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than fifteen to a sweepstakes of ten guineas each with sixty to be added by the town. Besides the above, Mr Harrington and other gentlemen have subscribed one hundred guineas to be called the Brighton Club Stakes."
The Races again progressed smoothly and satisfactorily for some years, then again they were on the wane, and the journal spoken of had the following remarks connected with them on August 12th, 1837:—" These races com­menced on Thursday last, and perhaps within the memory of the present inhabitants they have never proved so sig­nificant a failure. The attractions presented were of the meanest sort, the attendance, hitherto so numerous on such occasions, has been, on the present, the most trifling possible, scarcely anything remained to remind us of what they once were but the erection of some booths for the sale of articles of refreshment, and a tolerable sprinkling of the usual attendants at such scenes. The whole of the affair was 'flat, stale, and unprofitable'; each day afforded, by advertisement, but one race. The first for the Brighton Stakes was won by Mr Jno. Day's Airy, beating his horse, the Drummer, and Lord Chesterfield's Hornsea. The second day Her Majesty's Cup was won by the last horse mentioned walking over the course, being the only one placed. Unless something be done to restore our Races to their former state and vigour they will shortly become extinct, Thus ended this very dull affair to the disap­pointment of all. Time was when these Races bore a very different complexion, and if they were of any use to the town, now is the moment to prevent their total extinction. A ball with fireworks has been given each evening at Brown's Royal Gardens."
The Races continued for a few years longer, but the Committee felt their efforts were paralysed by not having any interest in the Stand, as all the money received for admission went into the pockets of the shareholders, who
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