As many of you racing historians will know, it was not uncommon in days gone by for a horse to run in several races over the length of a meeting, and indeed that some races might have heats or be run as “best of three”. Thus, today of all days, one should bear in mind the following, written in 1909. “The most considerable sum, ever won by the great racing public of small means was when Voltigeur won the St. Leger in 1850. The excitement during the deciding heat with Russborough was probably the greatest ever seen on any race-course; and on the evening of the following day, when he won the Doncaster Cup, beating the Flying Dutchman, many of the Yorkshiremen caroused all night. As one of them said, “Who’d go to bed when Voltigeur’s won the St. Leger and the Cup?“”
What a time to have lived. Todays carefully selected recommendations for those of both small and large means are as follows:
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