The 114th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 11th September 1889 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Donovan, a bay colt by Galopin out of Mowerina, owned by the 6th Duke of Portland. A field of 12 runners contested the race, although there were 205 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5125 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,800. (Equivalent to £576,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
DONOVAN Fred Barrett George Dawson 6th Duke of Portland 8/13 fav
MIGUEL F Webb Mr J Gretton 33/1
DAVENPORT Fred Rickaby Lord Bradford 20/1
ENTHUSIAST Tom Cannon Mr Douglas Baird 100/6
CHITABOB J Fagan Mr C Perkins 5/1
L'ABBESSE DE JOUARRE J Woodburn Lord R Churchill 66/1
LORD LORNE John Osborne Sir R Jardine 100/1
SCOTTISH FUSILIER Driscoll Duke of Hamilton 200/1
GAY HAMPTON G Barrett Mr W Low 100/1
PINZON John Watts Lord Zetland 20/1
CHEROOT H Morgan Mr J Lowther 200/1
WORKINGTON T Bruckshaw Mr J Lowther 40/1
Davenport was late on the scene causing the start to be delayed by 15 minutes, but when the flag finally fell Cheroot jumped off in front from Davenport and Lord Lorne. It was not until after the Red House that Cheroot finally gave up the lead to Pinzon, but he was there on sufferance. Within 2 furlongs Donovan had taken over and set such a strong gallop that no one could match him and he came home an easy winner by 3 lengths in 3 minutes 13 seconds, with 3 lengths between Miguel and Davenport. Donovan was a prolific winner netting £55,000 in 1888 and 1889, winning such races as the July Stakes at Newmarket, the Epsom Derby and the Prince of Wales Stakes. Over Round 105%
Note: The image above is by artist Harrington Bird and is in the public domain because he died more than 70 years ago in 1936.

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