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    On this day in 1957 Arkle was born

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    On This Day in 1783 the first ever recorded race meeting was held at Catterick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Geezer View Post
    On This Day in 1783 the first ever recorded race meeting was held at Catterick.
    At least Peter Naughton wasn't there then.

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    Twenty years ago today, May 12th 1998, the last edition of Sporting Life was published.

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    On this day 26 years ago Istabraq was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Geezer View Post
    On This Day in 1783 the first ever recorded race meeting was held at Catterick.
    Any idea what 'recorded' means in this context, DG? They didn't even have cine cameras in those days.

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    I take it to mean the results were kept Art.

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    On this day in 1970 Arkle was pts

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    I barely remember it mentioned on the tv news, Charles Mitchell the anchorman.

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    On this day Aug 12th in 2003 Kieran Kelly, aged 25 and rider of Hardy Eustace & Colonel Braxton, who was critically injured in a fall on 8 Aug 2003 at Kilbeggan, passed away.

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    8 years ago today the great one made his debut at Newmarket.
    All comers, all grounds, all beaten!

    This perfect mix of poetry and destruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankel View Post
    8 years ago today the great one made his debut at Newmarket.
    What a horse Nathaniel was.

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    Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision down the field that day.

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    And on 15 August 1972, this happened (as told in 2016):

    https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/a...ritish-racing/

    One of my earliest memories of flat racing. Massive shock at the time at the time, but, in isolation, Roberto's performance that day was incredible - he's beaten a 144-rated horse by three lengths. Everything behind Brigadier Gerard has run to its form, too.
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    On this day in 1965 Arkle's won the Gallaher Gold Cup, a handicap chase run at Sandown. Carrying 12st 7lbs he beat Rondetto by 20L giving 26lb and Mill House by 24L giving 16lb. He broke the course record by 17 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Geezer View Post
    On this day in 1965 Arkle's won the Gallaher Gold Cup, a handicap chase run at Sandown. Carrying 12st 7lbs he beat Rondetto by 20L giving 26lb and Mill House by 24L giving 16lb. He broke the course record by 17 seconds.
    Unreal. Don't know my racing history but that is something else. Guess that's why he's rated 212

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    Last edited by archie; 6th November 2018 at 6:10 PM.
    The older I get the better I was.

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    Course record still stands I believe. He broke it by 17 seconds though so some catching up to do.
    The commentary of course is an add on as BBC did not cover Sandown Park at that time and the footage, when thought lost was recovered had no commentary.
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    On this day in 1963 Manchester racecourse closed. Best Song ridden by Jimmy Lindley and trained by Towser Gosden (Father of John) won the Manchester November Handicap carrying 9st 6lb and the final race was won by Lester Piggott on Fury Royal who finished one winner behind Scobie Breasley in the race for the jockeys' title.

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    On this day in 1997 Sir Peter O'Sullevan gave his last commentary for the BBC before retirement. The Hennessy Gold Cup was won by Suny Bay (Graham Bradley). It proved to be an emotional afternoon, capped when his own colours were carried to victory by Sounds Fyne in the Fulke Walwyn Chase.

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