The 44th winner of the St Leger, held on Monday 20th September 1819 over the St Leger course of Town Moor, was Antonio, a bay colt by Octavian out of a dam by Evander, owned by Mr James Ferguson, trained at Tupgill, Middleham by John Lonsdale and ridden by Tom Nicholson. A field of 19 runners contested the race, although there were 50 subscriptions of 25 guineas each, which was worth 1250 Guineas. (Equivalent to £98,400 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
ANTONIO Tom Nicholson John Lonsdale Mr James Ferguson 100/3
WRANGLER Robert Johnson   Mr Henry Peirse 7/4 fav

Note that although the artist has painted the colours red with red cap, the actual colours of James Ferguson at that time were blue and yellow vertical stripes with blue and yellow cap.

Lord Eglinton 10/1
TABLET Mr Crockford 50/1
JENNY WREN Mr Watt 10/1
SHAMROCK Lord Rossmore 100/4
PYRAMUS Mr Garforth 50/1
PALMERIN Earl Fitzwilliam 100/4
BLUCHER Mr Bell 50/1
THE LAIRD Mr R Milnes 100/3
THE BLACK PRINCE Lord Scarbrough 50/1
SWIFT Mr Garforth 50/1
SIR WALTER Colonel Cradock 13/2
AGRICOLA Mr Lambton 13/2
BRONTI Mr Jaques 50/1
HARMODIUS Mr Watson 100/4
WILDBOY Mr Uppleby 50/1
This race was unique in that it was run twice. A field of 19 faced the starter, and of these 14 got away without a hitch at flag fall, but the remaining 5 were left behind and chose not to race. The outsider Antonio won the race in 3 minutes 18 seconds after which the Steward's declared a false start. A re-run was ordered, although only 10 faced the starter. This second race saw Sir Walter get the better of Wrangler who hadm but now, finished runner-up in both races. The matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club and their judgement is shown at the bottom of the page. Antonio raced 13 times in his career, winning 6 and being placed second in a further 6 races. Over Round 120%
Note:The image above is in the public domain being by John Frederick Herring who died over 150 years ago in 1865.
In the re-run only 10 horses started and they did not include the original winner Antonio. The result of the re-run is shown below:-
SIR WALTER Bill Scott   Colonel Cradock
WRANGLER Robert Johnson   Mr Henry Peirse
ARCHIBALD Lord Eglinton
TABLET Mr Crockford
BRONTI Mr Jaques
SHAMROCK Lord Rossmore
WILDBOY Mr Uppleby

Jockey Club Stewards report from Newmarket on Tuesday 4th October 1819

The Stewards of the Jockey Club having taken into consideration the case laid before them by the Stewards of Doncaster Races, respecting the St Leger, and having examined Mr Lockwood, the person appointed by the Stewards of Doncaster to start and judge the race, are decidedly of opinion that the race should have been given to Antonio; and consequently that the Stewards should not have allowed a second race.

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