Gold Cup Heroes

Introduction

In the 1850’s there was a movement to establish a true steeplechase and revive what some saw as the golden sporting age of steeplechasing in the 1830’s. “Fog” Rowlands and others thought of establishing a race “to encourage farmers to breed high class horses” and it was hoped that farmers and hunting men would ride in it. They wanted to discourage the “keeping in training of a set of weeds useful only for betting purposes” by setting a tough cross country course.

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