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Another mystery cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
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Gutter Pairs First Day Cover
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Addresed to London Stamp Centre, London.
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Could it be the work of the addressee "London Stamp Centre" :idea:
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Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
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With Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark
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Carried past the winning post, presumably not by the winner.
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With insert prepared by Benham (A Buckingham) of Kent
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The Epsom fdc bears the offical Derby 200 Emblem incorporating the badge of Lord Derby's family.
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Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
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Signed by Stuart Rose
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Stuart Rose designed this British Post Office fdc & insert card.
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Do you call this working with the opposition :?:
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Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
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Signed by John Oaksey, John Dunlop, Venetia Williams, Willie Carson, Lester Piggott, Luca Cumani, Ginger McCain & Henrietta Knight.
I will return shortly & give some more details on people who have signed this cover.

If I recall correctly this cover came via Stampboarder goof. A big thank you to Mick. :)
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Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
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Signed by Lord Derby
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Recreated silk look cover, a limited edition of 500
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Lord Derby:

Edward John Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby, MC DL (21 April 1918 – 28 November 1994) was a British peer, landowner and businessman.

The eldest son of Lord Stanley and the Hon. Sibyl Cadogan, daughter of Viscount Chelsea, his grandfather was Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, a British Ambassador to Paris.

He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. His father having died in 1938, he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and other family titles.

Edward Stanley served with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, being promoted Major, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Italian Campaign.

Lord Derby married Isabel Milles-Lade, daughter of the Hon. Henry Milles-Lade, in 1948. Their marriage was childless.

Lady Derby died in 1990; Lord Derby survived her by four years and died in 1994, aged 76, being succeeded in the family titles by his nephew, Edward Stanley as the 19th Earl.

Following family tradition, Lord Derby was an owner of thoroughbred racehorses: his colt Teleprompter won the 1984 Arlington Million at Arlington Park, Illinois. :)
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Benham "Derby Day 200 Exhibition" cachet fdc cancelled with the Derby 200 Exhibition, Royal Academy London pictorial postmark 9th May 1979:
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The earliest date I have seen, & using a set of the European Assembly Elections stamps, as this 4 weeks before the Horse racing stamps were issued.

Presumably this postmark was available for the period of the Exhibition, 5th April 1979 to 1st July 1979. :)
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Benham "Derby Day 200 Exhibition" cachet fdc cancelled with the Derby 200 Exhibition, Royal Academy London pictorial postmark 6th June 1979:
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Signed by the previously discussed Stuart Rose.
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Epsom Surrey - Cub Scout Venture, 7th July 1979 :
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The 9p Saddling Mahmoud for The Derby 1936 - SG #1087
cancelled with the Cub Scout Venture, 7th July 1979 pictorial postmark
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This is a bit of mystery as I can't match the cover nor can I find anything on the event. I have found references to some scouting events in the 1970s that were held at the Epsom Racecourse. Perhaps this one was too.
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BigSaint wrote:Epsom Surrey - Cub Scout Venture, 7th July 1979 :

This is a bit of mystery as I can't match the cover nor can I find anything on the event. I have found references to some scouting events in the 1970s that were held at the Epsom Racecourse. Perhaps this one was too.
This was intriguing for me as I used to live in West Ewell near Epsom.

Here's a quote from 3rd Epsom (St. Martin’s) Scout Group History relating to 1979:

All Sections of the Group, which with 135 members was now the largest in the District, took part in “Cub Scout Venture (CSV) '79”, a District Activity Camp in Hook Road Arena, the first of several such District Events.


Hook Road Arena is an open grassy area used for events or recreation.
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Thank you for that information Nigel. Looks like it's a bit of a "scout hike" between the two venues. :)
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1980 Derby BiCentenary Crown - Isle Of Man:
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The British crown, the successor to the English crown and the Scottish dollar, came into being with the Union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707. As with the English coin, its value was five shillings.

Always a heavy silver coin weighing around one ounce, during the 19th and 20th centuries the crown declined from being a real means of exchange to being a coin rarely spent and minted for commemorative purposes only.

Crowns were minted a few times after decimalisation of the British currency in 1971, initially with a nominal value of 25 pence. However, commemorative crowns issued since 1990 have a face value of five pounds

1 Crown - Elizabeth II Derby

Country Isle of Man
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1980
Value 1 Crown (0.25)
Currency Pound (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Diameter 38.61 mm Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Commemorative issue - 200th Anniversary of the Derby
Obverse - Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Lettering - ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II 1980

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Reverse - Men racing horses
Lettering - BICENTENARY OF THE DERBY - ONE CROWN

Year - 1980, Mintage - 100,000

Not stamps but I include this here, so that Stampboarders will understand the next few posts. :)
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Epsom, Surrey - Derby BiCentenary Crown Minted in Sutton:
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Epsom, Surrey 11th February 1980 to London
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PPP 3261 Type 2141
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Epsom, Surrey - Derby BiCentenary Crown Minted in Sutton:
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RAC Country Club Corner Card/Advertising Cover
Epsom Surrey 24th February 1981 to Gloucester.
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PPP 3323 Type 2141.
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Reverse Royal Automobile Club logo.
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Epsom, Surrey - Derby BiCentenary Crown Minted in Sutton:
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J W McKenzie of Ewell, Epsom corner card/adveristing cover
Epsom Surrey 13th April 1981 to Glenelg North, South Australia
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Sutton, Surrey - Derby BiCentenary Crown Minted in Sutton:
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Sutton, Surrey 1st April 1980 to London
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PPP 3261 Type 2141.
In the previous four entries I have not been able to give any details of the usages of these slogans, towns used, dates etc., as no details are provided in PPP.

From what I have shown I can say it was used in Epsom & Sutton but I don't know if any other nearby towns were used. All dates I have are prior to the running of the Derby so I am guessing it was used from January to May. I will need to look into this further.
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On 5th July 1978, the British Post Office issued a set of horses stamps (SG #1063 to #1066).

They were the Shire Horse 9p (SG #1063), Shetland Pony 10½p (SG #1064), Myrlyn Cymreig Welsh Pony 11p (SG #1065) & Thoroughbred 13p (SG #1066):
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Cancelled with Sutton, Surrey fdi postmark
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5th July 1978 on first day of issue.
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City of Glasgow Showjumping:
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City Of Glasgow, Showjumping, Championships,
Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Sports Promotion Council
25th & 26th June.

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PPP 2968 Type 1961 used from 13th to 25th June 1977
Used at Glasgow (Head Office) & G41 (South District Office).
Sent from Glasgow to Manchester, 23rd June 1977.
Unfortunately I can find no information on this event & this appears to be the only year of use of this slogan. I cannot find it in 1976 nor 1978.
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The World Dressage Championships 1978, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex:
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From Goodwood to Harrowgate North Yorkshire - 5th July 1978.
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The Dressage World Championship is held every four years. The best horse and rider competitions in the world compete for individual and team titles. The Dressage World Championship is since 1990, held at the World Equestrian Games in conjunction with other equestrian world championships.

In 1978, the estate of 10th Duke and Duchess of Richmond staged the 1978 World Championships on the front lawns of Goodwood House. The Swiss horse and rider team of Stückelberger and Granat made dressage history as the most successful performers in international Dressage competition for the nation of Switzerland. After winning equestrian individual gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, they took gold again at the 1978 Dressage World Championships in Goodwood. :)
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On 5th July 1978, the British Post Office issued a set of horses stamps (SG #1063 to #1066).

They were the Shire Horse 9p (SG #1063), Shetland Pony 10½p (SG #1064), Myrlyn Cymreig Welsh Pony 11p (SG #1065) & Thoroughbred 13p (SG #1066):
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British Post Office fdc
Cancelled with The World Dressage Championships 1978, Goodwood,
Chichester, West Sussex pictorial postmark on fdi - 5th July 1978.
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Tiatsa Philatelic Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, fdc
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Limited Edition of 1000.
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Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House. It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting in late July and early August, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to three of the UK's 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. Although the race meeting has become known as 'Glorious Goodwood', it is sponsored by Qatar and officially called the 'Qatar Goodwood Festival'
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From Goodwood to Harrowgate North Yorkshire - 31st July 1979.
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One presumes the Spillers Stewards Cup is a 1200 metre handicap run on the first day of the 5 day carnival. It was won by Stabdaan in 1979 & ridden by Paul Bradwell. :)
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Come Racing Series Number 2 - Goodwood
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Produced by Stamp Publicity (Worthing) Ltd of Worthing Sussex.
Note this cover is like most of the other covers in the series as it is franked with the 9p "Saddling Mahmoud for The Derby 1936" stamp.
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Come Racing at Goodwood:
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Limited Edition overprint on the Come Racing at Goodwood souvenir cover
number 42 of 46.

Signed by Pat Eddery who as previously discussed won "The Derby" 3 times
& the Goodwood Cup on 5 occasions.
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The 1979 Stewards' Cup at Goodwood was won by Standaan in some style.

Here's some blurry TV footage of the race:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AqmiNROkas

It's a six furlong race (1,207 metres).
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Thanks for that Nigel. That looked an impressive win.
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From Goodwood we go to Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth, often called Yarmouth, is a seaside town in Norfolk, England, straddling the mouth of the River Yare, about 20 miles east of Norwich. A population of around 39,000 makes it Norfolk's third most populous place. Yarmouth has been a seaside resort since 1760 and a gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. As a tourist centre, it was boosted when a railway opened in 1844 gave visitors easier, cheaper access & triggered an influx of settlers. Wellington Pier opened in 1854 and Britannia Pier in 1858 & Yarmouth became a booming resort.

Great Yarmouth racecourse is a horse racing course located a mile north of Great Yarmouth, owned by Arena Racing Company. The track takes the form of a narrow oblong of a mile and five furlongs round, with two long straights about five furlongs in length. It is a left-handed course, used for flat racing only. An extension to the finishing straight allows races of up to a mile to be run on the straight course.

Racing at Great Yarmouth was first recorded in 1715, when a lease was granted by the Great Yarmouth Corporation to a group of innkeepers for some land where they could stage race meetings. Racing may well have been taking place there before that date.

The most valuable race is the John Musker Fillies' Stakes, run over a mile and a quarter in September. In 1998 Dubai Millennium won his debut at Great Yarmouth impressively, ridden by Frankie Dettori, before becoming one of the best horses to run for the worldwide Godolphin operation, owned by the Dubai royal family. Since then Great Yarmouth winners included Ouija Board, who went on to win the English and Irish Oaks before scoring at the Breeders Cup, the annual international horse racing championships in the USA.
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Black Beauty goes to Great Yarmouth races:
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Souvenir cover for the Centenary of the death of Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty.
Cachet shows the house where Anna was born on 30th March 1820.
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"Black Beauty"ful horse head pictorial postmark, the nicest I have seen, Great Yarmouth, 25th April 1978.
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13p Thorougbred horse cancelled with Great Yarmouth fdi postmark 5th July 1978.
One of the nicest "combo" covers I have seen. Most likely a fund raiser for Anna Sewell House. :)
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On 5th July 1978, the British Post Office issued a set of horses stamps (SG #1063 to #1066).

They were the Shire Horse 9p (SG #1063), Shetland Pony 10½p (SG #1064), Myrlyn Cymreig Welsh Pony 11p (SG #1065) & Thoroughbred 13p (SG #1066):
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British Post Office fdc postmarked with Great Yarmouth fdi to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
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5th July 1978 on first day of issue.
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British Post Office horse racing stamps (SG #1087 to #1090) cancelled with the Great Yarmouth, Norfolk fdi postmark on 6th June 1979:
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British Post Office fdc postmarked with Great Yarmouth fdi to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
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6th June 1979 on first day of issue.
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British Post Office - 1979 Horses Racing fdc postmarked Great Yarmouth cds 6th June 1979
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With PPP LP1963 Type 717 "Come Racing at Great Yarmouth"
Used from 29th May to 15th September 1979 (9th May done in error.)
Similar covers from other cities have been prpeared by A G Bradbury. Although not noted, this cover may have been prepared by him.
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Great Yarmouth, like Ayr, had a generic slogan everyday machine slogan cancel "Come Racing at Great Yarmouth" combined with a horse passing the winning post.
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Great Yarmouth to Harrogate, North Yorkshire - 29th May 1979 (fdi)
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PPP LP1963 Type 717 used from 29th May to 15th September 1979
(9th May done in error.)

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Great Yarmouth to Columbus, Ohio, USA - 21st June 1979
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PPP LP1963 Type 717 used from 29th May to 15th September 1979
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Great Yarmouth to Ipswich, Suffolk - 10th July 1979.
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PPP LP1963 Type 717 used from 29th May to 15th September 1979.

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Great Yarmouth to Ipswich, Suffolk - 6th August 1979.
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PPP LP1963 Type 717 used from 29th May to 15th September 1979.
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After a heavy racing season it is nice to sit back & relax:
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Great Yarmouth to Ipswich, Suffolk - 24th October 1979.
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PPP LP1965 Type 600 used from 4th June to 20th November 1979.
Although I think it might be a bit too cool for the bikini in October. :o
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Great Yarmouth to Guernsey, Channel Islands - 30th June 1981
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PPP LP 2049 used from 1st June 1981 to 1st December 1981.
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Great Yarmouth to York, Yorkshire - 1st June 1982.
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PPP LP 2075 used from 24th May to 20th September 1982.
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Norwich (changed from Great Yarmouth):
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Norwich to Slough, Berkshire - 2nd May 1984
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PPP LP 2127 Type 717 used from 30th April to 1st December 1984.(unofficially)
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I hear there were rumblings near the winning post at Aintree Racecourse today near Liverpool, I think "Old Rummy" was turning in his grave there.
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Old Rummy who won the race 3 times with 2 seconds from 5 starts had just heard this years race in early April had fallen victim to Coronavirus.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/11187052/grand-na ... iger-roll/
AINTREE OFF Coronavirus latest: 2020 Grand National CANCELLED due to Covid-19 pandemic
"Following the Government’s new public health guidance regarding avoiding social contact and stopping non-essential travel, and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from tomorrow, the Jockey Club has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage the event."

One wonders why they just couldn't run the races without the spectators like were are doing at the moment downunder. :(
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Hi BigSaint,

From the BBC just now:

"All horse racing in Great Britain will be suspended from Wednesday until the end of April because of the coronavirus outbreak." :(
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One wonders why they just couldn't run the races without the spectators like were are doing at the moment downunder.
Because medics are there for jockeys who are injured when the horses fall - as they always do in that race - and for any other accidents to stable etc personnel. It's not just the punters, who would only fall over drunk, but the entertainers themselves.
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Thank you Ian & Nigel.

There is very little jumps racing in this country, compared to the past & may be that is the difference. All race fields here are followed by two ambulances.

The Oakbank Easter Carnival & Warrnambool in May are two big regional jumps racing programmes & we will just have to wait & see what decision will be made there.

So lets leave that news there & back to the covers. :)
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That was a quick trip to Great Yarmouth & next we go to Hamilton & Lanark in Glasgow.

I have decided to show these together after realising that both are in Glasgow, the racing slogans are similar, both applied at Glasgow (South DO) & alternate between each other in a 6 month period in 1968. They were used in no other year.

Parsons, Peachey & Pearson record their usages as follows:

LP 629t type 311 Racing at Lanark used from 15th April to 5th May 1968.
LP 639t type 315 Racing at Hamilton used from 6th May to 14th June 1968.
LP 665t type 311 Racing at Lanark used from 15th June to 28th June 1968.
LP 668t type 315 Racing at Hamilton used from 29th June to 12th July 1968.
LP 675t type 311 Racing at Lanark used from 13th July to 6th September 1968.
LP 700t type 315 Racing at Hamilton used from 7th September to 28th September 1968.

I am guessing that the slogan changed after each race meeting.

I recently went to a function where jockey Craig Williams was the special guest. Craig of course rode Vow & Declare to victory in last year's Melbourne Cup. He has ridden all over the world including Scotland. The audience was a little surprised there was racing in Scotland as so little news of the racing there travels to Australia. Craig said like the other jockeys that he enjoyed riding there.
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Craig's autograph on a cover prepared by myself postmarked on Melbourne Cup day. He has made a smiley face out of 2019. :)
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Lanark is a small town in the central belt of Scotland with a population of just over 8,000, 27 miles south east of Glasgow. The name is believed to come from the Cumbric Lanerc meaning "clear space, glade". It is traditionally the county town of Lanarkshire with a railway station & coach station that have frequent services to Glasgow. Some residents commute to work in Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Lanark Racecourse (closed October 1977) was a Scottish horse racing venue, reputedly founded by King William the Lion of Scotland (1165-1214).

The course was a right-handed oval, 10 furlongs (2,000 m) round, with a run-in of around 3 1⁄2 furlongs (700 m). It was home to Britain's oldest horse race, the Lanark Silver Bell, which after a gap of three decades following Lanark's closure, is now contested again at nearby Hamilton Park Racecourse. The original Silver Bell is commonly reported to have been a gift of William the Lion in the 12th century. While the original bell no longer exists, the present one dates from the 17th century. The course also staged the longest handicap in the racing calendar, the 2 1⁄2-mile William the Lion Handicap, which closed the Scottish flat racing season.
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Racing at Lanark - PPP 629t type 311 - 15th April 1968 to 5th May 1968
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Glasgow to collector R D Lee of Ilford Essex - 15th April 1968, the 1st day of use.
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Hamilton is a town in South Lanarkshire, in the central Lowlands of Scotland with a population of just over 54,000. It is 12 miles south-east of Glasgow, 35 miles, south-west of Edinburgh & 74 miles north of Carlisle. Hamilton is situated on the south bank of the River Clyde at its confluence with the Avon Water. Hamilton is the county town of the historic county of Lanarkshire.

Originally known as Cadzow, it was renamed Hamilton in the time of James, Lord Hamilton, who was married to Princess Mary, the daughter of King James II.

Hamilton Park Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue in Hamilton, Scotland to the south of Glasgow. It is a flat racing venue, with a season which runs from May to October.

Racing has been staged in Hamilton since 1782 with the present racecourse opening in 1926 & since 1973 being owned by the Hamilton Park Trust which ploughs back all profits into developing the course.

The notable races here have been the Glasgow Stakes, Braveheart Stakes (discontinued from 2015), Lanark Silver Bell & the Scottish Stewards' Cup.
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Racing at Hamilton - PPP 639t type 315 used from 6th May to 14th June 1968.
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Glasgow to collector R D Lee of Ilford Essex - 7th May 1968, the 2nd day of use.

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Racing at Hamilton - PPP 639t type 315 used from 6th May to 14th June 1968.
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Glasgow to Brentford Middlesex - 13th May 1968
You can now the similar design with two horses running side by side at Lanark & Hamilton. :)
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Racing at Lanark (very faint example) - PPP 665t type 311 used from 15th June to 28th June 1968.
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Glasgow to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire - 15th June 1968, the first day of use.
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We go from under inking at Lanark to over inking at Hamilton:
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Racing at Hamilton - PPP 669 type 315 used from 29th June to 12th July 1968.
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Glasgow to collector R D Lee of Ilford Essex - 12th July 1968, the last day of use.
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