• Short Summary

    THEY USED TO CALL HORSE RACING "THE SPORT OF THE KINGS". THAT WAS WHEN HORSES?

  • Description

    THEY USED TO CALL HORSE RACING "THE SPORT OF THE KINGS". THAT WAS WHEN HORSES RACED AGAINST EACH OTHER JUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ENGLISH ARISTOCRACY. TODAY IT'S A SPORT FOLLOWED BY MILLION OF ORDINARY PEOPLE - AS WELL AS THE REMAINING NOBILITY - THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. ONE COUNTRY BITTEN BY THE RACING BUG IS NIGERIA.

    RACING IN NIGERIA, AFTER BEING IN THE DOLDRUMS, IS ENJOYING A REVIVAL. THERE ARE FOUR MEETINGS A YEAR IN LAGOS, EACH LASTING EIGHT DAYS. THEY ARE NOT ONLY AN OCCASION FOR GAMBLING BUT ALSO A TIME FOR THE WOMENFOLK TO DISPLAY THEIR LATEST FINERY.

    AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES, THE HORSES HAVE A BIZARRE RANGE OF NAMES: CAPTAIN DEVIL, ALLAH RIH, BELIEVE ALLAH, IKO ALLAH, BLACK JACK, HERCULES, MALARIA, GHANA AND LONE STAR, TO NAME A FEW.

    THE Newspaper WRITERS USE THAT LANGUAGE PECULIAR TO RACING. ON FORM, WROTE ONE REPORTER OF THE BIG RACE, THESE "THREE HORSES ARE THE BIG RACE, THESE "THREE HORSES ARE THE BIG SETS FOR THE CUP, WITH OF COURSE THE SKILFUL HARNESS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE JOCKEYS TO HELP INK UP THE FINAL SITUATION. IT WILL BE A CLOSE RACE - CLASSY AND TIGHT ENOUGH TO PLACE DIVIDENDS ATTRACTIVE".

    THE JOCKEYS, TOO, HAVE A STYLE OF THEIR OWN, STANDING WELL UP IN THE SADDLE. THEY RACE FOR MODEST PRIZES COMPARED WITH SOME COUNTRIES. THE RECENT LAGOS RACE CLUB CHALLENGE CUP, FOR INSTANCE, WAS WORTH A TOTAL OF GBP175.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GUMP0GZ5Z02N2X8TOJUHT4HY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GUMP0GZ5Z02N2X8TOJUHT4HY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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