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Spastic's Society horse racing fdc  the 9p Saddling Mahmood for the Derby 1936 cancelled with the Liverpool Great Britain First Day of Issue machine slogan cancel
Spastic's Society horse racing fdc the 9p Saddling Mahmood for the Derby 1936 cancelled with the Liverpool Great Britain First Day of Issue machine slogan cancel

Postmarked with the Liverpool Great Britain first day of issue dated 6th June 1979
Postmarked with the Liverpool Great Britain first day of issue dated 6th June 1979

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BigSaint wrote:
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I presume Arlington had PO permission to reproduce the stamp design in its entirety.

What I don't understand is why they didn't get the design printed on to the envelope directly; these and some other 'stick-ons' have a habit of falling off after several decades and I frequently see covers offered on eBay with a colour patch where the cachet has obviously fallen off. No mention of this shortcoming by the seller of course!
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Cotswold fdc for 1979 Horse Racing stamp postmarked Liverpool.
Cotswold fdc for 1979 Horse Racing stamp postmarked Liverpool.


PS Thanks for your comment re Arlington & the stick on Quadrocolorplus fdc. I don't understand either. :)
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Whilst in the midst of the Aintree Grand National, I would like to add here some English racehorses & winners of National Hunt races who have featured on the stamps of Sierra Leone - "The World's Greatest Racehorses".

Desert Orchid:

Sierra Leone 2001 stamp - Desert Orchid Miniature Sheet issued 27th February 2001
Sierra Leone 2001 stamp - Desert Orchid Miniature Sheet issued 27th February 2001

Sierra Leone 2001 stamp - Desert Orchid Miniature Sheet fdc issued 27th February 2001
Sierra Leone 2001 stamp - Desert Orchid Miniature Sheet fdc issued 27th February 2001

Desert Orchid (11 April 1979 – 13 November 2006, known as Dessie, was an English racehorse. The grey achieved a revered and esteemed status within National Hunt racing, where he was much loved by supporters for his front-running attacking style, iron will and extreme versatility. He was rated the fifth best National Hunt horse of all time by Timeform.

During his retirement, he raised thousands of pounds for charity, and his presence at charity events attracted large crowds. His fan club was run by part owner Midge Burridge and family friend John Hippesley. In the 17 years that the fan club ran, they raised over £40,000 for charity through sales of Desert Orchid merchandise, especially his racing calendar.

Owner James Burridge, Midge Burridge, Richard Burridge, Simon Bullimore
Trainer David Elsworth at Whitsbury Manor Racing Stables, Fordingbridge, Wiltshire
Record 70: 34-11-8
Earnings £654,066
Major wins
Tolworth Hurdle (1984)
Kingwell Hurdle (1984)
Hurst Park Novices' Chase (1985)
King George VI Chase (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990)
Gainsborough Chase (1987, 1989, 1991)
Martell Cup (1988)
Whitbread Gold Cup (1988)
Tingle Creek Chase (1988)
Victor Chandler Chase (1989)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1989)
Racing Post Chase (1990)
Irish Grand National (1990)
Awards
Timeform rating: 187
Honours
The Desert Orchid Chase at Wincanton
Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse
Statue, ashes, headstone - Kempton Park Racecourse
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Troytown:

Sierra Leone stamp 2001 - Troytown stamp issued 27th February 2001.
Sierra Leone stamp 2001 - Troytown stamp issued 27th February 2001.

Troytown (1913-1920) was a racehorse regarded as one of the greatest early 20th century National Hunt performers. His career was cut short by a fatal fall in the 1920 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. When he won the 1920 Grand National, he almost carted his amateur jockey Jack Anthony round the track and survived two mistakes. Before that, he had won once in his native Ireland, taken the Champion Chase at Aintree in 1919 and made every yard to win the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris that season. Troytown was ridden by Anthony Escott when he won the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris in 1919.

Major wins
Aintree Champion Chase (1919)
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris (1919)
Grand National (1920)

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Golden Miller:

Sierra Leone stamp 2001 - Golden Miller stamp issued 27th February 2001
Sierra Leone stamp 2001 - Golden Miller stamp issued 27th February 2001

Golden Miller (1927–1957) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who is the most successful Cheltenham Gold Cup horse ever, winning the race in five consecutive years between 1932 and 1936. He also is the only horse to win both of the United Kingdom's premier steeplechase races - the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National - in the same year (1934).

In 1931, Golden Miller made his steeplechasing debut at Newbury Racecourse where he finished first, only to be disqualified for carrying incorrect weight. On 30 December, he won the Reading Chase before winning the Sefton Steeplechase on 20 January 1932.

In 1933, as a six-year-old and winner of two Cheltenham Gold Cups, he started as the 9/1 favourite in the Grand National but fell at the Canal Turn.

In the 1934 Grand National win, he set a new course record of 9 min 20.4s for Aintree. This victory was the middle of five consecutive Gold Cup victories, a Gold Cup record.

He retired in 1939 with a record of 29 wins from 52 races.


Breeder Laurence Geraghty
Owner Philip W. Carr
Dorothy Paget (1931)
Trainer Basil Briscoe
Owen Anthony
Record 52: 29-7-6
Major wins
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936)
Grand National (1934)

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GB fdc KGVI & QE Coronation stamp postmarked 13th May 1937 & signed by Dick Francis.
GB fdc KGVI & QE Coronation stamp postmarked 13th May 1937 & signed by Dick Francis.

Dick (Richard Stanley) Francis CBE FRSL (31 October 1920 – 14 February 2010) was a British crime writer, and former steeplechase jockey, whose wrote novels on horse racing in England.

After wartime service in the RAF, Francis became a full-time jump-jockey, winning over 350 races and becoming champion jockey of the British National Hunt. He came to further prominence in 1956 as jockey to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, riding her horse Devon Loch which fell when close to winning the Grand National. Francis retired from the turf and became a journalist and novelist.

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Hand drawn cover for the Running of the 1964 Grand National, addressed to Leeds Yorksire.<br /><br />Guess we will never know who made this cachet nor when they made it, possibly the addressee in 1964.
Hand drawn cover for the Running of the 1964 Grand National, addressed to Leeds Yorksire.

Guess we will never know who made this cachet nor when they made it, possibly the addressee in 1964.

Postmarked London W.1. D 21st March 1964, the day the 1964 Grand National was run.
Postmarked London W.1. D 21st March 1964, the day the 1964 Grand National was run.

The 1964 Grand National was the 118th renewal of the Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 21 March 1964. Thirty-three horses ran and the race was won narrowly by American-owned 12-year-old Team Spirit, at odds of 18/1. He was ridden by jockey Willie Robinson and trained by Fulke Walwyn. Thirty- three horses started in the race but only 15 finished.

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The 1981 Aintree Grand National was known for the return of the broken down horse, "Aldaniti" & the chronically ill jockey "Bob Champion".

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust &quot;Ride For Life&quot; fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust "Ride For Life" fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.

Insert card for &quot;The Bob Champion Cancer Trust&quot;.
Insert card for "The Bob Champion Cancer Trust".

Aldaniti (25 June 1970 - 28 March 1997) was a racehorse who won the Grand National on 4 April 1981. His jockey on that day, Bob Champion, had recovered from cancer, while Aldaniti had recovered after suffering a career-threatening injury. The horse was trained by Josh Gifford.

Aldaniti starred as himself in the 1983 film Champions alongside John Hurt. His Grand National win was voted 62nd of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in a Channel 4 opinion poll.

Aldaniti was a chestnut gelding bred in the UK by Harrowgate Stud. His name was derived from the first two letters of each of names of his breeder Tommy Barron's four grandchildren: Alastair, David, Nicola, Timothy. During his racing career he was owned by Nick Embiricos at Findon, West Sussex, & trained by Josh Gifford.

Aldaniti was retired from racing in 1982 and spent the remainder of his life at his owner's farm in Sussex. He died of old age in March 1997.

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Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National &amp; signed by Bob Champion
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National & signed by Bob Champion

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust &quot;Ride For Life&quot; fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust "Ride For Life" fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.

Genuine Benham signed cover certificate on the reverse.
Genuine Benham signed cover certificate on the reverse.

Robert (Bob) Champion MBE (born 4 June 1948) is an English former jump jockey who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti. His triumph, while recovering from cancer, was made into a film Champions, with John Hurt portraying Champion. The film is based on Champion's book Champion's Story, which he wrote with close friend and racing journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Powell.

Champion was born in Sussex, but very soon after his birth the family moved to Guisborough in the North Riding of Yorkshire. At the height of his career as a jockey, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July 1979. He was treated with an orchidectomy and with the chemotherapeutic drugs bleomycin, vinblastine and cisplatin, and also had an exploratory operation to identify cancer in his lymph nodes. His victory on Aldaniti was viewed by many as a great triumph, following his previous adversity. Their victory earned them that year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award and was chosen as one of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments by Channel 4 viewers in 2002.

Other major races that Champion won during his career include the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and the Whitbread Trial Chase. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours.[2] In 1983 he formed the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, which has raised millions of pounds for cancer research. He retired from training horses in 1999.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1981 when he was surprised, on his wedding day, by Eamonn Andrews.

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Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National &amp; signed by John Hurt.
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Aldaniti with Bob Champion after winning the 1981 Aintree Grand National & signed by John Hurt.

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust &quot;Ride For Life&quot; fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust "Ride For Life" fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.

No genuine Benham signed cover certificate on the reverse of this cover.
No genuine Benham signed cover certificate on the reverse of this cover.

Insert with the biography of John Hurt who played Bob Champion in the movie Champions.
Insert with the biography of John Hurt who played Bob Champion in the movie Champions.


Sir John Vincent Hurt CBE (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned more than 50 years.

Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt's performance in the prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of astronaut Kane, in the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), yielded a scene where an alien creature burst out of his chest. It has been named by several publications as one of the most memorable moments in cinema history. Another significant role during the 1980s was Bob Champion in biopic Champions (1984).


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Unknown stick on Cachet of St.George slaying a dragon perhaps symbolic of Bob Champion defeating cancer.
Unknown stick on Cachet of St.George slaying a dragon perhaps symbolic of Bob Champion defeating cancer.

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust &quot;Ride For Life&quot; fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust "Ride For Life" fund raiser pictorial postmark Edinburgh dated 13th July 1996.

I met Bob Champion at an AJRA annual dinner in Melbourne where he was the guest of honour. He was kind enough to sign this cover for me. :D
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30th Anniversary of the Victory of Corbiere in the 1983 Grand National at Aintree:


30th Anniversary of the Victory of Corbiere in the 1983 Grand National at Aintree set of 4 stamps postmarked Jersey 11th April 2013.
30th Anniversary of the Victory of Corbiere in the 1983 Grand National at Aintree set of 4 stamps postmarked Jersey 11th April 2013.

30th Anniversary of the Victory of Corbiere in the 1983 Grand National at Aintree Miniature Sheet postmarked Jersey 11th April 2013.
30th Anniversary of the Victory of Corbiere in the 1983 Grand National at Aintree Miniature Sheet postmarked Jersey 11th April 2013.


The 1983 Grand National (Known as the 1983 Sun Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 137th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 9 April 1983.

The race was won by Corbiere, the first Grand National winner to have been trained by a female trainer in Jenny Pitman. His jockey was Ben de Haan. Corbiere had narrowly won the Welsh National in December. A further win at Doncaster & another decent performance when finishing second at the Cheltenham Festival gave justification to his 13/1 starting price.

The favourite of the 41-strong field (of which only 10 finished) was the 1982 winner Grittar, at odds of 7/1. Going over Valentine's, the 23rd fence, Corbiere held a four-length advantage over his nearest challenger, Greasepaint. He had been positioned always in the first 3 from the start of the race. At the finishing post, Corbiere pipped Greasepaint for victory by three-quarters-of-a-length. Yer Man was third.

Corbiere went on to finish third in the next two Grand Nationals, he fell in his fourth consecutive National and finished 12th in his fifth and final entry in 1987.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Grand_National

Jenny Pitman, referred to above, is the ex-wife of jumps jockey Richard Pitman. Richard is "infamous" for his loss on Australian champion jumper Crisp to Red Rum in the 1973 Grand National.
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The 1986 Aintree Grand National:

Souvenir (Window Cachet) cover by Pilgrim Philatelic Ltd for the 1986 Aintree Grand National won by West Tip
Souvenir (Window Cachet) cover by Pilgrim Philatelic Ltd for the 1986 Aintree Grand National won by West Tip

Postmarked at the Liverpool Philatelic Counter on 5th April 1986 the day of the race
Postmarked at the Liverpool Philatelic Counter on 5th April 1986 the day of the race

Why use a deformed double printed address label worth a few cents on an expensively produced cover?
Why use a deformed double printed address label worth a few cents on an expensively produced cover?

Insert with picture &amp; history of the Grand National
Insert with picture & history of the Grand National

The 1986 Grand National (known as the Seagram Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 140th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 5 April 1986.

The race was won by nine-year-old 15/2 second favourite West Tip, ridden by jockey Richard Dunwoody, in a time of 9 minutes, 33 seconds for a prize of £57,254. The winner was owned by Mr Peter Luff and trained in Droitwich, Worcestershire by Michael Oliver. West Tip had come of second best in an argument with a truck in 1985.

One hundred and nine horses were entered the 1986 Grand National of which fifty six stood their ground and declared to run. For health and safety reasons only a maximum field of forty could take part so the sixteen entrants given the lowest handicap mark by handicapper, Captain Christopher Mordaunt were balloted out. These included former competitors, King Spruce, Onapromise and Colonel Christy. Seventeen horses finished the race

The previous year's runner up, Mr Snugfit was installed as the 13/2 favourite despite having been injured for a time during the season and having run unimpressively in his last four starts. Richard Rowe's race ended early when Door Latch exited at the first fence while Corbiere fell at the fourth. Last Suspect was always well to the rear before being pulled up at the eighteenth fence but both West Tip and Mr Snugfit were well in contention in a leading group of eight crossing the Melling Road towards the second last fence. West Tip had cruised up into second place at that point behind the 66/1 outsider, Young Driver. West Tip moved beside Young Driver after jumping the final fence and always looked comfortable on the run in despite only defeating the outsider by two lengths.

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The 1987 Aintree Grand National:

Covercraft Souvenir cover for 60 years of BBC Radio Commentary (1927 - 1987) of the Aintree Grand National
Covercraft Souvenir cover for 60 years of BBC Radio Commentary (1927 - 1987) of the Aintree Grand National

1927 Grand National winner &quot;Sprig&quot; with jockey T E Leader.
1927 Grand National winner "Sprig" with jockey T E Leader.

60 Years of BBC Radio Commentary of the Aintree Grand National Liverpool - 4 April 1987 - pictorial commemorative postmark.
60 Years of BBC Radio Commentary of the Aintree Grand National Liverpool - 4 April 1987 - pictorial commemorative postmark.

CoverCraft, a US cachetmaker.
CoverCraft, a US cachetmaker.

Insert - Sixty Years of National Glory - BBC &amp; Radio Times.
Insert - Sixty Years of National Glory - BBC & Radio Times.


The 1987 Grand National (known as the Seagram Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 141st running of the Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 4 April 1987.

The race was won in a time of 9 minutes, 19.3 seconds, and by a distance of five lengths by the 28/1 each way chance, Maori Venture who provided jockey Steve Knight with his second Grand National ride. The winner was trained in East Hendred, Oxfordshire by Andy Turnell and ran in the black jacket and scarlet cap of his 92 year old owner, Jim Joel who collected a £64,000 prize.

Eighty nine horses had entered the race with forty-three declared to run, but the maximum starter rule meant that three of the horses from outside the handicap, Doubleuagain, Hill of Slain and Leney Duel were balloted out of the race. That left last year's winner, West Tip as the top weighted competitor of the eleven given a handicap mark, though the actual to weight of 12 stones was given to the American and Czech entries, Bewley's Hill and Valencio as they had not raced enough in the UK or Ireland to warrant a rating. Corbiere was the veteran of the field but the 1983 winner was in as good forma fettle as for any of his four previous attempts at the race having finished fourth in the Welsh National four months earlier. Ben De Haan was partnering him for the fourth time for trainer, Jenny Pitman and was backed to 12/1. Twenty-two horses finished the race.

Lean Ar Aghaidh led the race almost throughout to that point. After jumping the final fence he was challenged from either side by Maori Venture and The Tsarevich while West Tip's challenge faded. The Tsarevich briefly looked the more likely but never headed Maori venture who gradually opened up a winning lead, The Tsarevich was second, Lean Ar Aghaidh third and West Tip fourth.

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The 1988 Aintree Grand National:

Souvenir (Window Cachet) cover by Pilgrim Philatelics Ltd for the 1988 Aintree Grand National won by Rhyme'N'Reason
Souvenir (Window Cachet) cover by Pilgrim Philatelics Ltd for the 1988 Aintree Grand National won by Rhyme'N'Reason

Postmarked &quot;Aintree Celebrations - Aintree Liverpool&quot; 9th April 1988, the day of the race.
Postmarked "Aintree Celebrations - Aintree Liverpool" 9th April 1988, the day of the race.

This year the image of the race is not affixed to a card &amp; used as an insert. Instead it is taped to the inside of the cover.
This year the image of the race is not affixed to a card & used as an insert. Instead it is taped to the inside of the cover.

The 1988 Grand National (known as the Seagram Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 142nd renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree near Liverpool, England, on 9 April 1988.

The race was won by Rhyme 'n' Reason, in a time of nine minutes and 53.5 seconds and by a distance of four lengths. Durham Edition was second, and Monamore third. West Tip finished fourth. 17/2 favourite Sacred Path fell at the first fence. Nine of the 40 runners finished the race.

Rhyme 'n Reason was a former Irish Grand National winner who had gone through a two-season barren spell before emerging as the form horse going into the Grand National. Wins in the Anthony Mildmay, Peter Cazalet Memorial Chase at Sandown and the Racing Post Chase in January were followed by an appearance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was still in contention but under pressure when falling four fences from home. Few of his potential backers were put off by that and he was sent off at 10/1 with Brendan Powell in the saddle. Their race looked certain to come to an end when the horse all but fell at Becher's Brook and was left in last place by the time horse and rider had recovered to continue. Powell settled his mount back into the field and moved forward to challenge going to Becher's second time round, emerging from the fence in second place. They were left in front five fences from home and remained there until being passed by Durham Edition at the penultimate fence, at which stage they looked beaten. Rhyme 'N Reason rallied after the final flight and overhauled the leader to win. The 1988 National was his first, and was also to be his last, picking up a fractured hock while jumping Becher's Brook on the second circuit. The gelding was retired from racing after his victory and spent the remainder of his life at Woodhaven stud in Hampshire.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_Grand_National

A mighty effort by the winner.

PS I wonder if Pilgim Philatelics did a cover for the 1987 race or any other years as I am yet to see them.
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CoverCraft Souvenir cover for the Running of the 1988 Aintree Grand National &amp; signed by champion jockey Lester Piggott
CoverCraft Souvenir cover for the Running of the 1988 Aintree Grand National & signed by champion jockey Lester Piggott

Postmarked &quot;Aintree Celebrations - Aintree Liverpool&quot; 9th April 1988, the day of the race.
Postmarked "Aintree Celebrations - Aintree Liverpool" 9th April 1988, the day of the race.

Cachet showing the first winner in 1839 &quot;Lottery&quot; &amp; the tough jump at Bechers Brook in 1983.
Cachet showing the first winner in 1839 "Lottery" & the tough jump at Bechers Brook in 1983.

The reverse of the cover with details of the cahcet &amp; the cachetmaker.
The reverse of the cover with details of the cahcet & the cachetmaker.

Insert with some history of the race.
Insert with some history of the race.

Not sure why Lester Piggott was asked to sign this jumps race cover as he was a champion jockey on the flat. :)
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CoverCraft Souvenir cover for the Running of the 1988 Aintree Grand National with added stamp &amp; postmarks for the 150th Running of the Grand National - 5th April 1997 &amp; 7th April 1997.
CoverCraft Souvenir cover for the Running of the 1988 Aintree Grand National with added stamp & postmarks for the 150th Running of the Grand National - 5th April 1997 & 7th April 1997.

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The 1997 Aintree Grand National:

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1997 Aintree Grand National run on 7th April 1997
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1997 Aintree Grand National run on 7th April 1997

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Lord Gyllene with jockey Tony Dobbin in the 1997 Aintree Grand National
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Lord Gyllene with jockey Tony Dobbin in the 1997 Aintree Grand National

Postmarked with the special postmark for the 150th Running of the Greatest Steeplechase Aintree Liverpool 5th April 1997.<br /><br />Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.
Postmarked with the special postmark for the 150th Running of the Greatest Steeplechase Aintree Liverpool 5th April 1997.

Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.

The 1997 Grand National (known officially as the Martell Grand National and also informally as the Monday National) was the 150th official running of the Grand National steeplechase held at Aintree near Liverpool, Merseyside. The race was scheduled to be run on Saturday 5 April 1997, but was postponed by two days to Monday 7 April after a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb threat forced the evacuation of the course, which explains the dual postmark of the cover above.

The race was won in a time of nine minutes and 5.9 seconds and by a distance of 25 lengths by New Zealand-bred Lord Gyllene at odds of 14/1. He was ridden by jockey Tony Dobbin, trained by Steve Brookshaw at his Preston Farm base in Uffington, Shropshire, and ran in the colours of Stanley Clarke. Brookshaw collected £178,146 of a total prize fund of £303,300 shared through the first six finishers.

The race was originally scheduled to be run on Saturday 5 April at 3:45pm. However, at 2:49pm one bomb threat was made via telephone to Aintree University Hospital in Fazakerley, and three minutes later a second was made via telephone to the police's control room in Bootle, both using recognised codewords of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). At least one device was warned to have been planted within Aintree Racecourse.

The police evacuated 60,000 people from the course, stranding 20,000 racegoers, media personnel and those connected to the competing horses, as their vehicles remained locked inside the confines of the course. The people of Liverpool responded by opening their homes to racegoers stranded overnight in the city, with tens of thousands of temporarily homeless people being offered a bed for the night in the homes around the course. This prompted tabloid headlines such as "We'll fight them on the Becher's", in reference to Winston Churchill's war-time speech We shall fight on the beaches.

At 4:14pm, the police carried out two controlled explosions at the course. Fewer than 10,000 of the original crowd were expected to return for the postponed race, but over 20,000 turned out at Aintree on Monday 7 April to watch Lord Gyllene gallop to a 25-length victory. Suny Bay, who ran second, was second or third for most of the race behind Lord Gyllene. Suny Bay looked gone when he stumbled 4 fences from home but bravely battled on.

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Another example of the previous with slightly different adhesives.

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1997 Aintree Grand National run on 7th April 1997, showing Lord Gyllene with jockey Tony Dobbin in the 1997 Aintree Grand National
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1997 Aintree Grand National run on 7th April 1997, showing Lord Gyllene with jockey Tony Dobbin in the 1997 Aintree Grand National

Postmarked with the special postmark for the 150th Running of the Greatest Steeplechase Aintree Liverpool 5th April 1997.<br /><br />Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.
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Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.

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With the 1997 Aintree Grand National Benham quickly prepared for dual cancels on their covers as shown above:

Postmarked with the special postmark for the 150th Running of the Greatest Steeplechase Aintree Liverpool 5th April 1997.<br /><br />Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.
Postmarked with the special postmark for the 150th Running of the Greatest Steeplechase Aintree Liverpool 5th April 1997.

Also postmarked with Royal Mail Liverpool pictorial postmark 7th April 1997 the day of the race.

However someone added these postmarks to the previously 1988 Covercraft cover:

Postmarks for the 150th Running of the Grand National - &quot;150 race&quot; 5th April 1997 &amp; &quot;Actual Race Date&quot; 7th April 1997.
Postmarks for the 150th Running of the Grand National - "150 race" 5th April 1997 & "Actual Race Date" 7th April 1997.

Before my recent acquisition of the dual cancelled CoverCraft cover I had not seen the "Actual Race Date" postmark. Does anyone have any information on this?

I am wondering why Benham did not use this postmark on their covers? Was this postmark a later creation?
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My records only go back to January 2001 but my bet is that this is not a postmark, but a cachet made by Benham to add to their cover.

This is something they do for a lot of Royalty covers: new or appropriate modern-ish stamps are cancelled with a new handstamp, and older ones usually pre-decimal and sometimes pre-war, are 'cancelled' with a similarly designed appropriately inscribed cachet. These are often advertised on eBay as 'double-dated' covers, which they are, but they are not double-postmarked.

The Royal Mail Liverpool postmark is variable date (with rollers) and can be obtained for any date including Sundays and other days when the offices are closed. It replaced the Philatelic Counter Liverpool handstamp* and shows the Liver Building. (* These actually are handstamps, unlike the others which are applied by hand-operated machine.
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Thank you Ian. This was what I was thinking but this "Day of Race" pictorial date stamp was not on the Benham cover. It was on the Covercraft cover from 1988 which had the 1997 race postmark added to it.

All the Benham covers I have seen have the Liver Building postmark added for race day. :)
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Here’s one I found on Twitter.

The one at the foot has KGV & KGVI stamps with ‘postmark’, the others probably have similar.
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The 1998 Aintree Grand National:

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1998 Aintree Grand National run on 4th April 1998.
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1998 Aintree Grand National run on 4th April 1998.

Postmarked with the special postmark for the 1998 Aintree Grand National Liverpool  4th Aprill 1988
Postmarked with the special postmark for the 1998 Aintree Grand National Liverpool 4th Aprill 1988

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Earth Summit with jockey Carl LLewellyn in the 1998 Aintree Grand National.
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet showing Earth Summit with jockey Carl LLewellyn in the 1998 Aintree Grand National.

St.John Ambulance Charity to receive 10% of the proceeds of sale of covers
St.John Ambulance Charity to receive 10% of the proceeds of sale of covers

Insert with details of the 1998 race &amp; the St.John Ambulance Charity.
Insert with details of the 1998 race & the St.John Ambulance Charity.

The 1998 Grand National (known as the Martell Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 151st official renewal of the world-famous Grand National steeplechase that took place at Aintree near Liverpool, England, on 4 April 1998.

The race was won in a time of 10 minutes & 51.5 seconds & by a distance of 11 lengths by the 7/1 favourite Earth Summit, ridden by jockey Carl Llewellyn. The winner was trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies at Grange Hill Farm in Naunton, Gloucestershire, & ran in the colours of the six-member Summit Partnership, which included Aintree press officer Nigel Payne & former Hereford United footballer Ricky George. Suny Bay, who had run second in 1997, was second again. Thirty-seven runners took part & six completed the course without mishap.

The main race was seen by the smallest Grand National attendance at Aintree since 1985, with a crowd of just 46,679, over 11,000 less than two years prior. It came a year after the 1997 Grand National had to be postponed due to a bomb threat.

Earth Summit was made the 7/1 favourite, backed down from 10/1 on the morning of the race, after heavy rain on raceday made the ground officially soft, suiting this long-distance mudlark who had won the Welsh National at Chepstow in December, having previously won the Scottish National in 1994. The favourite moved up to dispute the lead five fences from home and was involved in a straight match with Suny Bay from the third-last before kicking ahead just before the final flight to win a gruelling race by 11 lengths.

Suny Bay was a grey that had finished second in the previous year's National. Since then he had won both the Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase & Hennessy Gold Cup at Haydock and Newbury respectively in November before running unplaced in the King George VI Chase & Cheltenham Gold Cup. Despite being allocated the 12 stone top handicap weight for the National he was still backed down to 11/1. The grey was unable to respond when his rival quickened into the final flight and was unable to get back on terms before being eased up in the final hundred yards to finish 11 lengths down in second.

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The 1998 Aintree Grand National:

Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1998 Aintree Grand National run on 4th April 1998 &amp; signed by winning jockey Carl Llewellyn.
Benham of Folkestone Kent silk cachet for the 1998 Aintree Grand National run on 4th April 1998 & signed by winning jockey Carl Llewellyn.

Signature of Carl Llewellyn.
Signature of Carl Llewellyn.

Certified a genuine signed Benham cover
Certified a genuine signed Benham cover

Insert with a quick bio of jockey Carl Llewellyn.
Insert with a quick bio of jockey Carl Llewellyn.

Carl Llewellyn (born 29 July 1965) is an assistant racehorse trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies & a retired Welsh professional National Hunt jockey. Llewellyn won the Grand National on two occasions along with the Welsh Grand National and Scottish Grand National as a jockey. He has also won the Whitbread / Bet365 Gold Cup both as a jockey and as a trainer.

Llewellyn began his riding career with his father Eryl, a farmer, riding in point to points and moved on to ride under National Hunt rules. His first big race victory was the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup at the 1988 Cheltenham Festival meeting on Smart Tar & on 12 March 1992 Llewellyn again had a winner at the Cheltenham Festival on Tipping Tim in the Ritz Club National Hunt Handicap Chase & later going on to win the 1992 Grand National on Party Politics. He was the main jockey for Nigel Twiston-Davies throughout his career.

In August 2005 Llewellyn became assistant trainer and jockey to Mark Pitman, the son of Richard Pitman and Jenny Pitman, at Weathercock House, Lambourn. Llewellyn took over as the head trainer from Pitman after the 2006 Grand National in April of that year. Later that month he rode and trained Run For Paddy to win the Scottish Grand National.Llewellyn trained 79 winners in three years at Weathercock House but was sacked. The following day he again joined Nigel Twiston-Davies as a business partner.

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Whitbread Gold Cup
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2017 - The 30th Anniversary of Red Rum's 3rd victory in the Aintree Grand National:

Buckingham of Folkestone Kent, souvenir cover for Racing Legend 'Red Rum', 3 time winner.
Buckingham of Folkestone Kent, souvenir cover for Racing Legend 'Red Rum', 3 time winner.

Aintree Liverpool with 'Red Rum&quot; pictorial postmark dated 6th April, 2017.
Aintree Liverpool with 'Red Rum" pictorial postmark dated 6th April, 2017.

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Buckingham of Folkestone Kent, souvenir cover for Racing Legend 'Red Rum' postmarked Aintree Liverpool with pictorial 'Red Rum" postmark 6th April 2017, the date of the 2017 Grand National.

Red Rum (3 May 1965 – 18 October 1995) was a champion Thoroughbred steeplechaser. He achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976. The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race that has been described as "the ultimate test of a horse’s courage".

At the 1973 Grand National, Red Rum beat the Australian chaser Crisp, which was carrying 23 pounds more, in a new record time of nine minutes, 1.9 seconds. Crisp led the field virtually all the way in that year's National in which he was 30 lengths clear, & at the last fence was 15 lengths clear of Red Rum, his nearest pursuer. Red Rum & jockey Brian Fletcher, however, made up the ground on the final stretch & two strides from the finishing post, pipped the tiring Crisp to win by three-quarters of a length in what is often considered one of the greatest Grand Nationals in history. Crisp's jockey Richard Pitman later stated: "I still dream about that race, of Crisp running so strongly and jumping so fearlessly, and then the sound of Red Rum's hooves as he got closer and closer at the end." He added: "I felt as though I was tied to a railway line with an express train thundering up and being unable to jump out of the way." A year later, Red Rum retained his title at the 1974 National, carrying 12 stone. (He followed that with victory in the Scottish Grand National, and remains the only horse to win both in the same season.)

Red Rum came second in 1975 and 1976; Tommy Stack replaced Fletcher as jockey in the last race after Fletcher angered trainer Ginger McCain by telling the press the horse no longer felt right after a defeat in a race away from Aintree. Again, Red Rum saved his best for Aintree but was held off by Rag Trade. The following year, Stack rode the 12-year-old Red Rum to his record third Grand National triumph, in what is regarded as one of the greatest moments in horse racing history
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Record 100: 24-15-23
Earnings £146,409.80
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Scottish National (1974)
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Life-size statue at Aintree Racecourse
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Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree.

Red Rum is one of three thoroughbred horses to appear on the stamps of three different stamp issuing authorities - Britain, Isle Of Man & Sierra Leone.

The other two you ask, Arkle (Britain, Ireland & Sierra Leone) & Phar Lap (Australia, New Zealand & Sierra Leone).


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And here are those three 'Red Rum' stamps:

Red Rum - Britain (2017)
Red Rum - Britain (2017)

Red Rum - Isle Of Man (2001)
Red Rum - Isle Of Man (2001)

Red Rum - Sierra Leone (2001)
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Adrian Bradbury of Leicester, UK limited Edition fdc.
Adrian Bradbury of Leicester, UK limited Edition fdc.

Aintree Liverpool with 'Red Rum&quot; pictorial postmark dated 6th April, 2017.
Aintree Liverpool with 'Red Rum" pictorial postmark dated 6th April, 2017.

Adrian Bradbury of Leicester
Adrian Bradbury of Leicester

The reverse
The reverse

Limited edition number 67 of 75.
Limited edition number 67 of 75.

An Adrian Bradbury limited edition souvenir cover for the 2017 Racehorse Legends postmarked with the Aintree LIverpool 'Red Rum' postmark dated 6th April 2017. Similarly to a Cheltenham cover, I showed earlier, it does not have the 'Red Rum' stamp of the Racehorse Legends affixed to the cover, instead it has the pair from a smiler sheet that while they are racing related, they are not related to Aintree or Red Rum.

For what Bradbury charge for their covers they could do it so the cover matches the stamp & the postmark. It may mean their covers would hold their value better if everything matched. :idea:
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Mr Bradbury made me do it:

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And here are those three Arkle stamps:

Arkle - Britain (2017)
Arkle - Britain (2017)

Arkle - Ireland (1981)
Arkle - Ireland (1981)

Arkle - Sierra Leone (2001)
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Spectre or Sceptre ?

Sceptre - Sierra Leone (2001) incorrectly printed as Spectre.
Sceptre - Sierra Leone (2001) incorrectly printed as Spectre.

A nice little typo by the Crown Agents for Sierra Leone. The horse's name is Sceptre NOT Spectre.

Sceptre (1899–1926) was a British-bred & British-trained Thoroughbred racemare whose career ran from 1901 to 1904. In 1902, she became the only racehorse to win four British Classic Races outright ( Epsom Oaks, St.Leger Stakes, 2000 Guineas & 1000 Guineas.) Formosa won the same four classics as Sceptre in 1868 but dead heated for the 2,000 Guineas.

The start of her 3yo career showed she was made of something special. She carried 6 stone 7 pounds (41.5 kilograms) Lincolnshire Handicap but was beaten by a head. She then went to Newmarket & won both the 2,000 Guineas in a then record time of 1 minute 39 seconds and two days later the 1,000 Guineas. Her next target was the Derby but she bruised a foot ten days before the race & finished fourth behind Ard Patrick after being left at the start. Two days later, she won The Oaks.

She was something of a crowd favourite even in retirement. In 1923 when her owner Lord Glanely sold her to a Brazilian breeder promising when he purchased her that she would remain in his care for the remainder of her life. However, public outcry led Glanely to cancel the sale. Sceptre lived in England until her death in February 1926.

Record 25 starts: 13 wins 5 seconds 3 thirds
Earnings £38,225
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July Stakes (1901)
2,000 Guineas (1902)
1,000 Guineas (1902)
Epsom Oaks (1902)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1902)
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Hope you enjoyed enjoyed the racing from Aintree, & we now head to London.

London British Library Horses of Britain - Horse shoe &amp; whips postmark 5th July 1978 to Harrogate
London British Library Horses of Britain - Horse shoe & whips postmark 5th July 1978 to Harrogate

Shire Horse
Shire Horse

London British Library Horses of Britain Horse shoe &amp; whips postmark 5th July 1978 to Sheffield
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British Post Office Horses fdc postmarked with London British Library Horses of Britain Horse shoe &amp; whips postmark 5th July 1978 to Benham Hythe Kent
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Philart Red Rum cachet - London British Library Horses of Britain Horse shoe &amp; whips postmark 5th July 1978 to Tiatsa Centre Stratford-Upon-Avon
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A promotion card for the "HORSES" issue of 5th July 1978:

Horses Promotion card fdc with set of Horses stamps to Gustamps of London
Horses Promotion card fdc with set of Horses stamps to Gustamps of London

Postmarked London W.C. fdi - 5th July 1978.
Postmarked London W.C. fdi - 5th July 1978.

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Unknown cachet large fdc for British Horses  with colour control gutter pairs of each stamp affixed &amp; postmarked London E.C. 5th July 1978.
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Hand written cachet 'Painting by Sir Alfred Munnings' - Saddling Mahmood for the Derby 1936 - 9p stamp
Hand written cachet 'Painting by Sir Alfred Munnings' - Saddling Mahmood for the Derby 1936 - 9p stamp

With facsimile signature postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979.
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The Derby Winner 1936 - Mahmoud - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36a issued 6th June 1979 with gutter pair of 9p stamp postmarked Loondon W.C. 6th June 1979
The Derby Winner 1936 - Mahmoud - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36a issued 6th June 1979 with gutter pair of 9p stamp postmarked Loondon W.C. 6th June 1979

The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36b issued for 10½p stamp, with gutter pair of 10½p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979
The Liverpool Great National Steeplechase 1839 - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36b issued for 10½p stamp, with gutter pair of 10½p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979

The First Spring Meeting 1793 - - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36c issued for 11p stamp with gutter pair of 11p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979
The First Spring Meeting 1793 - - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36c issued for 11p stamp with gutter pair of 11p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979

Racing at Dorsett Ferry, Windsor 1684 - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36d issued 6th June 1979 for 13p stamp,  with gutter pair of 13p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979
Racing at Dorsett Ferry, Windsor 1684 - British Post Office Picture Card Series PHQ36d issued 6th June 1979 for 13p stamp, with gutter pair of 13p stamp postmarked London W.C. 6th June 1979

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While we are in London, we will stay for the 'Trooping of the Colours':

British Post Office fdc for the setenant set of 6 Trooping of thr Colour 29p stamps issued 7th June 2005 &amp; cancelled Trooping of the Colours, Horse Guards Ave, London horse postmark
British Post Office fdc for the setenant set of 6 Trooping of thr Colour 29p stamps issued 7th June 2005 & cancelled Trooping of the Colours, Horse Guards Ave, London horse postmark

Majesty Magazine by Rex Publications franking machine cancel in red 29p 7th June 2005.
Majesty Magazine by Rex Publications franking machine cancel in red 29p 7th June 2005.

Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British & Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century. On the battlefield, a regiment's colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments' colours.

Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. It is held in London annually on the second Saturday in June at Horse Guards Parade by St James's Park, and coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List.
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If you are hungry after that try some popcorn:

Commercial cover to Utrecht in The Netherlands with London S.W. machine cancel 27th January 1994
Commercial cover to Utrecht in The Netherlands with London S.W. machine cancel 27th January 1994

Get Popcorn Poppin' - It's Tasty Nutritious &amp; Fun
Get Popcorn Poppin' - It's Tasty Nutritious & Fun

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Lowther is a civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria about 100 miles north of Manchester & Liverpool & 300 miles north west of London. Most of the land in the parish belongs to the Lowther family estates. The family seat of the Lowthers was formerly Lowther Castle which is now a ruin but set in spectacular parkland.
Souvenir cover for the Lowther Two Day Horse Driving Trials - Opening Day 28th April 1973 - Penrith Cumberland to Newcastle on Tyne Northumberland.
Souvenir cover for the Lowther Two Day Horse Driving Trials - Opening Day 28th April 1973 - Penrith Cumberland to Newcastle on Tyne Northumberland.

Uncacheted cover for the Lowther Two Day Horse Driving Trials - Opening Day 28th April 1973 - Penrith Cumberland
Uncacheted cover for the Lowther Two Day Horse Driving Trials - Opening Day 28th April 1973 - Penrith Cumberland

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The Horse Carriage Driving Trials in Lowther have a long and proud history, running at the northern event since 1973 & have long been supported by H.R.H Prince Phillip.Lowther Show has seen several different incarnations since it was first started by the late Lord Lonsdale. Long associated with Lowther itself, the Lowther Show is held inside the grounds of Lowther Castle with carriage-driving was one of its major focuses.

Horse Carriage Racing at the Lowther Trials
Horse Carriage Racing at the Lowther Trials

In 2019 torrential rain caused the cancellation of the event & resulted in the organisers Countryman Fairs to go into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation. Lowther Estates has announced that the Lowther Show will not be taking place in 2020 due to the liquidation of the organisers. It would appear these types of country shows are no longer viable.
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BigSaint wrote:
12 Sep 2020 17:27
While we are in London, we will stay for the 'Trooping of the Colours':

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A subset of First Day Cover Collectors like to get an associated Meter Mark (or Franking machine) impression on the cover for the same date. With compliant companies, they can get them with zero value, or they may process them with money shown, in which case the collector would presumably pay.

This is for the MAJESTY magazine.
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Thank you Ian. These covers attract a hefty asking price. :)
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Manchester Grandstand.

I have had this postmark for sometime & I asked about it somewhere on the Board without much success:

Manchester Grandstand - 18th April 1936
Manchester Grandstand - 18th April 1936

It seemed that this "Grandstand" could have been cricket, soccer (City or United) or Racing (horses or greyhounds) related. My thoughts were that this was a post & telegraph office used to send sporting results but I was unable to identify it's location.

Recently I found this on eBay UK:

Manchester Grandstand telegraphic obliteration - 20th November 1890
Manchester Grandstand telegraphic obliteration - 20th November 1890

Royal Philatelic Society London Certificate
Royal Philatelic Society London Certificate

Manchester Grandstand eBay UK
Manchester Grandstand eBay UK


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SG-211-1-dull-green-Very-fine-use ... %7Ciid%3A1

This eBay auction drew my attention to the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens.

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens was a large zoo, amusement park, exhibition hall complex and speedway stadium in Belle Vue, Manchester, England, opened in 1836. The brainchild of John Jennison, the gardens were initially intended to be an entertainment for the genteel middle classes, with formal gardens and dancing on open-air platforms during the summer, but they soon became one of the most popular attractions in Northern England. The beginnings of the zoo that over the years grew to become the third-largest in the United Kingdom.

At its opening in 1836, Belle Vue contained an Italian Garden, lakes, mazes and hothouses, as well as the aviary. The family decided that their zoological collection had to be expanded as a matter of priority, and by 1839 elephants, lions, and other exotic African animals had been added. Many other attractions were subsequently added, including a racecourse in 1847.

The elaborate Belle Vue Grandstand at Manchester.
The elaborate Belle Vue Grandstand at Manchester.

Greyhound racing was introduced to Belle Vue in 1926, in the UK's first purpose-built greyhound stadium, constructed at a cost of £22,000. It was built on land leased by Belle Vue to the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA), a company chaired by Sir William Gentle, who was also the chairman of Belle Vue (Manchester) Ltd. The site was sold to the GRA in 1937, with the proviso that it had to be used for greyhound racing.

One of the activities that became synonymous with Belle Vue was speedway (known at the time as dirt track racing), which was introduced on 28 July 1928 in the recently built greyhound racing arena. The sport proved to be very popular, and the decision was taken to convert the 1887 athletics ground into a speedway stadium, which opened on 23 March 1929. It was at the time the largest purpose-built speedway stadium in the country, possibly in the world. Eventually it became the first home of the Belle Vue Aces, but it was also used for many other events, such as football, cricket, rugby league (Belle Vue Rangers), baseball, stock car racing and tennis. The stadium had covered accommodation for 40,000 spectators.

Entrance to Belle Vue Greyhound Racing Track circa 1937
Entrance to Belle Vue Greyhound Racing Track circa 1937

Aerial view of the Belle Vue Greyhound Racing Track.
Aerial view of the Belle Vue Greyhound Racing Track.

At its peak Belle Vue occupied 165 acres (0.67 km2) and attracted more than two million visitors a year, up to 250,000 of whom visited over the Easter weekend. The zoo closed in September 1977 after its owners decided they could no longer afford its losses of £100,000 a year. The amusement park remained open on summer weekends until 1980. The land was sold in 1982, and the site finally cleared in 1987. All that remains of Belle Vue today is a greyhound racing stadium and a snooker hall built in the stadium's car park.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Vue_Zoological_Gardens

I am still researching this postmark & connection to the Belle Vue Grandstand & Zoological Gardens & the type of racing that was done at the racetrack built in 1847. For a place that attracted such daily crowds it seems reasonable that it should house a post & telegraph office within it's grounds.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Next we go racing at Musselburgh or should I say 'Come Racing at Musselburgh'. :)

Musselburgh is the largest settlement in East Lothian, Scotland, on the Firth of Forth, 5 miles east of Edinburgh CBD with a population of of almost 22,000. It was first settled by the Romans in the years following their invasion of Scotland in AD 80 & named after the shellfish 'mussel' which was found in the River Esk.

Musselburgh Racecourse is a horse racing venue located in the Millhill area of Musselburgh, It is the second biggest racecourse in Scotland (the first being Ayr) & is the fourteenth biggest in the UK. It runs about 28 race meeting per year, both flat & National Hunt Club (jumps).

The first races in Musselburgh took place in 1777 under the auspices of the Royal Caledonian Hunt. Between 1789 and 1816, race meetings were held on the sands at Leith, although some races did still take place in the town. In 1816, they returned permanently to Musselburgh, to a course that had been laid out for them by the town council.
Notable races held are the William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup & Royal Mile Handicap.

In the late 1960s the British Post Office created a 'Come Racing at Musselburgh' advertising slogan cancel for use on mail.

Parsons, Peachey & Pearson record their usages as follows:

LP 343t type 222 Come Racing at Musselburgh used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967, used both at Edinburgh & Musselburgh.

LP 527t type 222 Come Racing at Musselburgh used from 11th September 1967 to ?22 September 1968, used at Musselburgh only.

LP 732t type 222 Come Racing at Musselburgh used from 4th November 1968 to 30th October 1969, except 26th February 1969, used at Musselburgh only.

LP 891t type 222 Come Racing at Musselburgh used from 20th to 29th December 1969, used at Musselburgh only. It seems a very short time of usage this time & I not aware if there was any reason for this short usage.
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As stated in the previous post PPP said the first slogan used was LP 343t type 222 Come Racing at Musselburgh used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967, used both at Edinburgh & Musselburgh. Examples those used at Edinburgh are seen more often than those from Musselburgh, so I will start with my examples from Edinburgh.

Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh 16th September 1966 to Coventry.
Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh 16th September 1966 to Coventry.

PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967
PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967

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Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh 24th October 1966 to Glasgow.
Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh 24th October 1966 to Glasgow.

PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967
PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967

Flemington sounds a nice name for a street. :)
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Come Racing at Musselburgh on piece postmarked Edinburgh 27th October 1966<br />PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967
Come Racing at Musselburgh on piece postmarked Edinburgh 27th October 1966
PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967

I do hate it when these slogans from covers.
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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 Edinburgh it was S33, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:

Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh S33 to Illford Essex
Come Racing at Musselburgh postmarked Edinburgh S33 to Illford Essex

PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967
PPP - LP 343t type 222 used from 19th July 1966 to 18th July 1967

The addressee of this cover is an 'old friend' on this thread with many covers of his included here. From information I have received he liked to collect slogan cancels on the first day of use. Whilst I cannot be 100% sure this was first day of use of slogan, I would speculate that it was particularly when I look at the condition of the machine cancel.
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