Rulers Of British Turf: Jockey Club Most Autocratic and Aristocratic Body in the World., Daily Racing Form, 1922-05-19


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RULERS OF BRITISH TURF Jockey Club Most Autocratic and Aristocratic Body in the World WorldThe The English Jockey Club Is the most auto ¬ cratic and most arlstocratrc institution in the world worldThe The club itself Is something of a curiosity having no London premises and only renting rooms in the town of Newmarket and hav ¬ ing another room sacred to its members re ¬ served on the race course stand standThe The Jockey Club exercises a positively des ¬ potic sway over all matters connected with flat racing No meeting may be held with ¬ out its sanction no trainer may set up an establishment and no jockey may ride with ¬ out first obtaining a license while its stew ¬ ards may impose any fine not exceeding 300 and may warn any person off Newmarket Heath HeathEven Even those who move in the most exclu ¬ sive circles have to wait years before being elected to membership At the present time the fiftyfour members include the King tho Prince of Wales the Duke of York the Duke of Connaught the Earl of Lonsdalo and Viscount Lascelles and there are also some twenty honorary members mostly prominent foreign and colonial racing men menThere There is no record of the beginning of the club but between 1750 and 17CO a few noble ¬ men and gentlemen many of whom rode their own horses in races banded themselves to ¬ gether into a society which had for its ob ¬ ject the improvement of the turf and from this the present organization has sprung One of the original rules read None but members with boots and spurs be admitted admittedIn In tho course of a few years tho Jockey Club became all powerful In 1791 the stew ¬ ards demanded an explanation of the form of a horse named Escape owned by the Prince of Wales afterward King George IV IVEscape Escape had run last of four on the first day of the Newmarket October meeting starting at 2 to 1 but on the following day he beat five other horses starting at 5 to 1 Tho jockey Sam Chifaey was told by tha stewards that if ho continued to ride for his royal patron no one else would employ him As a result tho prince retired from the turf altogether altogetherCLTJB CLTJB LAWS A1SD OFFICIALS OFFICIALSThe The rules of racing drawn up by tho Jockey Club number 184 many of which are divided into numerous subheads They aro of a most comprehensive character and range from the calculation of time to tho registration of racing colors and the pay ¬ ment of fees and fines finesThe The officials appointed by the club includo clerks of the course bandicappers clerks of the scales starters judges and so on While E M Weatherby is the keeper of tho matchbook and secretary Weatherby Sons are stakeholders and Lord Durham Sir R W B Jardine Lord Hamilton of Dalzell Lord Jersey Lord Carnarvon and Captain Homfray form tho rules committee committeeThe The Jockey Club does not officially recog ¬ nize betting and all matters connected with wagers are dealt with by Tattersalls com ¬ mittee If however any person be re ¬ ported by the committee as being a de ¬ faulter in bets ho Is liable to bo warned off which means that ho Is not allowed to act as steward or official or to subscribe for enter run train or rido a horse at any recognized meeting meetingWarning Warning off by tho Jockey Club Is gen ¬ erally followed by similar action on the part of the National Hunt Committee and tho principal continental and American racing clubs so that tho stigma attached to the sentence follows a man to almost any part of the world worldHow How careful the Jockey Club is of tho wellbeing of tho turf and all connected with It may be judged by tho rules rulesOne One decrees that no person whoso license to train has been withdrawn and refused on the ground of misconduct will be permitted to take employment in any racing stable or bo allowed In any weighing room stand or Inclosure except by leave of the stewards of tho Jockey Club ClubAnother Another rulo lays It down that no trainer shall engage any stable servant who has previously been In a training ctablo without referring to his last employer and receiving a satisfactory reply In writing

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