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Chandler’s Leap: and other stories from Warwick Racecourse

Blog 21st May 2019 Warwick

By Andrew Klein, General Manager

We are pleased to be involved in the launch of Chris Pitt's new book, ‘Chandler’s Leap: and other stories from Warwick Racecourse’ recalling the wonderful tales of Warwick Racecourse. 

More than 300 years have passed since Lord Brooke, residing in Warwick Castle, donated £15 “towards making a horse race” to be run at Warwick on 16th September 1707.

The three centuries since then have seen many great horses gallop over its greensward, partnered by the finest of jockeys. The racecourse has also been the venue for a plethora of non-racing activities, ranging from bare-knuckle boxing contests to military parades.

 The racecourse has endured its share of scandal including being on the receiving end of criticism from the clergy, the commoners and the Temperance Movement. It has suffered enough financial crises and disputes to threaten the course’s very existence. Yet it has survived all of that to emerge stronger than ever.

            Chris Pitt’s recently published book, ‘Chandler’s Leap: and other stories from Warwick Racecourse’ recalls the human and equine celebrities and tells of the unusual, unique and colourful events to have taken place there.”

The 'Chandlers Leap: and other stories from Warwick Racecourse' will be on sale at £16.50 + £2.50pp charge from Warwick Racecourse directly.

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