The 64th winner of the St Leger, held on Tuesday 17th September 1839 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Charles XII, a brown colt by Voltaire out of Wagtail, owned by Major Yarburgh. A field of 14 runners contested the race, although there were 107 subscriptions of 50 sovereigns each, which was worth 5350 sovereigns. (Equivalent to £545,700 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
CHARLES XII Bill Scott John Scott Major Yarburgh 4/7 fav
EUCLID Patrick Connolly Mr Thornhill 13/1
THE PROVOST Sim Templeman Colonel Cradock 30/1
MALVOLIO Tommy Lye Lord Eglinton 10/1
DOLPHIN J Holmes Colonel Craufurd 100/1
BLOOMSBURY S Rogers Mr Ridsdale 6/1
DRAGOMAN W Macdonald Mr Clark 100/1
HYLLUS Sam Day Mr Dixon 100/1
BOLUS R Hesseltine Mr Wormald 100/1
THE LORD MAYOR G Nelson Lord Westminster 50/1
THE CORSAIR John Day Lord Lichfield 40/1
FITZ-AMBO Job Marson Mr Allen 100/1
EASINGWOLD J Cartwright Mr Ramsay 35/1
UNNAMED BAY COLT BY JERRY G Calloway Lord Kelburne 100/1
This race was unique in being the first St Leger to produce a dead-heat between Charles XII and Euclid in 3 minutes 25 seconds. In the run-off Charles XII prevailed by a head. He was a prolific winner in a career stetching over 34 races, being victorious on 19 occasions and runner up on 6 occasions. He won the Doncaster Cup at the same meeting having previously won the Liverpool Tradesmans Cup. In 1841 and 1842 he won the Goodwood Cup. Over Round 109%
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 1839 St Leger racecard shown below, part of his magnificent collection.

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