The 65th running of the Irish St Leger was held on Saturday 13th October 1979 over 1 mile 6 furlongs of The Curragh. The winner was owned by Lady Beaverbrook, trained by Major Dick Hern and ridden by Willie Carson. The winner won £22,909, winning by 10 lengths in 3 minutes 11.7 seconds, with 3 lengths back to the third.

IRISH ST LEGER 1979

NINISKI (Bay horse by Nijinsky out of Virginia Hills) SR 1914

The winning owner won £22,909 (The equivalent of £113,900 in 2018 terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Age/Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 NINISKI 3 9st 0lbs Willie Carson Lady Beaverbrook Major Dick Hern
2 TORUS 3 9st 0lbs John Reid Dr J Hobby F Johnson Houghton
3 HYPERMETRIC 3 9st 0lbs      
4 BOHEMIAN GROVE 3 9st 0lbs Tony Murray Mr William McDonald Adrian Maxwell
5 ASTONISHMENT 3 9st 0lbs     Noel Murless
6 STEP INSPECTOR 3 9st 0lbs      
7 PARVA 3 9st 0lbs      
Given that there were 10 runners, significant details are missing. If you can provide any details then email johnwslusar@gmail.com
  Betting Niniski raced 14 times, winning 6 races and being placed second in 3, including wins in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes, the John Porter Stakes and the Ormonde Stakes. Niniski was 3rd in the Doncaster St Leger beaten a short head and 2 1/2 lengths by Son of Love (SR 1952). Bohemian Grave was 3rd in the Irish Derby beaten 6 1/2 lengths by Troy (SR 2122).
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