The 177th winner of the St Leger, held on Saturday 12th September 1953 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Premonition, a bay colt by Precipitation out of Trial Ground, owned by Mr Wilfrid Wyatt. A field of 11 runners contested the race which was worth £9,750. (Equivalent to £257,400 in 2017)

The Youtube link below, supplied by British Pathe, is a 2 minute 07 second clip of the 1953 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PREMONITION Eph Smith Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Wilfrid Wyatt 10/1
NORTHERN LIGHT II G Lequeux France M F Dupre 5/2
AUREOLE W H Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort HM The Queen 5/4 fav
MOUNTAIN KING Sir Gordon Richards J A Waugh Mr J E Fergusson 100/6
TIMBERLAND Doug Smith H Peacock Mr F W Dennis 100/1
TEREK II J Doyasbere France M F Dupre 50/1
CHATSWORTH J Clayton H Cottrill Major L B Holliday 18/1
NOVARULLAH C Spares W Stephenson Mr J McGrath 33/1
EMPIRE HONEY W Rickaby Jack Jarvis Lord Milford 100/9
CHAMIER W Nevett M Vincent O'Brien Mrs F Vickerman 100/6
AMBIGUITY Joe Mercer R J Colling Lord Astor 100/6
The winner won by 3 lengths in 3 minutes 6.8 seconds, with a further 3 lengths back to the third. In a career consisting of 14 races Premonition won 8 and was second twice. Over Round 120%

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