The 142nd winner of the St Leger, (although now called the September Stakes due to it being moved from Doncaster because of the First World War), held on Wednesday 12th September 1917 over the 1 mile 6 furlongs of the Cesarewitch course at Newmarket, was Gay Crusader, a bay colt by Bayardo out of Gay Laura, owned by Mr Alfred Cox. A field of just 3 runners contested the race which was worth £1,250. (Equivalent to £99,500 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
GAY CRUSADER Steve Donoghue Alec Taylor jnr Mr Alfred Cox 2/11 fav
KINGSTON BLACK Tommy Burns C Waugh Colonel Hall Walker 33/1
DANSELLON Fred Rickaby Atty Persse Admiral H Meux 100/15
The winner won by the easiest of 6 lengths in 2 minutes 59.6 seconds, with a distance back to the tailed off Dansellon. The most impressive winner completed the Wartime Triple Crown and won 8 of his 10 career races. Over Round 104%
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