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Since that period the northern wing has been added, making the sum of £10,000 expended on the Stand, Course, &c. Tho Trustees appointed by the Race Committee, and in whom the property is vested, are Mr Alderman Burrows, Mr Alderman Henry Martin, Mr Robert Williams, Mr H. F. Stocken, Mr Lewis Slight, and Mi-Lewis Slight, jun., and under the able superintendence of Mr Henry Dorling, of Epsom, (Clerk of the Course), and the Eace Committee, together with the Honorary Secretary, Mr H. F. Stocken (the successor of Mr Lewis Slight, jun.), who has been indefatigable in carrying out the onerous duties of his office, the Eaces have proved very attractive.
The Brighton Season commences with their advent (and those of Goodwood the week prior)—they occupy three days ; the last one being devoted to those of the Brighton Club, and it was an old saying amongst the inhabitants, " That the last horse at the Eaces brought winter on his tail."
The Eace Ground consists of 105 acres and 30 perches, over which the right of pasturage has been vested in the Marquis of Bristol, by its purchase from the late Mr Thomas Read Kemp, subject to the public rights, —viz., the erection thereon, by the inhabitants, of booths and stalls, &c, for the accommodation and recreation of the public during the Eaces.
The booths, &c, were erected formerly on the west side of the Grand Stand and near to the wall of the New Workhouse premises, but about 20 years ago were removed to a more convenient position on the north side of the Stand, parallel to the Course.
The height of the Stand at the Eace-ground is 384ft. above the level of the sea at low wTater. Hence tho distance which you can observe at sea from tho same is about 24 miles. The Isle of Wight is visible from this spot, and, as the distance to which you can see
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