The 203rd winner of the St Leger, held on Saturday 15th September 1979 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Son of Love, a chestnut colt by Jefferson out of Mot d'Amour, owned by Alexis Rolland. A field of 16 runners contested the race which was worth £70,750. (Equivalent to £373,600 in 2017)


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SON OF LOVE Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Alexis Rolland 20/1
SOLEIL NOIR Yves Saint Martin Francois Mathet Baron Guy de Rothschild
NINISKI Willie Carson W R Hern Lady Beaverbrook
BILLBROKER George Duffield Gavin Pritchard-Gordon Lady Jessel
CRACAVAL Steve Cauthen Barry Hills A Shead
HIGHAM GREY C Eccleston Jack Hanson R Bradley
IMPERIAL FLING Edward Hide Harry Thomson Jones Dr Carlo Vittadini
LAKE CITY Brian Taylor H Ryan Price Harry Demetriou
MESSENGER OF PEACE Geoff Baxter Ron Boss T Saud
MILFORD Joe Mercer W R Hern HM Queen Elizabeth II
SCORPIO Philip Paquet Francois Boutin G A Oldham
SERGE LIFAR Brian Rouse H Ryan Price Lord Carnarvon
STETCHWORTH Ernie Johnson Harry Wragg R Moller
TORUS John Reid R Houghton Dr J Hobby
VICOMTE Mark Birch Jimmy Fitzgerald T Barber
REPROCOLOUR Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd
The winner won by a short head in 3 minutes 9.2 seconds, with 2 1/2 lengths back to the third. In a career consisting of 35 races, Son of Love won just 3 and was second on 7 occasions. Over Round N/A

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