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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Horse-Racing in Ye Olden Time

Horse-Racing in Ye Olden Time.

At a meeting of the inhabitants of Auckland and Manukau (says the New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette, of November 27, 1841), held at Wood's Royal Hotel, on the 3rd November, 1841, W. Young. Esq., in the chair, it was resolved that the Auckland Races take place on the Epsom Racecourse. The first day's programme, January 5, 1841, was a "big bill," consisting of the Auckland Town Plate, in specie, by subscription of 3sovs. each; and the Valparaiso Stakes (handicap) heats, once round the course, gentlemen riders. The second day's racing consisted of Ladies' Purse, Hurdle Race, and Consolation Purse. The amount of prize money is not given. The stewards were: Lieutenant Smart, 28th Regiment; Dr. Gaumie, 80th Regiment; W. Young, Esq.; J. Coates, Esq., treasurer; Lieutenant Best, 80th Regiment. Clerk of the Course, R. Benson, Esq. Among the conditions were: Publicans could erect booths on the racecourse on paying £1 to the racing fund; private matches taking place on the days of the races to pay one guinea entrance to the funds for use of the course. No false start allowed. Jockey costume must be worn. Subscriptions for the races were received at the Bank, Wood's Royal Hotel, Watson's Exchange Hotel, Hill's Yew Tree Inn, Mason and Paton's auction mart, and at the office of the Auckland Printing Company. The betting rooms—for human nature was just the same in 1841 as in 1890—were at Watson's Exchange Hotel.