|The sport of Horseracing is
thought to have been brought to Britain in the first century AD
during the Roman occupation when soldiers used to organise races
on horseback as a means of entertainment. Kings and queens were
amongst those who enthused about horse racing including Charles I
who introduced the first-ever Cup Race, known as the Gold
Cup, and also Queen Anne whose passion for the sport led to the founding of Ascot Racecourse. Traditionally, horses were ridden over a specific distance on flat ground only but during the 18th century the racing of horses involving the jumping of fences and hurdles was introduced, an activity that was to become known in the UK as National Hunt.
The eight stamps that comprise the set feature horses which have all in their own unique way created a piece of history in British horse racing. These include the legendary Red Rum who won the Grand National on three occasions and the indomitable Frankel who remained unbeaten in his 14-race career. Whilst not all of the horses featured were born and reared in Britain, such is the global nature of the modern ‘Sport of Kings’, they have all achieved greatness by winning one or more of the UK’s most prestigious races.
Set - in horizontal se-tenant pairs
1st class - Frankel, Red Rum. £1.17 – Shergar, Kauto Star.
£1.40 - Desert Orchid, Brigadier Gerard. £1.57 - Arkle, Estimate.
The se-tenant stamps are designed by Together Design using illustrations by Michale Heslop. The stamps are printed by International Security Printers in lithography, size 41 x 30 mm, and printed in 4 sheets, 50 per sheet.
Acknowledgements: The illustrations reference the following photographic sources: Frankel © 2017 Racing Chronicle, featured with the kind permission of Juddmonte Farms Inc.; Red Rum © S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport/PA Images, featured with the kind permission of Donald McCain Racing Limited; Shergar © Racing Post, featured with the kind permission of H.H. the Aga Khan’s Studs; Kauto Star © David Jones/PA Archive/PA. Images, featured with the kind permission of Clive D. Smith; Desert Orchid © Colorsport/Rex Shutterstock, featured with the kind permission of Richard Burridge; Brigadier Gerard © S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport/PA Images, featured with the kind permission of Ian Hislop; Arkle © EMPICS/Topham Picturepoint/PA Images, featured with the kind permission of Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity; Estimate © Hugh Routledge/Rex Shutterstock, featured with the kind permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2017, taken with the kind permission of English Heritage
Set of 8 stamps Presentation Pack First Day Cover Set of 8 Stamp Cards - Souvenir Products: Medal Cover, Framed set of 6 stamps.
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