No More Assumed Names In England, Daily Racing Form, 1913-11-06


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NO MORE ASSUMED NAMES IN ENGLAND. The Jockev Club of England look an important step last month in the adoption of a new rnle doing away with the loag-establishcd practice of racing under an assumed name. Previously rule 9. had read: "An assumed name cannot be used unless anniiallv registered and the fee paid. A registration continues effectual only during the current year. As amended the rule now reads: "A name assumed for the purposes of racing cannot be used. M though other things contributed to this action, it seems probable that the principal impelling motive was to prevent bookmakers from, as one member stated it. "racing under one name and betting under another." In the discussion of the matter it was recognized that a measure of hardship was involved in certain cases where assumed names had been used with absolute propriety and integrity. But on the whole It was decided that the time had arrived for the abrogation of this privilege, even though it should result in the retirement froni racing of desirable participants. Steward F. W. Lamb-ton, in moving the adontion of the new rule, stated the case thus: "He took it that the reason for an assumed name could only be for two purposes either concealment or deception; and they were aiding and abetting concealment or deception at 50 a head. He also maintained that it was an insult to the morals of the racing world. In one sentence he would state what he meant by that. An assumed name implied one of two things: either that the turf was not good enough for a mans name, or that a mans name was not good enough for the turf. Either of those propositions was insulting: but they accepted 50. and swallowed the insult. The Jockey Club ought to set the highest example in raciug matters: if they were going to keep a rule by which they aided and abetted deception and concealment, and a rule which might lead, as Dr. Johnson had said, to vice or roughery. they, were not keeping to the straight path which the Jockey Cluli ought to follow."

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