With the SIS St. Leger (the Doncaster version) less than two weeks away (it starts on Monday September 24), the big guns start arriving in numbers tonight for introductions or reminders of the tough Stainforth circuit.

Matt Dartnall’s Stayers Classic winner Ela Juliet, and Raceway Fly, and Carol Weatherall’s Calico Ranger – unbeaten in his only two staying races – are all expected. Phil Simmonds Ridgedale Max and already been around with Coney Karat and Millhouse Tommy also slated for sighters.

The racing office’s Nathan Shephard said: “We understand that Charlie (Lister) is bringing back last year’s winner Keplar Nine and Mark Wallis is also expected to enter a few though we still don’t know which ones. There is certainly plenty of interest.”

The 36 runner 661m event is worth £12,000 to the winner, £1,500 for the runner-up and £500 for the third. It closes for entries next Friday (Sep 21), and concludes on Monday October 8.

2017 KEPLAR NINE Lister 41.36 (N)
2016 RUBYS RASCAL Wallis 41.10 (+15)
2015 SWIFT CURIE Warren 41.23 (N)
2014 MILLWARDS TEDDY Young 41.34 (N)
2013 FEAR EMOSKI Lister 41.35 (N)
2012 PEGGYS STYLE Allsopp 42.21 (-30)
2011 LONELY BOY Lister 41.08 (N)
2010 CARNBARNS TOM Lister 41.87 (N)
2009 CAPEL SMILEY Gifkins 41.34 (N)
2008 BUBBLY TOTTI Soppitt 41.91 (-30)
2007 LARKHILL BIRD Walsh 41.37 (+20)
2006 LARKHILL BIRD Walsh 41.06 (-20)
2005 Not staged    
2004 FARLOE DIVIDE Lister 41.35 (N)