The 113th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 12th September 1888 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Seabreeze, a chestnut filly by Isonomy out of St Marguerite, owned by the 5th Baron Calthorpe. A field of 16 runners contested the race, although there were 187 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4675 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,350. (Equivalent to £526,400 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SEABREEZE Jack (W) Robinson James Jewitt 5th Baron Calthorpe 5/2
CHILLINGTON Fred Rickaby Lord Bradford 40/1
ZANZIBAR G Barrett Mr Milner 20/1
APOLLO F Webb Mr J Gretton 1000/15
BENBURB E Martin Duke of Beaufort 1000/15
MERRY ANDREW J Weldon Lord Bradford 100/1
ESTAFETTE Sam Loates Lord Ellesmere 33/1
WHITE FLAG J Woodburn Mr Naylor 500/1
ARRANDALE Warne Mr J H Houldsworth 100/1
STRONVAR John Watts Sir R Jardine 33/1
BELLE MAHONE Fagan Mr C Perkins 50/1
AYRSHIRE F Barrett Duke of Portland 2/1 fav
LOVE-IN-IDLENESS Jem Goater Prince Soltykoff 1000/15
NETHERAVON J Snowden Mr J N Astley 200/1
ORBIT Tom Cannon Duke of Westminster 6/1
OSSORY Tom Cannon jnr Duke of Westminster 33/1
The field got off at the first time of asking, with Ayrshire and Ossory dictating the early pace. Between the rifle butts and Red House Ossory and Estafette shared the lead, closely followed by Orbit and Stronvar. As they rounded the final bend Seabreeze came onto the scene strongly to lead from Ayrshire and fairly easily built a 2 length lead which was maintained approaching the distance. She continued to pile on the pressure and won by 3 lengths in 3 minutes 11.8 seconds, with just a head between Zanzibar and Apollo. Seabreeze had a very successful career, coming second in the 1000 Guineas, winning the Oaks and St Leger, and defeating Derby winner Ayrshire again in the Lancashire Plate. Her total career earnings amounted to £24,266 which equates to 2.9 million in todays money. Over Round 103%
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