The 189th winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 8th September 1965 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Provoke, a bay colt by Aureole out of Tantalizer, owned by Sir Jakie Astor. A field of 11 runners contested the race which was worth £42,000. (Equivalent to £781,200 in 2017)

The Youtube link below is a 41 second clip of the 1965 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PROVOKE Joe Mercer Major Dick Hern Jakie Astor 28/1
MEADOW COURT Lester Piggott P J Prendergast Mr G M Bell 4/11 fav
SOLSTICE Eric Eldin J F Watts Mr Charles Englehard 100/6
BALLYMARAIS Brian Connorton W Gray Mr W T Stoker
DEFENCE Brian Taylor H Leader Mr S Grey
AS BEFORE Bill Williamson W Wharton Major L B Holliday
DUX BONUS Garnie Bougoure S McGrath Mr J McGrath
CANVAMORE Geoff Lewis Ron Smyth Mr R R More O'Ferrall
CAMBRIDGE Stan Clayton Bruce Hobbs Mr David Robinson
NOBLE RECORD Paul Cook Paddy Prendergast Mr M J Sheehan
DONATO J Purnell M Vincent O'Brien Countess de la Valdene
The winner won by a massive 10 lengths in 3 minutes 18.6 seconds, with 5 lengths between second and third. In a 7 race career Provoke won 4 and was second once. Over Round N/A

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