

Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer Jockey SP Time
2018 Good to Soft 10 Young Rascal/Morando DH
2017 Soft 11 Best Solution 10 3 8 12 818025 55 days S bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6/ 1 2:40.68
2016 Good to Soft 16 Duretto 6 4 9 4 250225 21 days A Balding Graham Lee 20/ 1 2:38.19
2015 Soft 9 Koora 2 3 8 8 3126 44 days L Cumani Jamie Spencer 5/ 2 2:48.48
2014 Soft 8 Sky Hunter 6 4 9 4 131-46D 35 days S bin Suroor James Doyle 7/ 2 2:44.52
2013 Heavy 8 Cubanita 3 4 9 0 921-532 42 days R Beckett Jim Crowley 9/ 2 2:43.62
2012 Heavy 10 Hazel Lavery 2 3 8 7 2-28192 44 days C Hills Eddie Ahern 17/ 2 2:44.23
2011 Good to Firm 7 Beaten Up 9 3 8 10 11 43 days W Haggas Johnny Murtagh 7/ 2 2:31.75
2010 Good to Soft 8 Clowance 2 5 9 0 11424-0 189 days R Charlton Richard Hughes 7/ 2 2:40.45
2009 Soft 11 High Heeled 13 3 8 7 433154 7 days B W Hills Michael Hills 4/ 1 2:40.91

St Simon Stakes History and Trends

Named after a famous racehorse from the 19th century rather than the Apostle, the St Simon Stakes is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Run over 1m4f at Newbury, it achieved Group 2 status at one stage but has been a Group 3 since the 1980s. It is being run this year to benefit for the British Royal Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The race is open to three-year-olds and older horses.

  • Ten of the last 12 winners were aged three or four
  • Ten of the last winners were rated 102 or higher
  • Most recent winners had run at least three times that season
  • Ten of the last 12 winners had run in the previous 44 days

With only six runners, value options are limited but we should probably look closely at last year’s result.

Has the cut calmed Young Rascal?

Morando and YOUNG RASCAL dead-heated 12 months ago when the going was just as testing. The former has much the better form this season, winning in similar company at Chester and Ascot, and the pair meet on the same terms. But you have to question why William Haggas is persisting with the latter this late in the year. He has been gelded since a disappointing spring campaign so it might be worth risking that the cruellest cut of all has had the desired effect as he has been popular at the general 11/4 compared the general 5/2 being offered against Morando.
Royal Line is next best at 7/2 with Bet365 among others and warrants serious consideration after a fine run behind Kew Gardens and Stradivarius in last week’s Long Distance Cup at Ascot. He’s been kept back for an autumn campaign and the soft ground will suit. However, conditions may not be ideal for King’s Advice, Spirit Of Appin and Manuela De Vega.

St Simon Stakes Current Best Odds

Morando 5/2, Young Rascal 11/4, Royal Line 7/2, King’s Advice and Manuela De Vega 8/1, Spirit Of Appin 25/1

(Odds correct at 7.30pm October 24)