Finish of the 1931 St Leger

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The most important day in Doncaster’s social and sporting calendar is without a doubt the day of the St Leger, when crowds flock to the town to enjoy a day’s top quality racing. Horse racing and the St Leger are the subjects of many images in the collection of Doncaster Museum Service, but none capture the excitement of a day at the races as well as this picture. You can almost hear the roar of the crowd as the horses strain to reach the finishing line. The view is taken from the main stand of Doncaster Racecourse looking across to the Free Course and, in the background, Bawtry Road. In 1931, the St Leger was won by Sandwich, and here he is shown in full flight, leading the charge to the line. Simpson divides the painting up into horizontal sections, with the lush green turf of the course being framed by the packed crowds on either side.

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum



Finish of the 1931 St Leger




oil on canvas


H 100 x W 126 cm

Accession number

DONMG : 65.31

Acquisition method

purchased, 1931

Work type



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