Great St Wilfrid Stakes Betting

Known as the feature race of the season at the wonderfully picturesque Ripon racecourse, the Great St Wilfred Stakes has been entertaining punters with great racing since 1986. Big-hitting bookmaker William Hill have sponsored the race since 1994 and continue to do to this day.

To many people, the Great St Wilfried has the best looking trophy in racing as the winning connections are awarded a silver trophy depicting St. Wilfred mounted on horseback, it really is quite a beautiful sculpture.

The race itself is a sprint handicap for horses aged three-years-old and over, and also has an uncanny way of producing winners that come back and win a year later, such is the nature of the specialist track at Ripon. The 2012 winner Pepper Lane perfectly examples the course specialist nature of the track, by running away with that renewal and the 2011 race.

What makes the achievement even more impressive is that he won the 2012 renewal off 4lbs higher in the handicap and arguably being in worse form than the previous seasons' victory. The horse is a credit to his trainer David O'Meara, who is currently one of the most promising young trainers on the scene.

It will be fascinating in 2013 to see if Pepper Lane comes back again and tries to complete a hat-trick of wins in the race, but every trend in the book is against him.

If punting on the race, there are few key trends to keep in mind when trying to work out the race. Looking back recently 14 of the last 16 winners have been between 4-6yo's, whilst backing the favourite in the race has been the quick way to the poor house. Only two favourites have won in the last 16 years, with nine of the last 12 winners going off bigger than 10/1.

With William Hill sponsoring the race there's sure to be plenty of free cash flying around in the form of free bets, so don't forget to run through the latest horse racing free bets from, there's plenty to go around!