Saturday, February 09, 2008

On this day

in 1540 the first recorded horse racing meeting in Britain; held at the Roodeye Field, Chester. Which is not the same as saying that is when horse racing started in England

"There is evidence that horse racing became a professional sport in this country as early as the 12thcentury, when the English knights returned from the Crusades with Arab horses. This is the breed of horse that is used in horse racing today"

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