The coveted St Leger stakes trophy has had, as tradition dictates, its central element re-designed for this weeks 2017 William Hill St Leger Festival by Sheffield Silversmith Chris Knight.
Since 2007, when the new trophy was designed after the construction and redevelopment of Doncaster Racecoourse, a silversmith or sculptor receives the commission each year to create a new central element to the trophy – the part of the trophy which the lucky winner gets to keep – which, this year, renowned silversmith and original designer Chris Knight brings to life with his creative talent.
“Our Perpetual Trophy has over the years become something of a talking point and we are delighted with this year’s Yorkshire inspired element designed by Alison Counsell and manufactured by Chris Knight, both from Sheffield,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse. “And, so that everyone involved in the 2017 William Hill St Leger Trophy win can have a small memento, a graphic image of the design has been engraved on the awards for the winning trainer, jockey and groom.”
Alison has taken inspiration from the original trophy in 2007 which encompassed elements of Yorkshire including the iconic Yorkshire rose. This has been represented for the 2017 trophy by the use of silver with the petals of the rose rippling around the dish like ribbons.
“Racegoers on the Saturday, William Hill St Leger Day, will be able to see this iconic trophy presented after the world’s oldest classic has been run,” said Abby. “It’s always a special moment in our racing calendar at Doncaster and this fantastic trophy by Alison and Chris will only serve to reinforce its heritage and history in the horse racing industry.”
The William Hill St Leger Stakes, part of the British Champions Series, will take place at 3.35pm
Selected tickets are still available and can be obtained by visiting http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger/