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Monday, 27 July 2015

Horse Racing course

The first recorded horse race meeting at England's oldest course, Chester, took place on February 9, 1540. Early victors were awarded the "Chester Bells", a set of decorative bells for decorating the horse's bridle. Races originally took place on Shrove Tuesday until 1609, and thereafter on St George's Day.

The mayor of Chester in 1540 was Henry Gee. It is thought that it was he who inspired the term ‘gee gee’ for a racing horse.

The British established the first race course in America in 1664 soon after having captured New Amsterdam from the Dutch. In fact, this was one of the first actions of Richard Nicolls, first Royal Governor of New York. The two-mile-long course, laid out on Long Island, was called Newmarket, after England's most famous track.

Queen Anne first gave horse racing at Ascot "Royal" status when she founded the course in 1711. She deemed the heath surrounding the village, then known as East Cote, the ideal place for "horses to gallop at full stretch."The first prize was for Her Majesty’s Plate, with a purse of 100 guineas. The racecourse is famous in particular for its summer meeting, held for four days in June.

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