The 48th winner of the St Leger, held on Monday 15th September 1823 over the St Leger course of Town Moor, was Barefoot, a chestnut colt by Tramp out of Rosamond, owned by Mr Richard Watt. A field of 12 runners contested the race, although there were 84 subscriptions of 25 guineas each, which was worth 2100 Guineas. (Equivalent to £258,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
BAREFOOT Tom Goodisson Richard Shepherd Mr Richard Watt 5/1
SHERWOOD William Scott Mr Houldsworth 20/1
COMTE D'ARTOIS Robert Johnson Mr Riddell 7/1
CARNIVAL Ben Smith Mr Henry Peirse 5/2 fav
TANCRED Frank Buckle My Wyvill 25/1
GANYMEDE W Arnold Mr Hunter 25/1
RINGLET G Oates Sir M W Ridley 25/1
MERCANDOTTI S Day Sir T Mostyn 15/1
CALEDONIAN J Garbutt Lord Kelburne 25/1
NORTH STAR J Gray Mr Ferguson 25/1
ETIQUETTE G Dockeray Lord Grosvenor 16/1
CLAUDE LORRAINE S Barnard Mr West 9/1
Chaos at the start of this race when there were initially 3 false starts after which all horses returned to the starting line. However, after a 4th false start 23 of the horses completed the course, victory going to Mr Henry Peirse's Carnival. Once again the starter protested that he had not started the race and ordered a re-run. Only 12 of the horses chose to re-run, the other 15 being withdrawn. In the race proper Comte D'Artois made the running until 2 furlongs from home when Barefoot passed him with ease and won by a comfortable 2 lengths in 3 minutes 23 seconds. In a career consisting of 20 races Barefoot won 10 and was second in a further 6 races, including successive Lancaster Gold Cups in 1825 and 1826. Over Round 102%
Note:The image above is in the public domain being by John Frederick Herring who died over 150 years ago in 1865.

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