The 84th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 14th September 1859 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Gamester, a bay colt by The Cossack out of Gaiety, owned by Sir Charles Monck. A field of 11 runners contested the race, although there were 167 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4175 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,075. (Equivalent to £464,600 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
GAMESTER Tom Aldcroft John Scott Sir Charles Monck 20/1
DEFENDER Luke Snowden Mr Saxon 10/1
MAGNUM Osborne Baron Rothschild 100/1
SUMMERSIDE John Wells Lord Londesborough 7/2
THE PROMISED LAND A Day Mr W Day 4/5 fav
NAPOLEON George Fordham Mr C Peck 100/6
GLADIOLUS Nat Flatman Mr Towneley 100/7
COMFORTER Ashmall Sir H Des Veux 100/1
ASTON Charles Marlow Mr T Hunt 100/1
LOVETT French Mr J Ferguson 50/1
URALIAN W Boyce Colonel Smyth 100/1
The 2000 Guineas winner The Promised Land was expected to stay the distance and outclass his rivals, but in the event he could only manage fifth. Outsider Gamester defeated Defender by half a length in 3 minutes 25 seconds, with Magnum 2 lengths further back in third. Over Round 110%

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