The 73rd winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 13th September 1848 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Surplice, a bay colt by Touchstone out of Crucifix, owned by the 3rd Viscount Clifden. A field of 9 runners contested the race, although there were 132 subscriptions of 50 sovereigns each, which was worth 6600 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £3,075 (Equivalent to £294,300 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SURPLICE Nat Flatman Robert Stephenson jnr 3rd Viscount Clifden 9/4
CANEZOU F Butler Lord Stanley 7/4
FLATCATCHER Jem Robinson Mr B Green 7/2
JUSTICE TO IRELAND Sim Templeman Duke of Bedford 9/2
ASSAULT Winteringham Mr B Green 50/1
SPONGE G Whitehouse Mr Parr 50/1
ESCAPE J Holmes Mr Humphries 50/1
BESBOROUGH Job Marson Mr Pedley 50/1
CANNIBAL Marlow Lord Stanley 50/1
Note that only horses priced at 9/2 or better were recorded, all others have been allocated 50/1. Over Round 116%

The race had an unusual start because all of the runners started without being called to order and, in consequence, all of the jockeys except Job Marson were fined £5, later reduced to £3. The winner won by a neck in a time of 3 minutes 20 seconds. In a 14 race career, Surplice won 9 races including the Epsom Derby and St Leger.

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