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The following regulations were published by order in November, 1875:
The MASTER of the HORSE gives notice that after 1875, with a view to encourage a greater number and a higher class of horses running for Her Majesty's Plates, the number of plates will be reduced and their value doubled.
No plate to be given at a meeting not held annually and otherwise supported by public money.
No geldings to be allowed to run, and no plate to be confined to mares.
(Signed) BRADFORD, Master of the Horse. Until further notice they will be given as follows:
Huntingdon - 200 Richmond, 200 every other year. (Sigved) WESTMINSTER, Master of the Horse. The places mentioned in the second column had the Plates in 1883. Richmond commenced in 1877.
The plates for Scotland, viz., for Edinburgh and Royal Caledonian Hunt come from a different fund from the above, are granted annually, and are only of the value of 100gs.
QUEEN'S PLATE WEIGHTS.
(Signed) BRADFORD. London, March 2nd, 1880.
FORM OF CERTIFICATE
OF HAVING WON
A QUEEN'S PLATE.
THESE are to certify, that her Majesty's Plate of two Hundred Guineas was won at
the 188 by
horse called A.B. Steward. C.D. Clerk of the Course.
*Lord Lieutenant of
the County. The Duke of Westminster,
Master of the Horse to Her Majesty. N.B. The certificate, when properly signed, is payable at three days' sight to the winner of the Plate (or to any other person, if endorsed by the winner) at the Office of the Clerk of her Majesty's Stables in the Royal Mews, Pimlico.
The Plates at Chester, Hampton, Goodwood, Huntingdon, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Liverpool, Northampton, Egham and Plymouth, and the 100gs added to the Whip at the Curragh, are given from a different fund, and the Certificates are to be addressed to the Keeper of the Privy Purse.
The Clerk of the Stables requires the person presenting a certificate for payment to pay for a receipt stamp.
* If the Lord Lieutenant be officially out of the kingdom, the signature of the Vice Lieutenant is admissible.
RULES OF RACING. AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE JOCKEY CLUB, held in London on Monday, the 18th of December, 1876, to take into consideration the new Rules of Racing as submittted by the Committee appointed for that purpose, and discussed during the preceding Houghton Meeting, it was resolved that the following Rules should come into operation on the 1st of January, 1877, and that all former rules be repealed on and from that day.
The alterations made in the Rules during the year 1883 are printed in italics.
I. Interpretation and Application of these Rules.
V. Stakes and Forfeits.
Races; Post Races; Handicaps; Sale with Engagements) IX. Miscellaneous.
RULES OF RACING MADE BY THE JOCKEY CLUB AT NEWMARKET.
PART I. INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THESE RULES. 1. “Race" includes plate, match, or sweepstakes, General
definitions. but does not include or refer to a steeple chase or hurdle race, or a hunters' race on the flat.
“Horse” includes mare or gelding. “ Plate
means a race to be run for money or other prize given without any stake being made by the owners of the horses engaged to go to the winner.
“ Sweepstakes means a race in which stakes are to be made by the owners of three or more horses to go to the winner; and any such race is still a sweepstakes, even although the number is reduced by death to two subscribers, or although money or any other prize be added, and although the word“ plate” be used in the official or ordinary name or description of such race.
A private sweepstakes under these Rules, is one to which no money is added, and which has not been advertised previous to closing.
A Cup, under these rules, means a piece of plate or any prize not given in money.
“Recognised meeting “ recognised race," means a meeting or race held in accordance with Rule 57.
A “ maiden” means a horse which has never won a plate or sweepstakes at any meeting in Great Britain, or at any recognised meeting in any other country,
A match at " catch weights ” means a match in which the riders need not weigh before or after the race. Catoh weights are permissible only for matches,
“Registry office means such office as is for the time being appointed as the registry office by the, Jockey Club; and expressions in these Rules or in the programme or conditions of any meeting or race referring to Messrs Weatherby's mean the registry office as herein defined.
The “Racing Calendar" and the "Stud Book” mean the works published under those names respectively for the time being anthorized by the Jockey Club.
The “Sheet Calendar," the “Monthly Calendar," and the “Book Calendars” of “ Races Past” and of “Races to Come" mean the parts or editions of the “ Racing Calendar as published under or usually known by those names respectively.
The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not included in the expression “Great Britain,” but they are ineluded (with Ireland) in the expression “the United Kingdom.” “ Month
means a calendar month. Application
2. (ij These Rules apply to all meetings held under these the control of the Jockey Club, or advertised in the
“Racing Calendar,” to be held subject to these Rules;
(ii) If a horse run in a race at any meeting in Great Britain which is not so advertised, he is perpetually disqualified for all races to which these Rules apply;
(iii) The Stewards of the Jockey Club may at their discretion prohibit the advertisement of any
meeting in the “Official Racing Calendar.” Commence
3. These rules shall come into operation on the first ment of these day of January, 1877, and any other Rules of Racing Rules, shall be anvulled as from that day, without prejudice
to then existing rights or liabilities,