The 83rd winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 15th September 1858 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Sunbeam, a bay filly by Chanticleer out of Sunflower, owned by Mr James Merry. A field of 18 runners contested the race, although there were 138 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 3450 sovereigns. (Equivalent to £358,800 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SUNBEAM Luke Snowden John Prince Mr James Merry 15/1
THE HADJI Aldcroft Mr T Dawson 7/1
BLANCHE OF MIDDLEBIE Withington Mr Merry 15/1
TOXOPHILITE S Rogers Lord Derby 2/1 fav
COMPROMISE Charlton Lord Ailesbury 100/1
PRINCE OF DENMARK Dales Mr Barber 100/1
THE FARMER'S SON Bartholomew Count Batthyany 50/1
LONGRANGE Ashmall Mr Murland 12/1
VOLTA Nat Flatman Mr A Nichol 15/1
EAST LONGTON John Wells Mr W S S Crawfurd 8/1
THE COURIER J Goater Count Batthyany 100/1
THE KNIGHT OF KARS A Day Lord Clifden 15/1
BROTHER TO BIRD ON THE WING Osborne Lord Glasgow 25/1
GOVERNESS Norman Mr Gratwicke 14/1
GILDERMIRE Bates Admiral O V Harcourt 25/1
ECLIPSE George Fordham Mr Howard 100/6
KELPIE French Mr T Parr 30/1
MENTMORE Bray Baron Rothschild 1000/15
The favourite Toxophilite helped set the early pace but dropped away tamely to finish fourth behind Sunbeam who won by half a length from The Hadji in 3 minutes 20 seconds, with Blanche of Middlebie a neck back in third. Sunbeam's other performances were undistinguished, although she did win the Coronation Stakes at Ascot and the Goodwood Chesterfield Cup. Over Round 118%

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