The 72nd winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 15th September 1847 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Van Tromp, a brown colt by Lanercost out of Barbelle, owned by the 13th Earl of Eglinton. A field of 8 runners contested the race, although there were 145 subscriptions of 50 sovereigns each, which was worth 7250 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £3,275. (Equivalent to £350,400 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
VAN TROMP Job Marson John Fobert 13th Earl of Eglinton 4/1
COSSACK Sim Templeman Mr Pedley 4/5 fav
ERYX Charles Marlow Lord Eglinton 12/1
PLANET Nat Flatman Mr Mostyn 7/1
PHILOSOPHER F Butler Mr Lane Fox 25/1
JOVIAL Whitehouse Mr Meeson 40/1
SWALLOW J Holmes Mr Mostyn 35/1
FORECLOSURE John Day Mr Pedley 11/2
The Derby winner Cossack was strongly fancied to follow-up with a second Classic victory and set a strong gallop from the start. Jovial and Van Tromp exchanged places over the first mile and a half, both settling behind the leader, but at the distance Van Tromp challenged Cossack on the Stand side and readily took the lead to win by an easy 2 lengths in 3 minutes 20 seconds. The winner was viewed as a lazy but talented horse. He defeated Cossack twice more in his later career, including the Goodwood Cup in 1848. Over Round 119%
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