The 82nd winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 16th September 1857 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Imperieuse, a bay filly by Orlando out of Eulogy, owned by Mr John Scott. A field of 11 runners contested the race, although there were 158 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 3950 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £3,675. (Equivalent to £362,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
IMPERIEUSE Nat Flatman John Scott Mr John Scott 100/6
COMMOTION Aldcroft Mr Barber 14/1
TOURNAMENT George Fordham Mr Douglas 8/1
BLINK BONNY Charlton Mr William L'Anson 5/4 fav
IGNORAMUS Osborne Lord Milton 9/4
ADAMAS Hughes Mr Mellish 30/1
ARSENAL J Goater Mr Howard 40/1
ARTA Bray Mr Rickaby 100/1
SIR COLIN John Wells Mr T Parr 33/1
ANTON A Day Mr F Robinson 40/1
WILD HONEY Mundy Mr R King 100/1
It was widely expected that Blick Bonny would follow up her Derby win quite comfortably, although she was odds against. In the event she only managed fourth place behind Imperieuse, the 2 length winner, who beat Commotion in 3 minutes 25 seconds, while Tournament was a further neck away in third. She had already won the Lavant Stakes at Goodwood in her 2 year old days, and landed the 1000 Guineas earlier in the season. Over Round 110%

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