The 175th winner of the St Leger, held on Saturday 15th September 1951 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Talma, a bay colt by Pharis out of Thaouka, owned by Colonel William Radcliffe. A field of 18 runners contested the race which was worth £9,750. (Equivalent to £307,100 in 2017)

The Youtube link below, supplied by British Pathe, is a 1 minute 43 second clip of the 1951 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
TALMA Rae Johnstone Charles Semblat M Marcel Boussac 7/1
FRAISE DU BOIS Charlie Smirke Harry Wragg HH Aga Khan 15/2
MEDWAY Doug Smith Fred Winter F Bartholomew 40/1
DANESHILL Ken Gethin Norman Bertie Sir Victor Sassoon 22/1
SYBIL'S NEPHEW W Rickaby Jack Jarvis Lord Milford 13/2
AQUINO II Charlie Elliott F Armstrong Maharaja of Baroda 100/8
EXPEDITIOUS Scobie Breasley Noel Cannon Mr J V Rank 100/8
SEA PARROT Gordon Richards Noel Murless Lt-Col Giles Loder 100/8
TUDOR CASTLE Manny Mercer G Colling Senor R Peracca 100/7
SUN PRINCE Edgar Britt Captain Elsey Mr N Donaldson 50/1
NOURREDDIN T Lowrey A J Waugh Mr W Phillips 25/1
WHINSAIRE T Gosling France Mr J Neill 100/1
GILDED HOUR F Barlow Jack Jarvis 100/1
TURKS RELIANCE G Littlewood R A Jones 66/1
MYSTERY IX F Palmer France 10/1
LA DOUTELE W H Carr Easterby 100/1
VA VITE Eph Smith France 40/1
ZUCCHERO C Spares Ken Cundell 8/1
The winner won by 10 lengths in 3 minutes 13.8 seconds, with 4 lengths back to the third. In a career comprised of 9 races Talma won 5 and was second once. Over Round 122%

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