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My hand carved wooden jockey in silks.

Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports with the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia racing horses since early domestication and horse racing has long been an organised sport in many countries throughout history.

Horse racing in the UK can be traced back to the 12th Century after the English knights returned from the Crusades with Arab horses. These horses were bred with English horses to produce the Thoroughbred horse that is the breed of horse used in horse racing in the UK today.

During the reign of Charles II from 1660 to 1685 the King held horse races between two horses on private courses or open fields with prizes awarded to the winners and Newmarket was the venue for the first horse racing meetings in Britain. Under the reign of Queen Anne during the period 1702 to 1714 horse races involving several horses on which spectators placed bets took over from match racing and horse racing became a professional sport with racecourses founded throughout England, including Ascot which was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.

UK Price: 29 + 4.99 postage

Overseas Price: North America $65 delivered to the door

Availability: Yes

Size: 17''

Code Number: 805

Provenance: Limited Edition New Design

Condition: Antique Finish

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