The 112th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 14th September 1887 over the Old St Leger course of Town Moor, was Kilwarlin, a brown colt by Arbitrator out of Hasty Girl, owned by the 7th Baron Rodney. A field of 9 runners contested the race, although there were 175 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4375 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,050. (Equivalent to £486,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
KILWARLIN W Robinson James Jewitt 7th Baron Rodney 4/1 fav
MERRY HAMPTON John Watts Mr Abington 6/1
TIMOTHY F Barrett Mr Manton 100/8
CARRASCO C Wood Mr Benzon 40/1
GRANDISON G Barrett Lord Ellesmere 20/1
PHIL John Osborne Mr H T Fenwick 100/14
EIRIDSPORD Tom Cannon Mr Manton 85/20
SAVILE T Weldon Duke of Westminster 15/1
SCOTTISH KING J Snowden Lord Zetland 6/1
Kilwarlin lost 150 yards at the start as Merry Hampton set the early pace which was miserably slow. As they reached the hill the favourite had made up the lost ground and was on terms with the field. At the Red House turn Eiridspord took over the running, closely follwed by Merr Hampton and Carrasco. At the distance Kilwarlin challenged Eiridspord and ran on strongly to win by half a length in 3 minutes 26 seconds, withMerry Hampton a head ahead of Timothy. As well as winning the St Leger Kilwarlin carried off the Great Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. Over Round 102%
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