August 5, 2022 at 22:25 #1610123
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Having failed to locate a copy of his book ‘The Brighton Races’ I contacted author Jim Beavis who kindly sent me this message:
“A bit below the standard of those four were Operatic Society (seven of his 30 wins were at Brighton) and Dart Board (winner of the 1967 Brighton Derby Trial before finishing third in the English and Irish Derbys).
Rather higher was the 1879 Brighton Cup winner Isonomy, who won the Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, the Gold Vase (a 2m weight for age race at Royal Ascot), the Doncaster Cup and the Ebor in the same year. He won the Cambridgeshire the year before and the Gold Cup a second time a year later and sired two Triple Crown winners.”
Isonomy now tops the list of Brighton’s best for me. This horse had such a towering reputation that he gets a mention in a Sherlock Holmes story.
Below is Jim’s website address listing other books written by him, like so:
The Croydon Races (1999)
The Brighton Races (2003)
The History of Fontwell Park (2008)
The Days of Fontwell (2011)
The History of Bath Racecourse (2011)
The History of Uttoxeter Races (2015) (now out of stock)
The History of Royal Windsor Racecourse (2016)
The History of Salisbury Racecourse (2019) (£12 plus p&p)
Ffos Las: The Birth of a Racecourse (£8 plus p&p)August 6, 2022 at 08:10 #1610153GladiateurParticipant
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Excellent work, Seasider. I’ll have to look up Jim’s books.August 6, 2022 at 09:03 #1610159
Jim here. Glad to be of service. I posted a few times on TRF many, many years ago and stopped when I didn’t have anything interesting to add.
One of the minority-interest subjects I am working on is that of old race names and where they came from. Things like the Temple Stakes – which temple? Today there are Sweet Solera and Rose of Lancaster Stakes- who were they? They tend to disappear over time and I thought it would be nice to help preserve them somewhere other than in dusty old books of results.
Taking 1982 as my base at random, I am working through about 800 race names, having excluded local villages and sponsors from the list. Just a few paragraphs on each one is my aim, and it’s taking a long time! I will probably put it online eventually in the style of Jockeypedia. If anyone fancies chipping in, please let me know. The more obscure the information, the better.August 6, 2022 at 09:19 #1610161
Isn’t the Rose of Lancaster just named after the Red Rose symbol of the county?August 6, 2022 at 09:21 #1610162IanDaviesParticipant
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Been going racing at Beverley since 1977 and this prompted me to google who Hilary Needler was!
Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
("Chezza" to the proletariat)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePointtoPointNHandFlatracingpunter/August 6, 2022 at 09:45 #1610165
An interesting area of research Jim, enjoy
Sweet Solera won the 1000 Guineas and Oaks in 1961. I think ‘solera’ is just a portmanteau construction derived from the grandsire’s and sire’s names: Solferino (a town in Italy) and SolonowayAugust 6, 2022 at 10:04 #1610168
Cork All Star – yes. Not a barmaid in a Lancaster pub.
Ian – thanks, I haven’t got round to Hilary Needler so that’s saved me some time.
Drone – I knew about the filly but not the portmanteau construction. Thanks.
Interesting (to us) and dare I say harmless fun.August 6, 2022 at 10:14 #1610169
The red rose of Lancaster originated with John Of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a son of Edward III, who used it as his heraldic emblem. Appropriately, there’s a John Of Gaunt Stakes, also run at HaydockAugust 6, 2022 at 10:15 #1610170GladiateurParticipant
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A solera is also part of the sherry-making process. The word itself means “on the ground” in Spanish.
Looking forward to seeing your results, Jim. Keep posting in here and I’m sure we’ll all help as best we can. 👍August 6, 2022 at 10:36 #1610174
Solferino was the site of a battle in the 19th century. It might have become just another footnote in military history but for a Swiss businessman named Henri Dunant who was travelling in the area and was shocked by the sight of injured and dying soldiers without any medical attention. He wrote a book suggesting that a humanitarian organisation should be established to provide such care. It was the start of the Red Cross.August 6, 2022 at 10:38 #1610176
“There’s a John Of Gaunt Stakes, also run at Haydock.”
There is also a pub named after him in Lancaster. But I do not know if it has a barmaid named Rose. 😉August 6, 2022 at 10:47 #1610181
I’m going to have a couple of long paragraphs about today’s two races!
At the risk of being overbold, could I ask Admin if posts about this subject should go on a separate thread with its own title?August 6, 2022 at 11:25 #1610189
There is also a pub named after him in Lancaster
I’ve been in there, after visiting the castle. A Tetleys pub, quite small, in the market square if memory servesAugust 6, 2022 at 12:26 #1610204
Yes, that is the one. I am sure I had a pint of Tetley Dark Mild when I was last there many years ago, which I assume is no longer brewed.
Tetley fell into the clutches of Marstons and is now brewed in Burton on Trent rather than Leeds. There used to be a large sign for Joshua Tetley beer on the approach to Leeds station.August 6, 2022 at 16:39 #1610251
When Favonius (1871) and Isonomy (1879) won the Brighton Cup the race distance was 2m.
I’m curious to know what route a 2m contest would have taken back then. The course would certainly have occupied more acreage thus offering more scope for distance races.
Many thanks.August 6, 2022 at 17:23 #1610262
Brighton’s 2m course ran south from the 1m4f start towards the coast. This is the best illustration I can give you off hand; you’ll have to zoom in though.
On the northern side of the course you’ll see a loop on the inside at around 7f out. They used to have 1m6f races starting near the winning post, running away from the stands to go round that loop and then come back the conventional way.August 6, 2022 at 17:36 #1610267
This snippet comes from James Gill’s book on racecourses:
“They say that, once upon a time, the course was two miles long, but it was shortened because thoroughbreds were being lost over the anfractuous rocks.”
I learn that anfractuous means ‘full of windings and intricate turnings’. I can’t believe that racehorses ran off the course and disappeared over some rocks, unless you advise me otherwise.
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