The 67th winner of the St Leger, held on Tuesday 13th September 1842 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Blue Bonnet, a bay filly by Touchstone out of Maid of Melrose, owned by the 13th Earl of Eglinton, trained at Brecongill, Middleham by Tom Dawson and ridden by Tommy Lye. A field of 17 runners contested the race, although there were 134 subscriptions of 50 sovereigns each, which was worth 6700 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £3,600. (Equivalent to £344,900 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
BLUE BONNET Tommy Lye Tom Dawson 13th Earl of Eglinton 8/1
SEA-HORSE J Chapple General Yates 20/1
ATTILA Bill Scott Colonel Anson 11/8 fav
FIREAWAY J Jacques Mr Ferguson 14/1
EBORACUM R Hesseltine Mr Bell 13/1
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY Bradley Mr Owsley 50/1
POLICY F Butler Mr Forth 14/1
ROSALIND S Rogers Mr Combe 14/1
CABRERA W Noble Mr Ramsay 10/1
PRISCILLA TOMBOY W Oates Mr Kitching 50/1
CATTONITE John Day Mr S King 50/1
MARION J Cartwright Mr F R Price 50/1
PHARMACOPOEIA Nat Flatman Mr Thompson 50/1
ARISTOTLE Sim Templeman Mr Micklam 50/1
MASTER THOMAS J Holmes Mr G Clark 25/1
BALLINKEELE Jem Robinson Mr Dixon 7/1
SCALTEEN G Calloway Lord Milltown 50/1
Bill Scott set a tremendous pace at the outset, building a clear lead, but at the mile post he began to come back to his field. Fireaway then took up the running until the Red House, after which Blue Bonnet made her move and shot to the front with 2 furlongs to go. She maintained that lead to the line, winning by a length in 3 minutes 19 seconds. Over Round 125%
Note: The image above is shown courtesy of the Illustrated London News and is in the public domain because its author died over 100 years ago.
I am very grateful to Andy Thrower for the image of the 1842 St Leger racecard shown below, part of his magnificent collection.

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