The 33rd winner of the St Leger, held on Monday 26th September 1808 over the 2 miles of Town Moor, was Petronious, a bay colt by Sir Peter out of Louisa, owned by the 9th Duke of Hamilton. A field of 12 runners contested the race, although there were 29 subscriptions of 25 guineas each, which was worth 725 Guineas. (Equivalent to £61,200 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PETRONIOUS Ben Smith William Theakston 9th Duke of Hamilton 100/3
CLINKER Frank Buckle   Sir S Sitwell 7/1
EASTON William Clift   Lord Milton 6/1
THERESA J Garbutt   Sir M M Sykes 7/4 fav
PETER PLYMLEY W Arnold   Sir Charles Turner 10/1
POULTON J Shepherd   Mr Clifton 6/1
CESTRIAN Mr Egerton 50/1
TEAZLE EVITCH Mr Hewett 50/1
STILTON Mr Hewett 50/1
McGEORGE Mr Hewett 50/1
LAUREL LEAF Mr T Duncombe 8/1
MUSA Mr Bower 50/1
The winner won as an unfancied outsider after Musa fell and Laurel Leaf was left at the start. He raced 11 times in total, winning just 5 of his races, including the Union Cup at Preston in 1810. Over Round 109%
Note: The image shown above is from a painting by Francis Cotes who died in 1770 and therefore it is in the public domain.

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