The 120th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 11th September 1895 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Sir Visto, a bay colt by Barcaldine out of Vista, owned by the 5th Earl of Rosebery. A field of 11 runners contested the race, although there were 196 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 4900 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £4,575. (Equivalent to £549,000 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SIR VISTO Sam Loates Matthew Dawson 5th Earl of Rosebery 9/4 fav
TELESCOPE F Allsopp Mr W M G Singer 1000/35
BUTTERFLY Bradford Mr L Brassey 8/1
UTICA Tommy Loates Mr Leopold de Rothschild 4/1
CURZON John Watts Baron de Hirsch 10/1
MATCHMAKER Morny Cannon Lord Alington 10/1
LORD CHESTER S Chandley Mr H Hall 20/1
BRIARDALE Finlay Sir R Jardine 20/1
VILLIERS T J Calder Lord Ellesmere 20/1
SATI F Pratt Prince Soltykoff 100/1
CAYENNE R Morton Duke of Westminster 150/1
There was some doubt about the favourite prior to the start as it drifted in the betting. As the lag fell it was Lord Chester who cut out the early pace from Cayenne and Butterfly, but the leader was in trouble after half a mile. Round the final bend Butterfly took up the running, closely followed by Telescope and Sir Visto, and this order remained until 2 furlongs out. At the distance a good battle ensued between Sir Visto and Telescope, with the former getting home by 3 parts of a length in 3 minutes 18.4 seconds, while Butterfly was a bad third. The winner won the Epsom Derby and St Leger, but in a career consisting of 13 races he only won 3 and it was generally believed that he was towards the front of a poor generation of horses. This was confirmed when Matthew dawson claimed that he was inferior to Ladas. Over Round 102%

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