Entries by IanS

It never rains but…

If you are on a floodplain you can expect to be flooded. Huntingdon racecourse is on a floodplain, and last weekend it was flooded, depriving the course of its Family Fun day fixture and a crowd likely to be upwards of 4,000 people. I had driven past the track on Tuesday, at which time it […]

A National Surfeit

The Grand and Scottish Nationals have rightly taken centre stage on the last two Saturdays, writes Ian Sutherland. They are as good an indicator as any that the jumps season is all but over. Yet there is still one more National to run before the curtain falls, Perth's Highland National, taking place this afternoon. Matt's […]

Racing People 4: Mark Johnson

In the latest of our occasional series about racing people, we take a look at the work of Mark Johnson, racecourse commentator, writes Ian Sutherland. Today Mark explains how he became involved in racing, how he goes about preparing to call the horses at a race meeting, and the tools of his trade. Tomorrow, Mark […]

Going for a song

  A rare piece of racing memorabilia went under the hammer yesterday. Fortunately no damage was done, as the hammer in question belonged to Isabel Balmer, of Hansons Auctioneers, near Derby. Up for sale was silver racecourse admission token 42, dated 1830, and measuring no more than an inch in diameter. This had belonged to […]

50 years of starting stalls

Fifty years ago today saw a major change to flat racing in Britain, with the introduction of starting stalls to our racecourses. At the time, stalls were under trial, but by the end of the 1965 season, the authorities had decided that they would be employed to start all races, and over the following year […]

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