The 58th running of the Irish St Leger was held on Saturday 23rd September 1972 over 1 mile 6 furlongs of The Curragh. The winner was owned by Mr Norman Frank Butler, trained by Kevin Prendergast and ridden by Tommy P Burns. The winner won £10,165, winning by 2 lengths in 3 minutes 6.6 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


PIDGET (Grey mare by Fortino II out of Primlace) SR 1824

The winning owner won £10,165 (The equivalent of £131,800 in 2018 terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Age/Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PIDGET 3 8st 11lbs T P Burns Norman Frank Butler Kevin Prendergast
2 OUR MIRAGE 3 9st 0lbs Bill Williamson Mr Nat Cohen Barry Hills
3 FIRE RED 3 9st 0lbs Brian Taylor   Ken Cundell
4 MANITOULIN 3 9st 0lbs Johnny Roe Mrs J W Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
5 LADY EXBURY 3 8st 11lbs R Parnell   Dermot Weld
6 NEVER SLIP 3 9st 0lbs Tommy Murphy   H Nugent
7 PARDNER 3 9st 0lbs George McGrath Mrs P McGrath Seamus McGrath
  Betting Pidget raced 17 times, winning 6 and being placed second on 3 occasions. Wins include the Irish 1000 Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes. Pidget won the Irish 1000 Guineas by 1/2 length from Arkadina. Pidget was third in the Irish Oaks, beaten 4 lengths by Regal Exception (SR 1884) with Lady Exbury unplaced. Pidget was unplaced in the Epsom Oaks behind Genevra (SR 1906). Our Mirage was 4th in the Epsom Derby beaten 4 lengths by Roberto (SR 2107). Our Mirage was runner-up in the Doncaster St Leger beaten 1/2 length by Boucher (SR 1912).
Evens fav Our Mirage
2/1 Manitoulin
13/2 Pidget
14/1 Fire Red

Rare photo of PIDGET with grateful thanks to Derick Quinn

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