This race took place on Wednesday 26th February 1851, run on average going and the weather was clear. The winner was owned and trained by Joseph Osborne and ridden by Terry Abbot, winning by half a neck in 9 minutes 59 seconds, with 2 lengths back to the third.


There were 63 initial subscribers of 5 sovereigns each, of which 33 accepted at 20 sovereigns each. Along with 100 added sovereigns, and after the second retained their stake and expenses of 20 sovereigns were paid, the winner's pot was 825 sovereigns. (Equivalent to £102,300 in 2017)

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 ABD el KADER Terry Abbot Mr Joseph Osborne
2 MARIA DAY John Frisby Mr C Higgins
3 SIR JOHN J Ryan Lord Waterford
4 HALF-AND-HALF R Sly Jr. Mr Oakes
also VAIN HOPE Sam Darling Jr. Mr Vevers
also RAT-TRAP Jem Mason Mr T Mason
also MULLIGAN Willie Draper Mr J Elmore
also SHINSHORE Mr Gaman Mr King
also REINDEER C Planner Mr May
also TIPPERARY BOY Tom Olliver Mr Tollitt
also SIR PETER LAURIE W Scott Mr W Barnett
also PETER SIMPLE D Tubb Mr Cunningham
also THE VICTIM W Taylor Mr Palmer
also FUGITIVE H Bradley Lord Lurgan
also CURRIG J Debean Mr Barry
also FUGLEMAN D Wynne Colonel Shirley
also HOPE Mr Green Mr S H Kemp
also VOLATILE W Fowler Mr W Vevers
also MARE BY GREYSTEEL Thrift Mr Onslow
also MAURICE DALEY C Boyce Mr Cartwright
also PENRITH McClory Mr Johnstone

Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Sunday 2nd March 1851, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.
The horses were mustered together in the grass field on the left of the usual starting enclosure because the normal field was sown with wheat. A few minutes after 4 o’clock the Earl of Sefton gave the word ‘go’ and they were off. Sir John, Hope, Half-and-Half, the Greysteel mare, Peter Simple, Tipperary Boy, Maurice Daley, Maria Day and Reindeer shared the early lead, running as a cluster over the first two fences and on into the plough where Sir John took up his position at the front and cut out the early work at a strong pace, with Hope and Peter Simple following him. At this stage of the race Fugleman, Volatile and Penrith brought up the rear. The challenging post and rails inclined the wrong way at the end of the ploughed section, causing Rat-Trap to refuse, although this caused little confusion to the remainder of the field. A division in the field started to emerge after this section, the gap increasing as they traversed the long enclosure beyond leading for the fences immediately preceding Beecher's Brook where Ryan on the Marquis’s horse continued in a straight line followed by Peter Simple, Tipperary Boy and Maria Day. Nearing the Brook, memorable from Captain Beecher’s fall, the field began to clash again, with Hope placing himself alongside Sir John, the couplet taking it well together until Mr Green’s horse showed the way over the bank fences beyond Beechers until his stirrup broke and he retreated. Sir John led round the extreme turn about 2 lengths to the good of Peter Simple.
It’s now over the John Hanmer in the Stands for the rest of the commentary which is shown below.

6/1 Rat-Trap
7/1 Sir John
7/1 Abd el Kader
8/1 Vain Hope
10/1 Tipperary Boy
15/1 Fugitive
100/6 Maria Day
20/1 Half and Half
25/1 Sir Peter Laurie
25/1 Mulligan
25/1 Currig
50/1 Penrith
50/1 Maurice Daley
50/1 Greysteel mare
50/1 Volatile
50/1 Hope
50/1 Fugleman
50/1 The Victim
50/1 Peter Simple
50/1 Reindeer
50/1 Shinshore
  Over round 108% Note that unquoted horses have been allocated 50/1

The field was in a pretty cluster as they came into Valentine’s Brook where Peter Simple emerged from the phalanx of runners to challenge the Irish crack and supplant him in the lead.  Approaching the lane leading onto the bridge and the racecourse proper the string were in much better order than has been invariably witnessed at this stage of the race, all being on good terms because the pace of the race was not good. Peter Simple was four lengths in front at the artificial water-leap opposite the Grand Stand and remained so at the distance Chair where Olliver brought Tipperary Boy to Sir John’s quarters and pushed by him to challenge Peter Simple for the lead. By the time they reached the artificial brook, which this year was increased to a width of 15 feet, Tipperary Boy cleared it in a very accomplished manner to gain a length lead over Peter Simple, with Sir John taking it in third about 4 lengths off Peter, with Mulligan in fourth and then Fugitive, Shinrone, Maurice Daley, The Victim and Abd-el-Kader. By the time the field reached Proceed’s Lane Tipperary Boy held a length and a half lead with Peter Simple in his wake, closely followed by Sir John and Abd-el-Kader who was progressing smoothly. In the plough and wheat enclosures, before Beecher’s  was re-crossed, Peter Simple retired from the contest leaving Mulligan to take second place just a couple of lengths off Olliver’s horse. At one of the nasty bank fences at the nethermost turn Mulligan rolled over, much to the chagrin of his party, and Fugitive also met with an upset at one of these fences. At the Canal fields Maurice daley was beaten, along with Currig, Sir Peter Laurie and Thrift’s mare, meaning the only horses left to race were Tipperary Boy, Sir John, Maria Day, Abd-el-Kader, Shinrone, Half-and-Half, Vain Hope and Reindeer. At the hurdles at the lower end of the course Tipperary Boy dropped away entirely, and the lead was left with Half-and-Half, Maria Day and Abd-el-Kader. Maria dwelt at the leap and was passed by Abd-el-Kader, although from thence to the homeward stretch the struggle was very fierce between the two. At the line Abd-el-Kader had about half a neck to spare as Maria Day tired at last, with Sir John two lengths back in third, followed by Half-and-Half, Vain Hope and Rat-Trap, beaten about 15 lengths. Other finishers were Mulligan, Shinrone, Reindeer and Tipperary Boy. It was a long, tiring and arduous race, little short of 5 miles, which was won in 9 minutes 59 seconds.

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