The 95th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 14th September 1870 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Hawthornden, a bay colt by Lord Clifden out of Bonny Blink, owned by Mr Thomas Vaughan Morgan. A field of 19 runners contested the race, although there were 234 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5850 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £5,525. (Equivalent to £607,800 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
HAWTHORNDEN Jemmy Grimshaw Joseph Dawson Mr Thomas V Morgan 1000/35
KINGCRAFT French Lord Falmouth 2/1 fav
WHEAT-EAR F Webb Lord Falmouth 10/1
RECORDER Tom Cannon Mr Brayley 200/1
PALMERSTON Tom Chaloner Mr W S Crawfurd 7/2
PHYSIOLOGY Maidment Mr Cross 200/1
TABERNACLE Goater Mr J C Stuart 25/1
BONNY SWELL Jeffrey Captain Machell 50/1
CAPTIVATOR George Fordham Mr Graham 100/8
STOCKHAUSEN J Adams Mr Graham 200/1
ALARIC Hunter Mr T Jenning 200/1
SUNLIGHT Snowden Mr James Merry 8/1
STANLEY Osborne Mr J Johnstone 25/1
ENTERPRISE Morris Mr Martin 200/1
NORMANBY Parry Mr J Dawson 40/1
THE BOY Wyatt Captain Atkins 66/1
PTARMIGAN Hudson Mr T S Dawson 100/1
ELY APPLETON Custance Mr W S Cartwright 200/1
WILD FLOWER Butler Mr W S Crawfurd 200/1
The strongly fancied Kingcraft was expected to dominate the event and was led in the early stages by Sunlight, but after 2 furlongs the leader swerved and fell, breaking a fetlock joint. Wild Flower took up the running until 3/4 of a mile from home when he dropped back rapidly. Two furlongs out and Kingcraft and Hawthornden had the race between them and after a ding-dong battle Hawthornden prevailed by a head in 3 minutes 18.5 seconds. After a successful 2 year old career the winner had a lean time as a three year old until causing a surprise in the St Leger. Performances later in his career were undistinguished. Over Round 104%

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