The 116th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 9th September 1891 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Common, a brown colt by Isonomy out of Thistle, owned by Sir Frederick Johnstone. A field of 9 runners contested the race, although there were 185 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4625 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,300. (Equivalent to £507,400 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
COMMON George Barrett John Porter Sir Frederick Johnstone 4/5 fav
REVEREND J Woodburn Mr M E Blanc 11/2
ST SIMON OF THE ROCK Morny Cannon Colonel North 50/1
BOSPHORUS John Osborne Mr W Stephenson 33/1
CUTTLESTONE Fred Barrett Lord Bradford 50/1
MIMI Fred Rickaby Mr Noel Fenwick 5/1
ORVIETO John Watts Mr J H Houldsworth 10/1
PATRICK BLUE Fagan Lord Zetland 100/1
THE ADMIRAL T Weldon Mr P Buchanan 100/1
The field got away on time and were headed by Reverend followed by The Admiral and Cuttlestone. After 2 furlongs Reverend continued to show, although Common took closer order, followed in Indian file by Orvieto and The Admiral. Fully 5 furlongs from home Patrick Blue, who had been amongst the leaders, tired quickly, and even Common was having to be urged. Approaching the distance the favourite did not look as though he would get on terms with Reverend, but he responded to every call by Barrett and won by a length in 3 minutes 14.4 seconds, with a neck between the brave Reverend and St Simon of the Rock. Common did not race as a two year old, but joined the immortals West Australian, Gladiateur, Lord Lyon and Ormonde as a wearer of the Triple Crown. Over Round 104%
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