Horse Racing Uk
History of Horse Racing in UK
Horse racing started in the ancient world of the Greeks. And like many
other events in the history, this sport was passed on to Romans who
have learned to become obsessed with the sport. The Greeks back then
incorporated this game in the Olympics, which helped it gain natural
The origin of the game in United Kingdom though begins with the
importation of Arabian stallions into England during and after the
Crusades. The combination of the stock from Middle East and the breeds
in Europe led to the emergence of a swift runner with a steady build.
During the course of Europe’s horse racing history, we can observe that
the sport was dedicated primarily to the noble and royal families
alone. The commoners served as the spectators.
In fact, Charles II and Queen Anne were known to have been obsessed
with horse racing that both had private and public horse racing
competitions held through their own initiatives.
Horse racing in Europe was marked later with the development of various
racing arenas throughout the land. However, professional horse racing
occurred during the 16th century when the great classics were
Even before America has got its American Jockey Club, Europe has
already established the first governing body for horse racing. In line
with this, it has already accomplished various things pertaining to
The Jockey Club of England was established due to the movement
initiated by the elite of horse racing. This then became the overseer
of racetracks, races, standards for horse breeds, and event rules and
regulations. In short, they formalized the sport, as we know of today
during 1750s. The Jockey Club was also responsible for the early
determination of breeding lines of the horses.
James Weatherby, an official of the Jockey Club was the first to
distinguish the founding sires of the stallions that we now know as
Throughout the development of the game, various types were formed.
These are called as the classics.
Among the most popular are St. Leger that was founded during 1776, the
Oaks which was founded 3 years after, the next year produced the Derby,
2,000 Guineas in 1809 and 1000 Guineas that was created five years
All these, among with other events, were created through the formation
of the Jockey Club.
St. Leger was founded by a former Irish soldier Lieutenant Colonel
Anthony St Leger. The very first event under this category was held on
September 24, 1776. It has the longest distance among the English
Classics, which ran over 132 yards, 1m and 6f.
On our present sense, this range was relatively short which led to
questioning its worth since ranges seem to have switched to more
glamorous distances. This game existed for 227 years but was canceled
during the Civil War.
This horse racing event rooted from a race that was devised by Edward
Smith Stanley who was the Earl of Derby during 1779. With his friends,
they intended to race only among themselves over 1 ˝ miles. This was
named after his estate, Oaks. The race has become successful that the
following year saw the second race of its kind.
The name of the race was then founded after the Earl won in a game of
flipped coin with his friend Sir Charles Bunbury, then was an excellent
These are just two of the most famous English Classics. Central to all
these is that despite the presence of horse racing among other
cultures, Europe is still credited for being the proponent for the 1st
formal exhibition of horse racing.