The 205th winner of the St Leger, held on Saturday 12th September 1981 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Cut Above, a bay colt by High Top out of Cutle, owned by Sir Jakie Astor. A field of 8 runners contested the race which was worth £100,000. (Equivalent to £395,000 in 2017)

The Youtube link below, supplied by World of Sport, is a 7 minute 35 second clip of the 1981 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
CUT ABOVE Joe Mercer Major Dick Hern Sir Jakie Astor 28/1
GLINT OF GOLD John Matthias Ian Balding Paul Mellon
BUSTOMI Lester Piggott W R Hern Lady Beaverbrook
SHERGAR Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan
BRIGADIER HAWK Johnny Seagrave Clive Brittain
MAGIKIN Bruce Raymond W R Hern
RIBERETTO Edward Hide Ron Boss
CONDESSA Mark Birch Jim Bolger
The winner won by two and a half lengths in 3 minutes 11.6 seconds, with 4 lengths back to the third. In a career spanning 7 races, Cut Above won 2 and was second twice. Over Round N/A

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