Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Whoa betide: see Newmarket, Epsom, for some GG's on the Gallop, Gee up ....Haw...
The Newmarket Plate.
THE ORIGINAL ARTICLES FOR THE PLATE RUN AT NEWMARKET IN OCTOBERINSTITUTED BY KING CHARLES THE SECOND IN 1665 AND FIRST RUN IN 1666[As published in Hore's History of Newmarket, volume II, pages 246 to 249]
set out the 16th of October, in the 17th year of the Reign of King Charles the Second, which Plate is to be rode for yearly the second Thursday in October, for ever, Anno Dom. 1666. -
The Sport of Kings.
Horse racing, the favorite pastime of King Charles II began to be called "The Sport of Kings" during his reign. Charles II acquired foreign mares to improve the English horse through his marriage to Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705). The queen consort was the daughter of John IV of Portugal. She was married to Charles in 1662. As part of her dowry England secured Bombay and Tangier. The mares imported from Tangier and the resulting stock came to be called the "royal mares." This breeding stock would form the basis of the mares later bred with imported middle-eastern stallions to develop the Thoroughbred horse.
(My Lord Sandwich also brought a Barbary horse back from Tangier...Ollard)
The English Thoroughbred.
From Australian Susan's annotation.
What is the name of the horse that won the 1675 Newmarket Plate ridden by King Charles II himself, the only English king in history to be a jockey and at least in this race a successful one.
I cannot find the name of the winning horse.Didn't they keep records of the names of the horses who won races?
Charles II at Newmarket.
According to Antonia Fraser, Charles won the Plate on two occasions, 1671 and 1675, but she does not record the name of the horse on either occasion.
Further notes on horse-racing.
If you go to www.bloodlines.net/TB/Early Races 1650-1700.htm you will see that Charles' horse Blew Capp was having considerable success in April 1675. He is not stated to have been the horse ridden by Charles himself in winning the Newmarket Plate, but this must be a possibility.
Chrles II as owner/rider
"Blew Capp," with Charles II up, stated to be the winner in 1675, includes also a few other details of Charles racing carer:-Osmund Airy 'Charles II' London/NY: Goupeil & Co. 1904 p. 205 http://books.google.com/books?id=GuIBAAAAMAAJ&p...
Blew Capp is the likely name of the winning horse ridden by King Charles II in 1675 so thanks so much for the help.I did not realize Charles II won the same race earlier in 1671.It is a great piece of historical trivia to know the only English king who was a jockey and a winning one of a race he established and for which he created the rules if I have that right. And now I probably know the name of the winning horse as well. Great.
More about the origins of the word "handicap," with a mention of Sam and a mention of horse racing, here:
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