The 54th winner of the St Leger, held on Tuesday 15th September 1829 over the 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Rowton, a chestnut colt by Oiseau out of Katherina, owned by Hon. Edward Petre. A field of 19 runners contested the race, although there were 97 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 2425 Guineas. (Equivalent to £242,500 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
ROWTON Bill Scott John Scott Hon. Edward Petre 3/1 fav
VOLTAIRE Sam Chifney Lord Cleveland 4/1
SIR HERCULES P Connolly Lord Langford 14/1
FELT Jem Robinson Lord Worcester 100/1
CLOTILDE Sim Templeman Mr Ridsdale 8/1
PARNASSUS G Dockeray Lord Grosvenor 100/1
ROSSIGNOL G Nelson Duke of Leeds 25/1
LAWN SLEEVES Robert Johnson Mr Riddell 100/1
QUADROON T Lye Lord Fitzwilliam 50/1
RETRIEVER F Boyce Lord Kelburne 40/1
FREDERICK J Forth Mr Gratwicke 4/1
THE EXQUISITE F Buckle jnr Mr Theobald 20/1
BOLIVAR J Garbutt Mr Robinson 100/1
YOUNG PATRICK T Nicholson Sir E Dodsworth 100/1
LADY SARAH H Edwards Mr F Richardson 100/1
ELASTIC J Dodgson Mr Earnshaw 100/1
STOTFORTH John Day Lord Cleveland 20/1
WANDERING JEW J Jacques Mr Athorne 20/1
DON JOSE John Jackson jnr Mr Chilton 100/1
The winner was strognly fancied for the race despite it being his first outing of the season. In a strong field which also included Derby winner Frederick and unbeaten colts Voltaire and Sir Hercules, Rowton was made the favourite and led from start to finish, holding off the sustained challenge of Voltaire by half a length. He was lightly raced in his career, contesting 11 races predominantly at York and winning 7 of them. Over Round 114%
Note:The image above is in the public domain being by John Frederick Herring who died over 150 years ago in 1865.
I am very grateful to Andy Thrower for the image of the 1829 St Leger racecard shown below, part of his magnificent collection.

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