The 106th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 14th September 1881 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Iroquois, a brown colt by Leamington out of Maggie BB, owned by Mr Pierre Lorillard. A field of 15 runners contested the race, although there were 231 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5775 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £5,450. (Equivalent to £605,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
IROQUOIS Fred Archer Jacob Pincus Mr Pierre Lorillard 2/1 fav
GEOLOGIST Tom Cannon A&G Pierre Lorillard.JPG (16379 bytes) Mr F Gretton 11/1
LUCY GLITTERS J Snowden Mr C Perkins 66/1
SCOBELL Rossiter Prince Soltykoff 100/8
LIMESTONE Jem Goater Lord Bradford 11/1
FORTISSIMO Morbey Lord Vivian 66/1
ST LOUIS George Fordham Mr W S Crawfurd 5/1
FALKIRK Luke Mr R S Evans 500/1
BAL GAL C Wood Lord Falmouth 20/1
ISHMAEL John Osborne Mr R Jardine 5/1
PRIVATEER Kellet Mr R Jardine 66/1
EUSEBE W McDonald M Lefevre 40/1
VOLUPTUARY F Webb Lord Rosebery 100/6
JOSYAN Barrett Mr L De Rothschild 50/1
LORD CHELMSFORD Watts Captain Patrick 200/1
St Louis made an early bid for glory dashing away from Josyan and Iroquois, but as soon as they settled the favourite was steadied. At the rising hills Josyan and Falkirk went on together, but as they came over the hill the course was clouded in fog and it was only after passing the Red House that it was obvious the two leaders were a spent force, with Ishmael choosing to make his move. Two furlongs out Fred Archer called on the favourite for an effort and he drew steadily clear. At the line he was eased to win cleverly by a length from Geologist in 3 minutes 20.6 seconds, with 3/4 length back to Lucy Glitters. In winning his second Classic, having already landed the Derby, Iroquois beacme the first American bred throughbred to land English Classics. In a career consisting of 26 races he won 12 and was second on 4 further occasions. Over Round 109%

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