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Galloway Races advertisement

The above notice was published in the Northants Evening Telegraph on Wednesday 8 August 1900

The event was not the success that had been hoped for as the following Evening Telegrah report shows:


Owing to their being a loss on the sports held at Whitsuntide by the Burton Latimer Friendly Societies, the committee decided to
organise a second meeting for the Feast week in order if possible to clear off the deficit. This meeting took place on Monday, but
unfortunately the attendance was again not very large. The field at the bottom of Church Lane had been secured, and on this a
good course was prepared. For the foot racing there were 130 entries and for the three Galloway races 15.


Feast Stakes - For ponies 13 hands 2 inches and under to carry nine stone. First prize, value £8: second to receive £1.10 shillings
out of stakes.

1: Mr Orton’s Polly. 2: Mr T Standley’s Winsome. Also ran: Mr T Hobb’s Kitty. Only three ran out of an entry of five. Polly from the
start took the lead and kept about a length in front of Winsome throughout the race, and gaining further on its competitor won
by two lengths, Kitty being nearly a lap in the rear

 Burton St Leger. - For galloways 15 hands and under, to carry 10 stone. 7lb allowed for every inch under.

First prize, value £12: second to receive £2 out of stakes. As in the first race, only two horses took the field, these being
Mrs E Lovegrove’s Maudie and Mr T Pretty’s Black Satin. Maudie led for the first lap, but Black Satin passed her in the
second lap, when Maudlin drew level and passed her, winning by a length and a half.

Latimer Plate – For ponies 14 hands 2 inches, to carry 9st. 7lb allowed for each inch under.

First prize, value £7: second to receive £1 10s out of stakes. – After about 20 minutes’ waiting the spectators were informed that
this race had been declared “off”, the cause, as our representative was informed, being a misunderstanding between the jockeys and
the officials.

Horse racing in Hall Field.
In an interview with an unknown person, Douglas Ashby records that he was told that there was horse racing in the Hall Field, Kettering Road, and that "Sally Kersley went in a race in which her knickers fell off but she picked them up and put them on her arm and won race". - If this memorable event was in Hall Field it would have been on another ocasion not the one reported above which was held in a field at the end of Church Lane.

Galloway horses from the west of Scotland were the original British racehorse, renowned for their speed and strength and later bred with Arabians to produce the thoroughbreds we associate with racing today. Glais Races advertised ‘a six furlongs Galloway dash’ and a ‘one mile Galloway’. Galloway Races it seems were races in which weight was allocated according to the size of the horse; e.g. 13h carried 7st., 14h carried 9st., 15h carried 11st.

This was evidently a popular sport and it is known that Galloway horses also raced at Rushden in 1898 and in Kettering at the Kettering United Silver Band sports in 1900..

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