The 115th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 10th September 1890 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Memoir, a brown filly by St Simon out of Quiver, owned by the 6th Duke of Portland. A field of 15 runners contested the race, although there were 219 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5475 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £5,150. (Equivalent to £607,700 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
MEMOIR John Watts George Dawson 6th Duke of Portland 10/1
BLUE GREEN G Barrett Duke of Westminster 10/1
GONSALVO John Osborne Mr J Gretton 200/1
SAINFOIN Fred Rickaby Sir J Miller 4/1
MARTAGON Webb Mr Douglas Baird 25/1
ALLOWAY Tom Cannon Mr J H Houldsworth 33/1
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY Bruckshaw Mr E Lascelles 7/1
RIGHT-AWAY Robinson Mr W Low 25/1
SUREFOOT Liddiard Mr A W Merry 8/1
ODDFELLOW Calder Lord C Montague 40/1
HUTTON CONYERS Fagan Mr C Perkins 200/1
ST SERF Tom Loates Duke of Portland 100/6
HEAUME Fred Barrett Baron de Rothschild 5/2 fav
STAR J Woodburn Prince Soltykoff 100/1
ORWELL A J Taylor Duke of Westminster 200/1
After 3 near starts the runners finally got away at the fourth time of asking, with Oddfellow jumping off in front. With a mile to go Oddfellows still led the way from favourite Heaume, but 4 furlongs from home the field began bunching with Memoir, Alloway and St Serf all contesting the lead. At the distance Sainfoin squeezed Blue Green on the rails allowing Memoir to be sent to the front by Watts. Memoir held on by a comfortable 2 lengths in 3 minutes 13.6 seconds, with a length between the unlucky Blue Green and Gonsalvo. Memoir did not show too much promise at two, but showed she had trained on by securing second place in the 1000 Guineas, winning the Oaks and then capturing a second Classic victory in the St Leger. Over Round 111%

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

Copies of the above books are only available by emailing stating your requirements, method of payment (cheque payable to W.Slusar) or Bank transfer, and the address where the book(s) should be sent.
Download an order form
  Quantity Cost
Volume 1 North of Hatfield £19.99 + £4 postage    
Volume 2 South of Hatfield £14.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 3 Wales & Scotland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 4 Ireland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volumes 1 - 4 £54.96 + £5 postage    
Postage & Packaging    
Email order form to