Agitation for Mutuels in England, Daily Racing Form, 1916-09-02


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AGITATION FOR MUTUELS IN ENGLAND. From all accounts. Cue pari-mutuel idea is gaining i ground in public favor in England. Hotspur, of the London Daily Telegraph, recently predicted that it . was sure to come sooner or Inter. Tin- latest edition of Dailys Magazine congratulates Hotspur on his excellent work he has been accomplishing with a view to getting the Jockey Club to .ice the desirability of adopting the pari-mutuel on the race nurses "of England, and at the same time proving to the state-the fair system of betting that could be .made helpful in the matters of assisting light-horse : breeding, the relief or the poor, and giving grants to public hospitals. 1 Since then a large number of owners of race horses, breeders ami trainers have signed a petition believing that the time is singularly opportune for bringing the juestion to the notice of the Jockey Club; and, while recognizing that it is one which must pass outside the mere limits of the breeding and racing world, they nevertheless suggest that its national importance more than justifies its careful and close consideration. They furthermore believe that "an expression of approval, emanating from the governing body of the English turf, would be sympathetically received by the state authorities, and would certainly facilitate to a large degree the acceptance by the state of the principle of tin; pari-inutuel. In this confident belief, therefore, and in the hope that the stewards ami members of the Jockey Club will give to the subject the consideration which its importance justifies, the signatories to this petition have appended their names." It is claimed that those who have attached their signatures to the petition are representative in every sense, apart from members of the Jockey Club", of the general body of breeders, owners and trainers of the thoroughbred; and they have done so in the belief that the stewards and members of the Jockey Club will accent the fact as evidence of :i widespread, influential and pronounced feeling in favor of the introduction to English race courses of the pari-mutuel system of betting. Recognition of the principle and its .practical adoption are urged on the following main grounds: "a That revenue accruing from approved deductions on the gross volume of betting would enable stakes to be increased and substantial prizes for breeders to lie established. "b That part of such revenue would also be available for the state for stimulating that declining light-horse breeding with which the thoroughbred is inseparably associated. "c That the principle in operation could not fail to have healthy and moral benefit for horse racing." It is also said that if the totalizator was to be introduced, there may be a limited number of licensed bookmakers allowed to do business on the usual spot, for those people; who may prefer to be on the nod. Those that signed the petition include; The Marquis of Cholmondeley. the Karl of Carnarvon, Lord Marcus Berosford, Lord Torrington, the Hon. George I. ambton. Sir Charles Nugent, Mr. E. Ilulton, Mr. Mortimer Singer, Mr. J. It. Joel. Mr. S. I!. Joel, Mr. II. S. Persse, .Mr. K. C. Dawson, Mr. Lionel Robin-Son, Mr. AV. Clark, Mr. Frank Hartigan. Mr. AVaugh. Mr. John Porter. Mr. Sam Darling, Mr. Richard Marsh. .Mr. R. AVootton. Mr. Charles Peck, Mr. Percy Peck. Mr. Fred Hunt. Mr. II. Eseott, Mr. Jos. Mutters. Mr. Tom Cannon. Jr., Mr. R. T. AVaugh, Mr. AValtcr Raphael. Captain R. II. Dew-hurst, Mr. Reginald Day anil many others.

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