The 20th winner of the St Leger, held on Tuesday 22nd September 1795 over the 2 miles of Town Moor, was Hambletonian, a bay colt by King Fergus out of Grey Highflyer, owned by Sir Charles Turner. A field of 5 runners contested the race, although there were 12 subscriptions of 25 guineas each, which was worth 300 Guineas. (Equivalent to £38,800 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
HAMBLETONIAN Dixon Boyes John Hutchinson Sir Charles Turner 4/6 fav
WHY NOT (later Maximus)     Mr Peirse
ARIADNE     Lord Grosvenor
DUCHESS     Mr Wilson
The winner proved to be one of the best horses of the 18th or 19th Centuries winning 18 of his 19 races, including the St Leger and Doncaster Gold Cups in 1795 and 1796. Over Round N/A
Note the image below, taken from a widely produced card, is in the public domain because it was by George Stubbs who died in 1806.

This token, known as Wyon’s Penny, is one of a number produced to commemorate a match which was staged at Newmarket, over their 4 mile straight Beacon course, on Monday 25 March 1799. The famous Beacon course starts 5 miles from Newmarket and continues in a straight line to the winning post which is a mile from Newmarket town centre. This match, still common even in the late 18th century, was between Durham landowner Sir Harry Vane-Tempest's Hambletonian (1792-1818), ridden by Frank Buckle (purple jacket with yellow cap and sleeves), and the horse-breeder Joseph Cookson's Diamond (1792-1819), ridden by Dennis Fitzpatrick (lilac jacket with straw coloured cap). The match, for 3,000 guineas a side, half of which was forfeit, saw the 5-4 on favourite Hambletonian, win by 'half a neck' in  7 ¼ minutes, although the coin wrongly states it took eight and a half minutes. Betting at the Coffee Houses in the morning favoured Hambletonian at 5/6, but on course during the race Evens was offered against each horse.

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