On this day in Yorkshire- September 24th 1776- The first St Leger is run.

In 1776 the St Leger horse race was run on Cantley Common near Doncaster. It was founded by Colonel Anthony St Leger and five horses took part. The winning horse was called “Allabaculla,” ridden by John Singleton, trained by Christopher Scaife and owned by the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. The St Leger is today one of the most important fixtures on the British horse-racing circuit and the oldest of all the classic races throughout the world.

 

Cover Picture credit- “Theodore” the winner of the 1822 St Leger (and the earliest picture I could find) wikipedia public domain.