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This property being acquired, gave the new regime a freedom of action to improve ,the management of the Races. The annual public money given at this period to be run for was 350, and the public money has gradually increased up to the present time, and is now upwards of 2000.
The first step taken was to raise subscriptions to pay all debts owing ; and assurances of support were given by the Chairman, Mr Samuel Laing, of the London and Brighton Railway Company (which had recently come into existence), and its Traffic Manager, Mr George Hawkins, and by dint of great efforts the required sum needed to pay off the obligations was obtained. The Races again assumed a more healthy aspect, and the following notice of the same appeared in the Brighton Herald of the period:
"It is with great satisfaction we announce that in
consequence of the spirited steps taken by a party of
gentlemen interested in the welfare of Brighton, not only
has the credit of the town been relieved from the unworthy
stigma that has been attached to it, but after satisfying
Lord George Bentinck's claim and others, a considerable
sum remains towards carrying out the Races for the
ensuing year in a proper and sportsmanlike manner. We
may now hope for a revival on a new footing. Lord
George Bentinck has been paid, and under the direction of
a Committee, consisting of a party of gentlemen to whom
the greatest thanks are due, we have no doubt but funds
will be raised that will enable the town to offer such prizes
as will ensure the attendance of the best horses. However,
a conscientious feeling will prevent, as we know it has
done, many worthy and influential inhabitants of the town
from lending their support and countenance to racing ;
still we do not think it ought to be concealed that under
proper directions these sports must prove highly beneficial
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