This took place on Wednesday 3rd March 1869 on normal going and the weather was clear. The winner was owned by John Weyman, trained by R Roberts and ridden by George Stevens, winning by 3 lengths in 10 minutes 59 seconds, with a length back to the third.


There were 109 subscribers each paying 25 sovereigns, of which 32 declared and 22 accepted. After 300 sovereigns was added to the stake, and the second received 50 sovereigns, the nett value of the pot was £1760. (Equivalent to £146,500 in 2017)

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 THE COLONEL George Stevens Mr John Weyman
2 HALL COURT Captain Tempest Captain Brown
3 GARDENER Ryan Captain Machell
4 ALCIBIADE Colonel Knox Mr B J Angell
also Q.C. Griffiths Mr Lynton
also DESPATCH Mr Edwards Mr Studd
also GLOBULE G Holman Mr T V Morgan
also THE ROBBER Mr P Merton Mr Doncaster
also HARCOURT Captain Harford Mr Eaton
also PEARL DIVER W Reeves Mr E Brayley
also THE NUN Mr Thomas Mr E Green
also FORTUNATUS J Page Mr E Brayley
also ORME W White Mr T Wadlow
also HAVELOCK Wheeler Mr J Wood
also BARBARIAN G Waddington Mr S J Welfitt
also HUNTSMAN'S DAUGHTER J Holman Mr T V Morgan
also FAN Thorpe Mr J Barber
also KNAVE OF TRUMPS Mr Martin Mr T Golby
also BISHOPSTON Potter Mr F G Hobson
also GUY OF WARWICK Mr Crawshaw Mr Dixon
also PLUM CAKE Mr Spofford Mr Yates
also DICK TURPIN J Knott Mr Foulkes

Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Saturday 6th March 1869, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.

After a lengthy parade which bored the majority of the crowd, the start was delayed twice by Hall Court, Fan and Gardener, the field eventually getting away at 3.38pm, fully 23 minutes after the advertised off of 3.15pm. The early pace setters were Hall Court, Globule, Fortunatus, Fan and Huntsman’s Daughter, but even before the first fence Despatch had forced his way to the front. An immense crowd gathered at the rails ditch hoping for action, but they could not have believed the spectacle they experienced when Fan slipped on landing and brought down Orme, Havelock and Bishopton. At the next, Guy of Warwick declined, as did Knave of Trumps, meaning the field was almost halved in number by the time Globule led over Beecher’s Brook, closely followed by QC, The Nun and Hall Court. At the bend before the canal side Globule continued to boss the field, although shortly afterwards Gardener took over at the front as the fallow field was covered. When the Stands water jump was reached it was the trio comprised of Globule, The Nun and Alcibiade who were at the head of affairs, a lead which they maintained over the next ploughed fields and enclosures. As the field raced around the final bend and entered the race ground Gardener and Alcibiade were on level terms, with QC, Hall Court, The Colonel, Huntsman’s Daughter and Despatch clustered behind. At the final hurdle The Colonel and Hall Court both met it wrong and hit the timber, knocking them out of their stride, but The Colonel was still full of running and eased clear to win by 3 lengths from Hall Court, a length in front of Gardener, Alcibiade, QC and Despatch.
100/30 Fortunatus
5/1 Despatch
11/2 Fan
13/1 The Colonel
14/1 Pearl Diver
20/1 Alcibiade
20/1 Knave of Trumps
20/1 QC
25/1 The Nun
25/1 Globule
33/1 Havelock
40/1 Harcourt
40/1 Huntsman's Daughter
40/1 Dick Turpin
50/1 Orme
66/1 Hall Court
66/1 Gardener
100/1 Plum Cake
100/1 The Robber
200/1 Guy of Warwick
200/1 Bishopton
200/1 Barbarian
  Over Round 113% Note that unquoted horses have been allocated 200/1.

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