The 104th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 10th September 1879 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Rayon D'Or, a chestnut colt by Flageolet out of Arucaria, owned by Count Frederic De Lagrange. A field of 17 runners contested the race, although there were 276 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 6900 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £6,575. (Equivalent to £716,700 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
RAYON D'OR Jem Goater Tom Jennings Count F De Lagrange 3/1 jt fav
RUPERRA C Wood Mr J H Houldsworth 100/15
EXETER Custance Mr C Blanton 28/1
PROTECTIONIST H Jeffery Lord Bateman 200/1
ALCHEMIST Rossiter Mr H E Beddington 66/1
LANSDOWN George Fordham Mr W S Crawfurd 7/1
MARSHALL SCOTT T Osborne Lord Dupplin 55/1
MULEY EDRIS Luke Lord Falmouth 100/1
SALTEADOR Rolfe M Fould 22/1
WHITE POPPY Glover Mr R Howett 200/1
SQUEAKER Moberly Mr Hampton 200/1
ZUT J Morris Count F De Lagrange 25/1
SIR BEVYS Tom Cannon Mr Leopold Rothschild 3/1 jt fav
VISCONTI Fred Archer Lord Rosebery 25/1
JESSIE AGNES Tom Chaloner Mr J Snarry 200/1
ROBBIE BURNS Snowden Mr Pickersgill 33/1
PALMBEARER John Osborne Mr J Trotter 33/1
The first to show was Visconti, from Jessie Agnes and Rayon D'Or, but after only 2 furlongs Rayon D'Or dashed passed the early leader to make the test a true gallop. By the time of the rising hill Rayon D'Or had increased his lead ahead of Alchemist and Ruperra and this order was maintained at the Red House. As they rounded the final bend Rayon D'Or was still several lengths clear of Ruperra and was still pulling double. Seemingly without effort he maintained his lead to the line, winning by 5 lengths in 3 minutes 21 seconds, with a length separating Ruperra and Exeter. In an outstanding 23 race career he won 17 and was second twice. but was soundly beaten in Sir Bevys Derby. Over Round 104%
Note: The image of Jem Goater is shown courtesy of John Griffiths, author of 'Hedneford's Horse Racing History'

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