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ENGLISH RACING RESTRICTED AGAIN Abandonment of All Meetings Ordered Except Those Scheduled for Newmarket Heath. A dispatch of yesterday from London says: "The government has decided that after May 31 all horse racing must be confim-d to. Newmarket, owing to the increased strain on the railways due to the war. The Jockey Club has cancelled all other meetings." The government early in the year granted the Jockey Club a liberal increase of racing days, as compared with the allotments for 1917. also gave permission to conduct racing over certain specified tracks, other than those at Newmarket. But from the outset a coterie of faddist gadflys in and out of parliament has persistently harassed the government iu an effort to force it to rescind its reasonable attitude iu respect to racing. Unhappily, these IM-tty-minded malcontents appear to have succeeded, and there must be much unhappiness at present in English racing and breeding establishments. Newmarket not being affected, the eight meetings scheduled to be held there, will be duly carried out on their appointed dates. But the meetings granted Manchester, Lingfield. Nottingham. Lewes, Warwick. Gatwick. Leicester. Salisbury, Birmingham, Brighton. Stockton. Windsor, Haydock Park and Wolverhampton will be cancelled. It results, for one thing, that there will be no racing in Eng laud iu August. The Newmarket meetings are two iu June, the First Extra Meeting and Second Extra Meeting: two iu July, the First July Meeting and Second July Meeting: one iu September, the Third Extra Meeting, and three in October, the First October Meeting. Second October Meeting and the Newmarket Houghton Meeting.