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The Sport of Kings

還記得之前的《紳士球》文章嗎?原來當中提到英國的Sport of Kings,不是馬球獨尊的。繼續閱讀前,必先提提大家:沉迷賭博,倒錢落海!我絕對反對任何形式的賭博,但今次想和大家從健康和歷史角度淺談英國文化的重要一員,也是馬狗以外的另一項Sport of Kings-賽馬。






除了賽制,查里二世還在Newmarket興建了兩座馬場,July Course和Rowley Mile Course,春秋兩季輪流使用,July Course夏天較曬,怕馬仔辛苦。而查里二世創立了Newmarket Town Plate賽事,至今仍一直有在英國舉行,因為他太愛賽馬了,認為這賽事「should run forever」。


所謂國王是天下人民的父母,查里二世對賽馬的熱愛,當然感染了英國上下的人民。縱使當時有人對賽馬持反對態度,但仍阻止不了這種運動的人氣,而亦因為國王帶起了賽馬的關係,賽馬在英國亦有了「Sport of Kings」的稱呼。


而隨著賽馬日漸普及,博彩也需要規範化。於是,在十八世紀時,一些紳士們就在咖啡室內制定了一系列的賽馬博彩規矩,並漸漸成為今天賽馬會的雛形,也為今天的彩馬博彩業奠下了基礎。除了歷史原因,添加了博彩成份的賽馬亦是令其發達的因素。至今,英國已有不少知名賽事,例如St. Leger Stakes和Epsom Derby等,都廣為人熟悉。



圖片:The 1821 Derby at Epsom

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