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Impel 79 was held at the Exhibition Centre at Doncaster Racecourse. Impel Exhibitions commenced in Doncaster in 1970 & were held every 3 years to promote Doncaster's industry.
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The cachet depicts the Doncaster Grandstand.
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The Impel 79 hand postmark was designed by EMI Records.

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Stamp Publicity of Worthing Sussex produced a series of 8 "Come Racing" souvenir covers at different races to match with single day racing pictorial postmarks to advertise races at those tracks & those tracks were:

A. Ascot
B. Ayr
C. Cheltenham
D. Doncaster
E. Epsom
F. Haydock Park
G. Newmarket
H. York

This one of course is Doncaster - Number 5:
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The winner of the 1979 St.Leger Stakes at Doncaster was "Son Of Love" a French thoroughbred. He won 3 races from 35 starts & at one time had a time form rating of 126. He is not considered one of racing's elite.

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Postally used from Doncaster to Newmarket Suffolk - 15th September 1979:
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September 15, 1979 - Come Racing at Doncaster:
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Signed by Stan Mellor.
Stan Mellor (born 1937) is a former National Hunt jockey & trainer who was the first jockey to ride 1,000 winners & Champion Jockey three years in a row from 1960 to 1962.

Mellor was one of the few jockeys to experience beating Arkle, often regarded as the greatest steeplechaser of all time. His victory against Arkle came in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup on 25-1 outsider Stalbridge Colonist. Because of the handicapping system, Arkle was regularly forced to compete conceding huge amounts of weight to other horses, & his defeat is often attributed to that. Mellor himself, however, maintains that Stalbridge Colonist beat him with a "turn of foot"

On 10 December 1971, Mellor rode his 999th winner at Cheltenham. Despite another six rides there the next day, he couldn't add to it. Mellor spent another week trying to pass the landmark, racking up seven more losers in the process. His wife travelled with him every day so as not to miss the celebrations.

Finally, at Nottingham on 18 December 1971, he piloted grey gelding Ouzo to victory in the otherwise unremarkable Christmas Spirit Novices' Chase, thus becoming the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners. Dismounting from Ouzo, Mellor proclaimed it "a great relief" & was presented with an inscribed silver salver by his wife on behalf of the racecourse.

Major racing wins

As a jockey:

King George VI Chase (twice)
Whitbread Gold Cup
Mackeson Gold Cup
Gloucestershire Hurdle
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup

As a trainer:

Triumph Hurdle
Stayers' Hurdle

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Doncaster - St.Leger Stakes 1988:
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St Leger Stakes winner 1988 - Minster Son.
Signed by his jockey & breeder, Willie Carson
The reverse of this card is blank so there is no indication who produced this card.

Minster Son (1985 – 30 August 2006), was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career which lasted from late summer 1987 until September 1988, he ran eight times and won five races. He recorded his most important success when winning the Classic St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old in 1988, ridden by his breeder, Willie Carson. In the same year in which he also won the Newmarket Stakes, the Predominate Stakes and the Gordon Stakes. He was retired to stud following his St Leger victory.

He is probably the only horse ridden by his breeder in any classic race in the 20th Century. More on Willie Carson later. :)
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This thread will take a short break while I take a holiday in China & Hong Kong.

But before I do here is a souvenir cover of the Queen & The Queen Mother arriving at Royal Ascot in an open horse drawn carriage on 29th July 2000:
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Benham of Folkstone Kent souvenir cover - postmarked Royal Mail Croydon, 29th July 2000.
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Don’t know why they used Croydon.... Windsor is close to Ascot.
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norvic wrote:
BigSaint wrote:An Adrian Bradbury limited edition souvenir cover for the 2017 Racehorse Legends postmarked with the Cheltenham jumping horse pictorial postmark dated 6th April 2017. Interesting to note that it does note have any of the stamps of the Racehorse Legends affixed to the cover, instead it has one from a smiler sheet.
Properly described as a 'Business Customised Sheet' (BCS), ie one produced by Royal Mail using their stamps with the labels and background designed by the business. Originally intended for use by businesses to promote themselves to their customers, the scheme was quickly seized upon by producers of commemorative covers such as Bradbury, Buckingham and Benhams who also sold some of these sheets for quiet high prices relative to the value of the stamps. As I have oft said, we don't need Michael Jackson & Dr Who, etc on these special sheets, which are tantamount to wall-posters which happen to have stamps in. Another fad which has now died, leaving these sheets on the secondary market mostly available at not much more than current face values.

Likewise the covers, usually produced in a series (especially Buckingham/Internet Stamps railways series), and marketed at over £10 each, ultimately worth even less than first day covers. <grumpy-old-man-mode off>

(One of the culprits even went so far as to produce pictorial stickers similar to the labels on BCS to place alongside an ordinary stamp when they couldn't or didn't get the sheets printed in time. Still sold them for the same price, even though the cost was much less!)
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I see what you mean with these received on mail over the Christmas New Year period:
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That's Adrian using his leftovers, the ones he couldn't sell. The postage is essentially free because he recovered the costs quickly on the ones he did sell. Bit like Christmas wrapping paper sold very cheaply in January.

Great pity he couldn't be bothered to get them postmarked!
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Yes but at least they didn't receive the black felt pen treatment.
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norvic wrote:That's Adrian using his leftovers, the ones he couldn't sell. The postage is essentially free because he recovered the costs quickly on the ones he did sell. Bit like Christmas wrapping paper sold very cheaply in January. Great pity he couldn't be bothered to get them postmarked!
The Dandenong Letters Centre: DLC 992-3 / 21:34 / 27/12/2019 postmarking at bottom right of the sheet ties the Sheet very nicely. A genuine used through the mail product :!:
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Of course, but that might not have stopped the delivery person putting his sharpie through the stamps, if he could work out which are which.

My point was not about their usefulness on cover, but about the fact that the stamps had not been cancelled yet they could have been.
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Thank you Noel & Ian, now back to the horses.

East Meon is a village & civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 4.4 miles west of Petersfield.

The village is located in the Meon Valley approximately 20 miles north of Portsmouth and 60 miles southwest of London, on the headwaters of the River Meon. The parish has an area of 11,370 acres. Petersfield railway station is the nearest station, 4 miles east of the village. As the town of postmark here is also Petersfield I suspect it is also the closest post office.

While there is evidence of Roman occupation in and around the village, East Meon itself may have started life somewhere between 400 and 600 AD. It appears to be named after the Meon people from Denmark who invaded central Hampshire at that time. East Meon was part of a Royal Manor belonging first to King Alfred the Great who left it in his will to his youngest son Aethelweard (c.880-922). The Domesday Survey of 1086 shows that the Manor then belonged to William the Conqueror. Legend has it that King John married Isabella here at the All Saints Church.

Today I can find no reference to a East Meon Gymkhana & Show. I can only find an East Meon Country Fair held annually on the May bank holiday Monday. It attracts around 3,000 visitors each year from across the Petersfield region with a craft market, performers, music, stalls, food & games. However no horse events are mentioned. Perhaps it is not the same event.

There were other events in the area that obtained machine slogan cancels at the time including the East Meon Church Flower Festival, East Meon Church Fete, Petersfield Music Festival & Petersfield Beethoven Evening.

Here are my examples of the East Meon Gymkana & Show, Saturday August 5 with a jumping horse, 852t type 563 used from 22nd July 1967 to 4th August 1967:
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Petersfield to Rugeley, Staffordshire - 22nd July 1967 (fdu)
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Petersfield to Ilford, Essex - 22nd July 1967 (fdu)
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Petersfield to Ilford, Essex - date unknown
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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan
postmark which contained a number. In the case of Petersfield it was 613
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Next we are off to Epsom for the Derby:
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I am guessing this is a British Transport Museum 1980s reproduction of a 1929 postcard by artist D Paton.
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Epsom is a market town in Surrey, England, 13.7 miles southwest of London, between Ashtead and Ewell. Epsom Downs Racecourse holds The Derby, now a generic name for sports competitions in English-speaking countries. The town also gives its name to Epsom salts, originally extracted from mineral waters there.

The name of Epsom is early recorded as forms of Ebba's ham (home or perhaps manor). Ebba was a Saxon landowner. Epsom appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Evesham, held by Chertsey Abbey. How this name evolved to Epsom is not clear.

Within the centuries-old boundaries of Epsom is Epsom Downs Racecourse which features two of the five English Classic horse races; The Derby and The Oaks, which were first run in 1780 and 1779 respectively. It is a Grade 1 racecourse on the hills associated with Epsom in Surrey, England.

The course, which has a crowd capacity of 130,000 is best known for hosting the Derby Stakes which has come to be widely referred to as The Derby, the United Kingdom's premier thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies, over a mile and a half. It also hosts the Oaks Stakes (also widely referred to as The Oaks) for three-year-old fillies, and the Coronation Cup for horses aged four years and upwards. All three races are Group 1 races and run over the same course and distance.

The first recorded race was held on the Downs in 1661, others records indicate an earlier with references to racing in 1625 & the 1640s, so it is likely that racing was established much earlier than that

The Derby, first run in 1780, was named by the toss of a coin between Lord Derby & Lord Bunbury. Lord Derby won the toss & race was named. Ironically Lord Bunbury won the first Derby with Diomed.

In the previous year Lord Derby (Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby), who we met in an earlier post here, had organised a race for himself & his friends to race their three-year-old fillies. He named it the Oaks after his nearby estate.
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Postcard showing the Epsom Racecourse on Derby Day circa 1895.
I would believe this card is a 1980s reproduction.
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The postcard includes the grandstand at Epsom, a reference to which I have seen as being built in 1830 at the cost of £100,000 & seating 7,500 spectators.
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Postcard from the Star Series O.D & D - London:
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On the road to Epsom Downs circa 1910.
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The sender wrote over several cards & enclosed them in an outer cover.
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Postcard from the Star Series O.D & D - London:
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Crossing Epsom Downs circa 1910
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With a view of the Grandstand in the distance.
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Postcard from the Star Series O.D & D - London:
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The Hill, Epsom Downs circa 1910.
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Postcard from the Star Series O.D & D - London:
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The Race, Epsom Downs circa 1910.
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There postcards were probably from a set of 6 or 12.
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Postcard published by E.G. Phillips, The Library Epsom:
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Epsom Derby Day, View from Tattenham Corner, circa 1935.
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I was hoping this card was from an American tourist who had been at The Derby the week before but sadly this was not the case.
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The Derby Winner 1893 - Isinglass (Postcard from the Star Series O.D & D - London):
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Sent from Bundaberg, Queensland to Carcoar (260kms west of Sydney), NSW
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Postmarked August 31, 1909
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Card was produced circa 1905 but mailed in Queensland. Unfortunately the addressee Master Lional Glasson thought is a good idea to write his name on the front. Maybe I will find another one one day.

Isinglass (1890–1911) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career which lasted from 1892 until 1895 he ran twelve times and won eleven races. He was the best British two-year-old of 1892 and went on to become sixth winner of the English Triple Crown by winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, The Derby and the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster in the following year. He was undefeated in his last two seasons, setting a world record for prize money and gaining recognition from contemporary experts as one of the best horses seen in England up to that time.

Owner - Harry McCalmont
Trainer - James Jewitt
Record 12 starts: 11 win–1 second–0 thirds
Earnings - £58,655
Major wins
New Stakes (1892)
Middle Park Plate (1892)
2000 Guineas (1893)
Newmarket Stakes (1893)
Epsom Derby (1893)
St. Leger Stakes (1893)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1894)
Eclipse Stakes (1894)
Jockey Club Stakes (1894)
Ascot Gold Cup (1895)
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6th U.K. Triple Crown Champion (1893)
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The Derby Winner 1899 - Flying Fox - Postcard Valentine's Series, Clarence Hailey, Newmarket, Photo:
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April 2, 1907.
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From Burwell, Cambridge to Louton, Bedfordshire -
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Postcard produced circa 1905.
Flying Fox (1896–1911) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1899 English Triple Crown Races (2000 Guineas at Newmarket, The Derby and the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster) and was the leading sire in France three times.

Flying Fox won three of his five starts at age two, and then at age three went undefeated while becoming only the 8th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. In his sixth and last race of his season and of his career, he won the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. His owner the Duke of Westminster died near the end of 1899 and the following year Flying Fox and many of the other horses in his stable were put up for auction. Purchased for a record 37,500 guineas by the prominent French sportsman Edmond Blanc, he was brought to Blanc's Haras de Jardy horse breeding operation at Marnes-la-Coquette in what is today part of the western suburbs of Paris.

Owner Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster
Trainer John Porter
Record 11: 9-2-0
Earnings £40,096
Major wins
New Stakes (1898)
Criterion Stakes (1898)
2,000 Guineas (1899)
Epsom Derby (1899)
St. Leger Stakes (1899)
Eclipse Stakes (1899)
Jockey Club Stakes (1899)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1899)
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8th U.K. Triple Crown Champion (1899)
Leading sire in France (1904, 1905, 1913)
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LNER Class A1 locomotive no. 4475

In 1925 the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) began a tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses; LNER Class A1 locomotive no. 4475 (later no. 106, BR no. 60106) was named Flying Fox after this horse, and remained in service until December 1964. A 24 class sloop was also named for the horse; HMS Flying Fox was launched in 1918 and served for only a few years before becoming a training ship alongside in Bristol. When the RNR unit headquartered in her moved ashore, the new establishment was also named HMS Flying Fox and remains active to this day.
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From Burwell, Cambridge to Louton, Bedfordshire -
That'll be Luton, with a curly L.
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The Derby Winner 1900 - Diamond Jubilee - Postcard Millar & Lang Ltd, Art Publishers, Glasgow & London:
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Postcard produced circa 1905.
Diamond Jubilee (1897 – 10 July 1923) was a British-bred and British-trained Thoroughbred race horse and sire. In a career which lasted from June 1899 until October 1901 he ran sixteen times and won six races. Diamond Jubilee was bred by his owner, the Prince of Wales. He was foaled in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, hence the name.

He showed modest form as a two-year-old in 1899 but improved to be the leading colt of his generation in 1900 when he won the British Triple Crown (2000 Guineas at Newmarket, The Derby and the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster). His other wins included the Eclipse Stakes, then one of the most valuable horse races in the world. He was retired to stud at the end of the 1901 season and was later exported to Argentina where he became the Champion sire in Argentina on four occasions (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1921).

Owner Prince of Wales then Duke of Devonshire (leased 1901)
Trainer Richard Marsh
Record 16 starts: 6 wins - 4 seconds -1 third
Earnings £28,185
Major wins
2000 Guineas (1900)
Newmarket Stakes (1900)
Epsom Derby (1900)
Eclipse Stakes (1900)
St. Leger (1900)
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9th U.K. Triple Crown Champion (1900)
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The Derby Winner 1909 - Minoru - home made postcard:
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From Epsom, Surrey to Surbiton Hill, Surrey.
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Postmarked Epsom - 14th August 1909
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Postcard produced 1909 presumably by the addressee.
Minoru (1906 – circa 1917) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who won two British Classic Races. In a career which lasted from June 1908 to April 1910 he ran thirteen times and won seven races. After showing moderate form as a two-year-old he improved to become one of the best colts in England in the early part of 1909. He won his first five races including the 2000 Guineas and The Derby. His win at Epsom Downs Racecourse made his owner King Edward VII the first reigning British monarch to win a Derby and was greeted with unprecedented celebration. Minoru's bid to win the British Triple Crown ended when he was beaten by Bayardo in the St Leger. He was retired to stud in 1910 and was soon afterwards exported to Russia, where he disappeared during the Revolution in 1917.

Owner King Edward VII
Trainer Richard Marsh
Record 13 starts: 7 wins - 2 seconds -2 thirds,
Earnings £16,180
Major wins
Greenham Stakes (1909)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1909)
Sussex Stakes (1909)
British Classic Race wins:
2,000 Guineas (1909)
The Derby (1909)
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The Oaks Runner Up 1909 - Princesse Des Galles - home made postcard:
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From Epsom, Surrey to Surbiton Hill, Surrey.
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Postmarked Epsom - 14th August 1909
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Postcard produced 1909 presumably by the addressee.
There is not much I can tell you about Princesse Des Galles apart from in English the name translates to Princess Of Wales & she was owned by King Edward VII.

I can't think why someone would produce a postcard for a second placed horse in the Oaks. I can only think the producer was a follower of the King's horses.

Princess Des Galles was the maternal great-grandam of Star Kingdom one of the greatest sires ever to come to Australia.

Star Kingdom was the leading sire in Australia 5 times (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965) producing the first five Golden Slipper winners & was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2013.
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The Derby Winner 1936 - Mahmoud - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36 issued 6th June 1979:
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Card postmarked with Epsom pictorial Derby 200 postmark 6th June 1979
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Mahmoud (1933–1962) was a French-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career which lasted from April 1935 to September 1936 he ran eleven times and won four races. In 1935 he won two of Britain's most important two-year-old races and was officially rated the second best colt of his generation. In 1936 he won only once from five starts, but this win came in The Derby in which he set a race record which stood for fifty-nine years, and became the third of only four greys to win the race. After being retired from racing he was sold and exported to the United States, where he became a highly successful breeding stallion and was America's Champion sire in 1946.

Mahmoud was a light-coloured grey horse of distinctly Arab appearance standing just under 15.3 hands high bred in France by his owner the Aga Khan. As a yearling he was considered surplus to requirements by his owner and put up for auction at the Deauville sales. When he failed to reach his reserve price the Aga Khan decided to race him and sent him to England to be trained by Frank Butters at the Fitzroy House stable in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Owner HH Aga Khan III
Trainer Frank Butters
Record 11 starts: 4 wins -2 seconds -3 thirds
Earnings £15,026
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1935)
Richmond Stakes (1935)
Epsom Derby (1936)
Awards
Leading sire in North America (1946)
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1957)
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The "Coronation" Derby Winner 1953 - Pinza - Photograph by K. Anscomb, Newmarket
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Jockey, Gordon Richards, on Pinza winner of the 1953 Derby.
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Pinza (1950–1977) was a Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career which lasted just over a year– from July 1952 until July 1953 – he ran seven times and won five races. He was the best British colt of his generation in 1953, when he won The Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Pinza a massive bay colt standing over 16 hands was sired by Chanteur out of the mare Pasqua. He was officially bred by the notable trainer Fred Darling, but the mating which produced Pinza was actually arranged by Pasqua's previous owner, Mrs H. E. Morriss, who sent the mare in foal to the Newmarket sales in December 1949. Darling was impressed by Pasqua's pedigree and bought her for 2,000 guineas, acting through a representative as he was out of the country at the time. When Darling saw Pasqua, he was not impressed and sold her at a loss, but not before she had produced the colt foal who was later named Pinza. As a yearling, the colt was sent to the Newmarket Sales where he was bought for 1,500 guineas by the businessman and hotelier Sir Victor Sassoon. Sassoon named the colt after the Ezio Pinza after seeing the singer performing in South Pacific on Broadway.

Owner Victor Sassoon
Trainer Norman Bertie
Record 7 starts: 5 wins -1 second -0 thirds
Earnings £47,401
Major wins
Dewhurst Stakes (1952)
Newmarket Stakes (1953)
Epsom Derby (1953)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1953)
Honours
Deltic locomotive 55007 was named Pinza

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Pinza a “great” Derby winner and the fifteenth best British racehorse of the 20th Century. Timeform assessed Pinza at 137, making him the highest-rated European horse of 1953.

Following the London & North Eastern Railway tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses, the English Electric 'Deltic' diesel locomotive, no. D9007 (55007) was named after the horse on 22 June 1961 and remained in service until 31 December 1981.
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Pinza was ridden in the Coronation Derby by Sir Gordon Richards who had been knighted just prior to the race, the only flat racing jockey to be knighted. This was his first win in the Derby after 27 previous attempts. He was the Champion Jockey in England 26 times:
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Did someone say the Coronation of QEII:
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Not quite a first day cover & not quite Epsom either. Guess you can't have everything. :)
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BigSaint wrote:Pinza was ridden in the Coronation Derby by Sir Gordon Richards who had been knighted just prior to the race, the only jockey ever to be knighted.
True at the time, not now as AP McCoy was knighted in 2016. Richards remains the only flat racing jockey to so honoured.

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Thank you for that correction fchd. I have amended above. :)
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The Derby Winner 1954 - Never Say Die - Greeting card published by GDS Cards (Horse Racing Classics series 1950 - 1979):
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Never Say Die (1951–1975) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. After winning only once from his first nine races, he demonstrated much improved form in the summer of 1954 to win The Derby, becoming the first American colt to win the race in seventy-three years. Later that year he added a second British Classic when winning the St. Leger Stakes by a record margin of twelve lengths. He was later retired to a successful stud career.

He was conceived in Ireland but foaled at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. His sire, Nasrullah had been a talented but temperamental racehorse who was beginning to have an impact as a stallion. Never Say Die's dam, Singing Grass won seven unimportant races in England. Clark sent the colt to England as a yearling to be trained by Joseph Lawson, who had already won nine Classics.

Never Say Die started a 33/1 outsider in a field of twenty-two runners for the Derby. According to some accounts, he would have started at even longer odds if his memorable name and the publicity attracted by his eighteen-year-old jockey Lester Piggott had not made him a popular choice with many members of the public. The colt was always well-placed and was sent into the lead early in the straight by Piggott. He won comfortably by two lengths from Arabian Night and Darius. Clark, his owner, was ill in New York hospital and unable to attend the race, which saw Never Say Die becoming the first American-bred Derby winner since Iroquois in 1881.

Timeform awarded Never Say Die a rating of 137, the highest for any horse in 1954. A rating of 130 is considered the mark of an above average European Group One winner.

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Never Say Die a “superior” Derby winner and the fifty-third best British racehorse of the 20th Century .

On retirement, Clark, gave him to the British National Stud. He was champion sire in 1962, thanks to Larkspur's Derby victory. He also sired The Oaks and 1,000 Guineas winner Never Too Late and other good winners in Die Hard and Sostenuto, stayers who both won the Ebor Handicap.

Never say Die was put down in 1975, by when his stock had won 309 races worth more than £400,000 in Great Britain. He is buried in The National Stud's horse cemetery.

Owner Robert Sterling Clark
Trainer Joseph Lawson
Record 12 starts: 3 wins -1 second -3 thirds
Earnings £31,147
Major wins
Epsom Derby (1954)
St. Leger Stakes (1954)
Awards
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland (1962)
Timeform Top-rated horse of 1954 (137)
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The Derby Winner 1970 - Nijinsky - Greeting card published by GDS Cards (Horse Racing Classics series 1950 - 1979):
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Nijinsky (21 February 1967 – 15 April 1992), usually known in the United States as Nijinsky II, was a Canadian-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was the outstanding two-year-old in Europe in 1969 when he was unbeaten in five races. In the following season, he became the first horse for thirty-five years to win the English Triple Crown, a feat that had not been repeated as of 2020. He is regarded by many experts to have been the greatest flat racehorse in Europe during the 20th century.

He was also historically important for establishing the international reputation of his sire Northern Dancer, though Nijinsky was atypical of Northern Dancer progeny in size and conformation. Retired to stud, he became the leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland and the leading broodmare sire in North America. Winning top class races from 6-14 furlongs, Nijinsky was considered to be among the most versatile of the great horses of the 20th century.

Nijinsky was given a rating of 138 by Timeform, the second highest for a winner of the Epsom Derby up to that time. This was later scaled up to 140 by the Racing Post. He was Timeform's Horse of the Year for 1970. Nijinsky was also voted British Horse of the Year by the Racecourse Association, gaining 38 of the 40 votes. In 2018 Nijinsky was rated the greatest ever Epsom Derby winner by a panel of experts assembled by the Daily Telegraph. In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Nijinsky as a "great" Derby winner and the best Irish racehorse of the 20th Century.

Nijinsky sired 155 Stakes/Group winners ranging over the full range of distances at which he excelled as a racehorse, and is the only sire to have a winner of the Kentucky and Epsom Derbies in the same year.

Owner Charles W. Engelhard, Jr.
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 13 starts: 11 wins –2 seconds – 0 thirds
Earnings $677,177
Major wins
Railway Stakes (1969)
Anglesey Stakes (1969)
Beresford Stakes (1969)
Dewhurst Stakes (1969)
Gladness Stakes (1970)
2,000 Guineas (1970)
Epsom Derby (1970)
Irish Derby (1970)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1970)
St. Leger Stakes (1970)
Awards
15th UK Triple Crown Champion (1970)
Timeform Horse of the Year (1970)
British Horse of the Year (1970)
Leading sire in GB & Ireland (1986)
North American leading broodmare sire (1993 & 1994)
Honours
1970 Motion Picture – A Horse Called Nijinsky
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1976)
Sun newspaper – Horse of the Millennium
Nijinsky Stakes (Canada)
Nijinsky Stakes (Ireland)
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The Derby Winner 1975 - Grundy - Greeting card published by GDS Cards (Horse Racing Classics series 1950 - 1979):
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Grundy (1972–1992) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. In a racing career which lasted from July 1974 until August 1975 he ran eleven times and won eight races. He was the leading British two-year-old of 1974 when his wins included the Champagne Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. In 1975 he was narrowly beaten in the 2000 Guineas but went on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Epsom and Irish derbies. He is best remembered however, for his win over Bustino in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, which has been described as Britain's "Race of the Century". He was retired to stud at the end of 1975 and had some success as a sire of winners. He was exported to Japan where he died in 1992.

In 1975, Grundy was Timeform's highest rated horse with a rating of 137. Grundy's 1975 rating was the sixth highest rating given to any British three-year-old colt up to that time, behind Tudor Minstrel, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Pappa Fourway and Abernant.

Grundy's earnings of £326,421 broke the record for a horse trained in Britain or Ireland which had previously been held by Mill Reef. The record was broken by The Minstrel in 1977.

In 1975, Grundy was voted British Horse of the Year by the Racegoers' Club, receiving 38 of the 40 votes.

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Grundy a "great" Derby winner and the twenty-fifth best British or Irish racehorse of the 20th century.

Owner Carlo Vittadini
Trainer Peter Walwyn
Record 11 starts: 8 wins -2 seconds - 0 thirds
Earnings £326,421
Major wins
Sirenia Stakes (1974)
Champagne Stakes (1974)
Dewhurst Stakes (1974)
Irish Derby (1975)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (1975)
Epsom Derby (1975)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1975)
Awards
British Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1974, Free Handicap)
Timeform Top-rated two-year-old (1974)
Timeform Top-rated Horse (1975)
Timeform Horse of the Year (1975)
British Horse of the Year (1975)
Timeform rating: 137
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Grundy was ridden in all his races by the Irish jockey Pat Eddery.

Pat Eddery, born in 1952, was an English jockey who rode the winners of 4633 British flat races, a figure bettered only by Sir Gordon Richards. He was the Champion Jockey 11 times, a record he shares with Lester Piggott. He rode the winners of 3 Epsom (English) Derby winners, Grundy 1975, Golden Fleece 1982 & Quest For Fame 1990.
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The Derby Winner 1981 - Shergar - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ 427 (3) 4.17 issued 6th April 2017:
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Shergar (3 March 1978 – c. February 1983) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. After a very successful season in 1981 he was retired to the Ballymany Stud in County Kildare, Ireland. In 1983 he was stolen from the stud, and a ransom of £2 million was demanded; it was not paid, and negotiations were soon broken off by the thieves.

In June 1981 he won the 202nd Epsom Derby by ten lengths—the longest winning margin in the race's history. Three weeks later he won the Irish Sweeps Derby by four lengths; a month after that he won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by four lengths. After Shergar's Epsom Derby win, the Aga Khan sold 40 shares in the horse, valuing it at £10 million.

Owner HH Aga Khan IV
Trainer Michael Stoute
Record 8: 6–1–0
Major wins
Guardian Classic Trial (1981)
Chester Vase (1981)
Epsom Derby (1981)
Irish Derby (1981)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981)
Awards
Timeform rating: 140
Honours
Shergar Cup on Ascot Racecourse
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The Derby 1988 - Minster Son (unplaced) - By unknown card producer
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Minster Son - Signed by his jockey & breeder, Willie Carson
Minster Son (1985 – 30 August 2006), was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career which lasted from late summer 1987 until September 1988, he ran eight times and won five races. He recorded his most important success when winning the Classic St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old in 1988, ridden by his breeder, Willie Carson. In the same year in which he also won the Newmarket Stakes, the Predominate Stakes and the Gordon Stakes. He was retired to stud following his St Leger victory.

At Epsom on 1 June, Minster Son started the 6/1 third favourite for the Derby behind Red Glow and Unfuwain. Carson chose to ride the horse he had bred in preference to the more fancied Unfuwain and the 2000 Guineas runner-up Charmer. Minster Son was never in contention for the lead and finished eighth of the fourteen runners behind Kahyasi. It was to be his only defeat of the season.

After Minster Son's win in the Gordon Stakes, Hern underwent heat surgery, and the colt's training was taken over by his assistant Neil Graham. At Doncaster Racecourse on 10 September, Minster Son started third favourite for the St Leger behind the filly Diminuendo who had won The Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks. Carson kept his horse towards the front of the field before sending him into the lead three furlongs from the finish, and Diminuendo emerged as his only serious challenger. Minster Son "stayed on gamely" to beat the filly by a length. Willie Carson became the first man to win a Classic on a horse he had bred himself.

He is probably the only horse ridden by his breeder in any classic race in the 20th Century. More on Willie Carson later. :)

Breeder Willie Carson
Owner Lady Beaverbrook
Trainers Dick Hern & Neil Graham
Record 8 starts: 5 wins - 1 seconds - 0 thirds
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Newmarket Stakes (1988)
Predominate Stakes (1988)
Gordon Stakes (1988)
St. Leger Stakes (1988)
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The Oaks Winner 1937 - Exhibitionnist - "Postcard" produced by Nostalgia Cards 1990.
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Exhibitionnist being lead back after winning 1937 Oaks with owner Victor Sasson
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Exhibitionnist (foaled 1934) was a French-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare, best known for winning two Classics in 1937. The filly won three times from six races in a racing career which lasted from 1936 until July 1937. After winning as a two-year-old she finished second on her three-year-old debut to Mid-day Sun, a colt who went on to win The Derby. Exhibitionnist then won the 1000 Guineas over one mile at Newmarket and at Epsom Oaks over one and a half miles at Epsom Downs Racecourse a month later.

Although her name was sometimes "corrected" in the press, it was officially spelled with a double n, because of a mistake by a French clerk when her name was being registered.

Owner Victor Sassoon
Trainer Joseph Lawson
Record 6 starts: 3 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds
Prizemoney Not recorded
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1000 Guineas (1937)
Epsom Oaks (1937)
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The Derby Winner 1964 - Santa Claus - Australia Post Maximum Card issued 24th January 2007:
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Champion Australian jockey Scobie Breasley aboard Christmas Tree after winning The Derby in 1964.
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Santa Claus (1961–1970) was a British-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He is most notable for his achievements as a three-year-old in 1964 when he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the Irish Derby. His performances earned him the title of British Horse of the Year.

In 1964, Santa Claus won the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He started as even-money favourite and won by three lengths. At Epsom, he started favourite at odds of 15/8 for the Derby, in which he was ridden by the fifty-year-old Australian jockey Scobie Breasley. Santa Claus was reported to have arrived at the course under tight security as there were fears of a plot to interfere with the heavily backed colt to prevent him from winning. A crowd estimated at over 200,000, including the Queen and other members of the British royal family, was in attendance to view the most valuable race ever run in Britain. Breasley held the colt up in the early stages before producing him with a run down the centre of the course in the straight. Santa Claus took the lead inside the final furlong and won by a length from the future St Leger winner Indiana. After the race, Breasley called the colt "a dream to ride, a beaut."

A month later, Santa Claus started 4/7 favourite for the Irish Derby at the Curragh and won by four lengths from Lionhearted. At Ascot, he was the shortest-priced favourite in the history of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, starting at odds of 2/13 against three opponents. In one of British racing's biggest upsets he failed to catch the front-running French colt Nasram and was beaten two lengths, having been unsuited by the unusually firm ground.

More firm ground in the autumn led to Santa Claus missing the St Leger and going straight for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October. He finished second of the twenty-two runners, beaten three quarters of a length by the outsider Prince Royal.

Santa Claus was named British Horse of the Year by the Bloodstock Breeders' Review, gaining 10 of the 20 votes. His highest Timeform rating was 133+ Santa Claus's second place in the Arc took his total earnings to £153,646, enabling him to overtake Ballymoss as the biggest prize-money winner in the history of British and Irish racing. He held the record until his total was surpassed by Ribocco in 1967.

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Santa Claus as an “average” Derby winner and the fifteenth-best Irish racehorse of the 20th century.

Owner John Ismay
Trainer Mick Rogers
Record 7 starts: 4 wins -2 seconds - 0 thirds
Earnings £153,646
Major wins
National Stakes (1963)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (1964)
Epsom Derby (1964)
Irish Derby (1964)
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Arthur Edward "Scobie" Breasley (7 May 1914 – 21 December 2006) was an Australian jockey. He won the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne five times: 1942-45 consecutively on Tranquil Star, Skipton, Counsel and St Fairy; then on Peshawar in 1952. He also won The Derby twice, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe once.

Breasley was born in 1914 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and was christened Arthur Edward, but while still very young was given the nickname "Scobie", after the famous Australian trainer and jockey James Scobie.

During his career, Breasley rode 3,251 winners including over 1,000 in Australia and 2,161 in Britain. He rode over 100 winners in Great Britain every year from 1955 to 1964, and was Champion Jockey in 1957 and continuously from 1961-63. He won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the only time on Ballymoss in 1958, and the Derby for the first time at the age of 50 on Santa Claus in 1964, then again on Charlottown in 1966.
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In 2007 Australia Post honoured Scobie with his inclusion in a set of stamps for "Australian Racing Living Legends". Unfortunately Scobie passed away about a month before the stamps were released.
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Scobie Breasley (left) at age 90 with Edgar Britt (right) at age 91 (who rode over 750 winners in England),
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Epsom Post Office, like Doncaster, had "Racing Slogans" but like Doncaster, they lasted only a few months in 1965.

They were produced "Racing Slogans"for just 4 of Epsom's race meetings/carnivals in that year:

Epsom Races Spring Meeting April 20 - 22
Epsom Races Derby Week June 1 - 4
Epsom Races July Meeting July 31st
Epsom Races August Meeting Aug 30 - 31
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Epsom Races Spring Meeting April 20 - 22
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Epsom to Bow, London - 6th April 1965 (fdu)
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Epsom to Chippenham, Wiltshire - 8th April 1965
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Epsom Races Derby Week June 1 - 4:
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Epsom to Barbour, Worcester - 31st May 1965 (ldu)
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Epsom Races Derby Week June 1 - 4

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Epsom to Ilford Essex - date unknown
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PPP 541t Type 324 used from 18th to 31st May 1965.
Unless another date stamp appears on the cover we cannot know the exact date that these triangle postmarks were used.
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Epsom Races July Meeting July 31st:
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Epsom to Greenook, Renfrewshire - 17th July 1965 (fdu)
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PPP 568t Type 348 used from 17th to 30th July 1965.
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Epsom Races July Meeting July 31st:
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Epsom to Chippenham, Wiltshire - 17th July 1965 (fdu)
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PPP 568t Type 348 used from 17th to 30th July 1965.
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Epsom Races July Meeting July 31st:
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Epsom to Mitre Squire, London - 30th July 1965 (ldu)
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PPP 568t Type 348 used from 17th to 30th July 1965.
Kealey & Tonge Ltd were Grocers & Tea Merchants, part of the B.A.T. group now known as British American Tobacco, making this cover one of genuine postal usage.
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Epsom Races July Meeting July 31st:
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Epsom to Felixstowe Suffolk - date unknown
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PPP 568t Type 348 used from 17th to 30th July 1965.

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Epsom to Ilford Essex - date unknown
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PPP 568t Type 348 used from 17th to 30th July 1965.
As stated before, unless another date stamp appears on the cover we cannot know the exact date that these triangle postmarks were used.
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Epsom Races August Meeting Aug 30 - 31:
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Epsom to St.Albans, Hertfordshire - 16th August 1965 (fdu)
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PPP 575t Type 354 used from 16th August 1965.

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Epsom to Chippenham, Wiltshire - 16th August 1965 (fdu)
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PPP 575t Type 354 used from 16th August 1965.
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