This was run on Wednesday 26th May 1869 and the winner was bred by Mr William Sadler, owned by John Johnstone, trained by Tom Dawson at Tupgill, Middleham and ridden by John Osborne junior. There were 22 runners from an initial entry of 247. The winner won by a head in 2 mins 52.5 secs, with a length between second and third. The winner won a first prize of £6,225, (The equivalent of £704,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).



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Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 PRETENDER John Osborne Tom Dawson Mr John Johnstone
2 PERO GOMEZ Wells   Sir J.Hawley
3 THE DRUMMER Morris   Mr G.Jones
4 RYSHWORTH Maidment   Mr Savile
5 RUPERT T.French   Lord Strafford
6 DUKE OF BEAUFORT Cannon   Duke of Beaufort
Also KING COPHETUA J.Adams   Sir J.Hawley
Also LORD HAWTHORN Hudson   Mr J.Johnstone
Also THORWALDSEN Chaloner   Mr J.Johnstone
Also THE AEGEAN Parry   Mr H.E.Surtees
Also BORDER KNIGHT J.Snowden   Sir C.Legard
Also MARTYRDOM G.Fordham   Lord Calthorpe
Also BELLADRUM J.Daley   Mr J.Merry
Also NEUCHATEL Hammond   Mr Savile
Also LADAS Custance   Lord Rosebery
Also ALPENSTOCK Mr W.Bevill   Lord Royston
Also PERRY DOWN Butler   Mr T.Jenning
Also DE VERE Grimshaw   Mr J.Dawson
Also TENEDOS Metcalfe   Duke of Newcastle
Also TASMAN Kenyon   Sir R.Bulkeley
Also ETHUS J.Goater   Mr Padwick


Roper   Mr J.Denman
11/8 Pretender

The second horse received 300 Sovereigns from the stake, whilst the third received 150 Sovereigns from the stake.

11/2 Pero Gomez
6/1 Belladrum
100/8 Perry Down
20/1 The Drummer
20/1 Martyrdom
33/1 Border Knight
33/1 Thorwaldsen
50/1 Ryshworth
50/1 Duke of Beaufort
50/1 Rupert
50/1 De Vere
66/1 Ethus
66/1 Ladas
1000/8 King Cophetua
200/1 The Aegean
200/1 Tenedos
200/1 Defender
300/1 Tasman
300/1 Alpenstock
300/1 Neuchatel
300/1 Lord Hawthorn
Over-Round 109%
The painting of Pretender shown above is by an unknown artist circa 1870 and is therefore in the public domain