The 97th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 11th September 1872 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Wenlock, a bay colt by Lord Clifden out of Mineral, owned by the 2nd Earl of Wilton. A field of 17 runners contested the race, although there were 191 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4775 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,450. (Equivalent to £480,600 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
WENLOCK Charlie Maidment Tom Wadlow 2nd Earl of Wilton 8/1
PRINCE CHARLIE T French Mr J Dawson 11/4 jt fav
VANDERDECKEN Tom Cannon Lord Aylesford 100/6
MEREVALE Lowe Mr J Astley 1000/20
INTREPID Morris Mr Bowes 100/1
WELLINGTONIA Tom Chaloner Mr W S Crawfurd 9/2
SIMON Butler Mr W S Crawfurd 100/1
PRODIGAL Osborne Mr R M Delamere 100/1
PATRIARCH Parry Lord Falmouth 100/1
STRATHTAY Martin Mr J R Bruce 100/1
YOUNG SYDMONTON Custance Mr A E Hope 1000/20
LIGHTHOUSE Jennings M Lefevre 100/1
LORD GOUGH Hunt Mr R H Long 100/1
GLADIOLUS Webb Mr James Merry 100/1
XANTHUS Huxtable Mr Thomas V Morgan 100/1
DRUMMOND George Fordham M Lefevre 11/4 jt fav
KHEDIVE Snowden Lord Zetland 8/1
The early pace was set by Wellingtonia and Merevale, although within a furlong Gladiolus had taken up the running and set a brisk pace until they went down the hill. Approaching the Red House Prince Charlie made his move on the inside and Wenlock on the outside, the two going stride for stride until 2 furlongs from home when Wenlock got the upper hand, striding on to win with ease by 5 lengths in 3 minutes 21.5 seconds. Wenlock failed to reach the same heights as a Classic victory at any other time in his career. Over Round 111%

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