Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Sunday 11th March 1855, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.
When the signal was given, right on time, the field, with the exception of Burnt Sienna and 2 others, went away as a body. After crossing the first and entering the next field, Garland and Trout showed in advance, immediately followed by Wanderer, Freetrader and Boundaway. Bastion ploughed a lone furrow across the wheat field, remaining separated from the rest until reaching Beecher’s Brook first time around. After rounding the flag beyond Beecher’s, Bastion and Wanderer went to the front and led over Valentine’s Brook, Trout occupying third place. The bush fence at the distance was cleared simultaneously by Garland and Bastion, but approaching the artificial water jump opposite the Stand, Trout emerged from the ruck to make a threesome with Bastion and Garland. Bastion drew slightly in advance entering the starting field, maintaining a good lead over the next 2 fences, but as they approached Beecher’s for the second time round he was, once again, joined by Freetrader and Wanderer. Sadly Miss Mowbray fell with such force at the Brook that she broke her neck, causing instantaneous death. Two fences later Trout knocked down the posts, which fell just in front of Escape and threw him down. After reaching the racecourse proper Freetrader rushed past Wanderer and stole a couple of lengths lead on the field, while Maurice Daley moved up on the inside, the two moving strongly together. However, having taken a ‘feeler’ at the lower turn, Hanlon bided his time on Wanderer, laying 2 lengths behind the leaders. By the time the leaders reached the hurdle at the distance all three were in the air together, but Wanderer emerged the stronger, striding on to win by 2 lengths from Maurice Daley, with 4 lengths back to Freetrader. Janus finished fourth at a wide interval, followed by Dangerous, The Nugget and Garland.