The 164th winner of the St Leger (now labelled the Yorkshire St Leger), held on Saturday 23rd November 1940 at Thirsk because the Doncaster Classic was abandoned, was Turkhan, a bay colt by Bahram out of Theresina, owned by HH Aga Khan. A field of 6 runners contested this substitute race which was worth the reduced amount of £980. (Equivalent to £58,800 in 2017)

The Youtube link below is a 1 minutes 20 second clip of the 1940 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
TURKHAN Gordon Richards Frank Butters HH Aga Khan 4/1
STARDUST Harry Wragg Frank Butters HH Aga Khan 9/4 fav
HIPPIUS Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 4/1
OLIDON M Beary Walter Nightingall Miss Dorothy Paget 9/2
CONGRATULATIONS G Littlewood J Payne Sir Victor Sassoon 5/1
SOL D'OR W Nevett M Peacock Mr W Thorpe 25/1
The winner had 3/4 length to spare over his more fancied stable companion, winning in 3 minutes 32.4 seconds, having already captured the Irish Derby. In a career of just 7 races he won 3 and was second twice. Over Round 108%

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