The 121st winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 9th September 1896 over the Old St Leger course on Town Moor, was Persimmon, a bay colt by St Simon out of Perdita II, owned by HRH Prince of Wales. A field of 7 runners contested the race, although there were 220 subscriptions of 25 sovereigns each, which was worth 5500 sovereigns. The value to the winner was £5,075. (Equivalent to £614,100 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PERSIMMON John Watts Richard Marsh HRH Prince of Wales 2/11 fav
LABRADOR Morny Cannon Duke of Westminster 6/1
RAMPION R Moreton Duke of Westminster 200/1
DYNAMO Fred Rickaby Mr R H Combe 200/1
FUNNY BOAT Tommy Loates Mr E Courage 66/1
LOVE LANE Jimmy Woodburn Mr J Lowther 200/1
CHEVELE D'OR W Bushell jnr Lord Radnor 200/1
The Prince of Wales's horse was strongly fancied to follow up his Derby success, and short odds were taken. In the event he had to be shaken up to go passed Labrador to win by a length and a half in 3 minutes 20 seconds, with Rampion a bad third. Over Round 106%
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