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KING'S PLATES

KING'S PLATES




      

KING'S PLATES


KING'S PLATES. With a view to encourage the breed of horses in this country, free prizes were given by the different reigning monarchs, generally consisting of a bowl, cup, or other piece of plate, to he run for at certain places appointed for that purpose. In 1720, George the First ordered one hundred guineas to be paid in specie to the winner, and this practice has continued till now. Originally, with very few exceptions, the conditions were four mile heats, each horse carrying twelve stone: various alterations,however, have been made from time to time, both in regard to weight, distance, and age of the horses entered for the royal bounty. We have given below, the last regulations:

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835

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