DONCASTER ST LEGER 1817

The 42nd winner of the St Leger, held on Monday 22nd September 1817 over the St Leger Course of Town Moor, was Ebor, a bay colt by Orville out of Constantia, owned by Mr Henry Peirse. A field of 18 runners contested the race, although there were 52 subscriptions of 25 guineas each, which was worth 1300 Guineas. (Equivalent to £122,300 in 2017)

EBOR SR 1941

Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
EBOR Robert Johnson John Lonsdale Mr Henry Peirse 100/4
BLACKLOCK John Jackson   Mr Watt Evens fav
RESTLESS Ben Smith   Duke of Hamilton 50/1
CARTOON Mr Wilson 100/7
ABBOT JOHN Mr Michaelson 13/1
BOROUGHMAN Mr Lambton 10/1
PARLINGTON Mr Wilson 14/1
DARDANUS Mr Jaques 10/1
CALEDONIAN Lord Queensberry 50/1
BILLY SWIPES Mr Houldsworth 50/1
WIRRAL Mr T Stanley 6/1
UNNAMED BAY COLT BY GOLUMPUS Lord Scarbrough 50/1
CAMELEON Mr Fletcher 11/1
SIR PETER Mr Milner 50/1
SOBER ROBIN Mr Catterson 50/1
DUPLICATE Mr Tomes 50/1
WATERLOO Mr Clifton 50/1
TAGUS Lord Grosvenor 50/1
This race was marred by controversy involving Sykes, Mr watt's stud groom, jockey John Jackson and his well fancied mount Blacklock, and Robert Johnson. Sykes instructed John Jackson to 'ride him as thou lik'st, only lay thee hands down and let him stride along and he'll distance the lot. Look out for me at the distance pole and I'll tell thee what to do'. In the race Blacklock led to the distance pole and was 3 lengths clear at the distance. However, Sykes instructed hil to pull him up as he thought he had the race settled. Meanwhile Robert Johnson moved Ebor to one side so that Jackson could not see him until it was too late. He got up by a head, much to the fury of Sykes and Jackson. Ebor only raced 6 times, winning 4 races, although one was a walk over. Over Round 133%
Note:The image above is in the public domain being by John Frederick Herring who died over 150 years ago in 1865.

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