Travels in Town; By the Author of "Random Recollections of the Lords and Commons," "The Great Metropolis," &C. &C...

Travels in Town; By the Author of "Random Recollections of the Lords and Commons," "The Great Metropolis," &C. &C...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...made up by secretly betting to a large amount the other way; or by some other private arrangement made among themselves. Another favourite expedient on the race-course is to invent all sorts of rumours respecting different horses, --rumours relative to the probability or otherwise of particular animals running; and thus raising the odds, or causing them to fall in particular cases, according as their own interests are affected. Scarcely less notorious for the invention of false rumours on the part of a gang of black legs, is the race-course, than is the Stock Exchange itself. With regard again tp the running of favourite horses, it is now so common a practice for the parties interested to manage matters in such a way as that they shall not win, --that it has of late become customary with the recently initiated, before betting for or against any favourite horse, to do every thing he can to ascertain whether or not it really be meant or intended by the proprietor that the horse shall win. The public, who know little or nothing of the tricks of the Turf, never contemplate the possibility of any person entering a favourite horse, far less of his starting him for the race, without being most desirous that he should win; and, consequently, are victimized without perhaps ever suspecting that there was aught else than perfect fairness in the matter. It is well known that many hundreds of pounds have been given to proprietors of favourite horses, to bribe them not to win the race; and it is equally well known that the jockeys destined to ride such horses, have when not directly bribed by the "legs" to lose the race, often received through the proprietors two or three hundred pounds for riding in such a way as to cause the horse to make more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236785541
  • 9781236785541