The 171st winner of the St Leger, held on Saturday 13th September 1947 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Sayajirao, a bay colt by Nearco out of Rosy Legend, owned by HH Maharaja of Baroda. A field of 11 runners contested the race which was worth £9,750. (Equivalent to £375,400 in 2017)

The Youtube link below, supplied by British Pathe, is a 1 minute 39 second clip of the 1947 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SAYAJIRAO Edgar Britt Sam Armstrong HH Maharaja of Baroda 9/2
ARBAR Charlie Elliott France M Marcel Boussac 5/1
MIGOLI Gordon Richards Frank Butters HH Aga Khan 9/4 fav
COMPRESSOR Michael Beary H Leach Mrs Berry 66/1
WHITEWAY Eph Smith W Pratt Captain Fitzgerald 22/1
TITE STREET W Evans W Pratt Mr J Clayton 25/1
BLUE CORAL W H Carr Cahalin Mr W Hutchinson 66/1
MERRY QUIP Tommy Weston Cannon Mr J V Rank 20/1
BOW & ARROW Sam Wragg Cannon Mr J V Rank 100/8
PEARL DIVER G Bridgland Halsey Baron de Waldner 5/1
CHIROPODIST Bill Rickaby R Jarvis Mr Wright 40/1
The winner won by a head in 3 minutes 7.8 seconds, with 3 lengths back to the third. In a 16 race career, Sayajirao won 6 times and was second on 6 occasions. Over Round 106%

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