The 99th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 16th September 1874 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Apology, a chestnut filly by Adventurer out of Mandragora, owned by Mr Launde (aka Reverend John William King). A field of 13 runners contested the race, although there were 197 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4925 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,265. (Equivalent to £426,500 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
APOLOGY John Osborne William Osborne Mr Launde 4/1 fav
LEOLINUS T Osborne Sir R Bulkeley 7/1
TRENT Tom Cannon Mr W R Marshall 5/1
THE SCAMP Parry Sir J D Astley 33/1
VOLTURNO Constable Mr W S Cartwright 100/1
LADY PATRICIA J Goater Mr East 40/1
ATLANTIC Tom Chaloner Lord Falmouth 100/15
SWEET VIOLET J Snowden Mr R T Walker 100/1
BLANTYRE Hopper Mr James Merry 100/1
ROSTREVOR Huxtable Mr Fisher 100/1
BOULET Butler M Lefevre 100/1
FEU D'AMOUR Custance M Lefevre 11/2
GLENALMOND F Webb Mr James Merry 11/2
Blantyre and The Scamp were determined to make the pace true and took the early lead from Glenalmond. After 4 furlongs Boulet took up the running and maintained his lead until the Red House, closely followed by Leolinus, but with Apology going ominously well. Indeed, fully half a mile from home the crowd were shouting 'Apology wins it' and she duly obliged by 1 1/2 lengths from Leolinus in 3 minutes 16 seconds, with Trent fully 5 lengths back in third. She was a most accomplished filly, winning the 1000 Guineas,the Oaks and the Coronation Stakes at Ascot. Over Round 104%

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