Page 301. " The morning of the Handicap dawned clear and bright "
Jockey contemporary to Galsworthy
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In a handicap race, the horses carry different weights according to their quality.  Faster horses are given greater weights to carry, such that all horses should cross the finishing line very close together. The Grand National is a handicap race.


Page 303. " the remainder of the proceeds of his half of Sleeve-links "

Owning, breeding and training thoroughbred horses is still a favourite preoccupation of monarchs and the wealthy. A winning horse can increase dramatically in value and be sold for profit. However most horses cost more to maintain than they win or earn from stud fees.


Prime race horses in action
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