Royalty in Old Time Matches, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-06


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ROYALTY IN OLD TIME MATCHES. . Matches often were run under royal patronage. So far back as 1377 the prince who became Richard II. seems to have been beaten in a match against the Earl of Arundel "owners up" and afterward to have bought the victors horse for a sum equal now to 0,000. King Charles II. himself rode his horse. Woodcock, in a match at Newmarket in 1571. and was beaten. Even the austere King William III. ran a horse in a match for a stake of 2,000 guineas, while Queen Anne ran several horses in her own name in matches at York and at Newmarket. The future George IV. ran a memorable matcli against time when twenty-two years of age. riding from Erighton to London and back 112 miles in ten hours, on the same horse, as it appears.

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