The 101st winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 13th September 1876 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Petrarch, a bay colt by Lord Clifden out of Laura, owned by Viscount Dupplin. A field of 9 runners contested the race, although there were 210 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5250 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,850. (Equivalent to £514,100 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PETRARCH Jemmy Goater John Dawson Viscount Dupplin 5/1
WILD TOMMY Custance Duke of Hamilton 100/1
JULIUS CAESAR F Webb Mr Gee 33/1
HELLENIST Tom Chaloner Lord Ailesbury 50/1
KISBER J Osborne Mr A Baltazzi 1/2 fav
SKYLARK Fred Archer Lord Falmouth 20/1
COLTNESS T Osborne Mr J H Houldsworth 25/1
LEVANT Morbey Lord Rosebery 200/1
ALL HEART Constable Lord Rosebery 20/1
Derby winner Kisber was strongly fancied to land his second Classic, although 2000 Guineas winner Petrarch held similar lofty ambitions. At flag fall Constable struggled to hold on to All Heart who set off at a very brisk pace, followed by Julius Caesar and Hellenist. At the Red House Kisber was still pulling double and went on by 3 lengths, while Skylark and Petrarch were mounting their challenges on the outside. Just below the distance it was obvious the favourite was in trouble as Petrarch loomed large, although he only got home by a neck from the strong finishing Wild Tommy in 3 minutes 19.5 seconds. Over Round 104%
Note: The sketch above is shown courtesy of the Illustrated London News; it is in the public domain as the unknown artist died over 100 years ago.

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