The 58th winner of the St Leger, held on Tuesday 20th September 1831 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Chorister, a bay colt by Lottery out of a dam by Chorus, owned by Lord Cleveland. A field of 24 runners contested the race, although there were 86 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 2150 sovereigns. (Equivalent to £225,800 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
CHORISTER John Day John Smith 1st Marquis of Cleveland 20/1
THE SADDLER T Nicholson Mr Skipsey 3/1 fav
LA FILLE MAL GARDEE Bob Johnson Mr Golden 50/1
LADY ELIZABETH C Wakefield Mr F Richardson 1000/40
MARCUS Sam Chifney Lord Cleveland 7/2
LIVERPOOL Bill Scott Mr Robinson 15/2
THE CHANCELLOR J Holmes Mr R Bower 18/1
SIR JOHN T Whitehouse Mr A Bower 16/1
CREOLE W Wheatley Lord Fitzwilliam 20/1
CLARION G Nelson Lord Scarbrough 14/1
BRAS DE FER Patrick Connolly Lord Sligo 50/1
DELIGHT J Chapple Mr T Sadler 13/1
ACHILLES Wright Mr T Sadler 50/1
OSSIAN H Edwards Colonel Cradock 50/1
JOAN D'ARC T Greathead Mr Wagstaff 50/1
STREAMLET J Garbutt Mr Wagstaff 50/1
CIRCASSIAN Sam Darling Mr Houldsworth 12/1
COLWICK G Calloway Mr Beardsworth 18/1
BRAITHWAITE J Dodgson Mr R Harrison 50/1
RUBINI F Boyce Mr Vansittart 40/1
SHRIGLEY J Spring Mr W Turner 50/1
TREMAINE Sim Templeman Mr Singleton 50/1
TEETOTUM J Jacques Mr Ferguson 50/1
PANTON Job Marson Mr S Reed 50/1
The early pace was set by Chancellor who led until the Red House, at which point La Fille Mal Gardee came to the front. At the furlong pole she was headed by Th Saddler who looked all over the winner until a late challenge was mounted by Chorister who got up by a head in 3 minutes 24 seconds. The winner was lightly raced, contesting 7 races, winning 4 and being placed second in 2 more. Over Round 130%
Note:The image above is in the public domain being by John Ferneley who died over 150 years ago in 1860.

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