Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Sunday 7th March 1852, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.
It was some time after the appointed hour of 4 o’clock that Lord Sefton got the horses to post, but the instant his lordship gave the word the field got underway and proceeded in a cluster, and at a good pace, down the fallow ground towards the ditch leading into the wheat. Maley was the first to make the running by a length and a half from Chieftain, Bedford, the favourite La Gazza Ladra and last year’s winner Abd-el-Kader. Maria Day blundered at the ditch bordering the starting enclosure and was pulled up at once. The remainder of the field cleared the second fence, a low stump hedge and drain, but on approaching the post and rails beyond there it was Abd-el-Kader who moved up to challenge Maley for the lead. In the long stretch of ground leading up to Beecher’s Brook Abd-el-Kader took a clear lead, followed by Chieftain, Maley and Bourton. A chapter of accidents commenced at the natural brook which next presented itself, with Bourton and La Gazza Ladra had a fearful collision, causing Victress to be floored. Disasters came thick and fast in this part of the race, for Cogis fell heavily at the brook, while at the bank fence which followed Maley, Peter Simple and Bedford suffered ugly purlers and Agis refused. Meanwhile Abd-el-Kader showed all his experience by taking the fences beautifully to lead canal side from Chieftain. Moving on to the meadows at pace Chieftain managed to get on terms with the leader, running on strongly to forge 5 lengths clear of Everton and Abd-el-Kader. Near the canal bridge Everton made a mistake, but the remainder of the field moved closer together as they crossed the middle of the course and on to the artificial fencing on the training ground parallel with the long length. While Chieftain maintained a strong gallop, it was noticeable that Warner and M’lon were in trouble, the former coming to his knees at the bank.
It’s now over the John Hanmer in the Stands for the rest of the commentary which is shown below.
Chieftain was still a long way ahead of La Gazza Ladra, Carrig and Maurice Daley until they reached the series of bank fences, when Chieftain began to show unmistakeable symptoms of the use that had been made of him thus far. As the field regained the course proper after the canal bridge Chieftain still held a 4 length lead from La Gazza Ladra, who in turn was a length and a half in front of Carrig and Miss Mowbray. While La Gazza Ladra and Carrig’s efforts quickly petered out, Miss Mowbray was beginning to catch Chieftain, going on to score by a length from Maurice Daley, who was half a length in front of Sir Peter Laurie and the game Chieftain. The next five home were La Gazza Ladra, Warner, Sir John, Lamienne and Carrig.