Susan McConnel – The Start
At daylight a string of horses left the stables and yards for the course. Samuel Jones, the drover was on “Turk”, I had three going and there were may others. A timekeeper stood under a tree. The fourth Duke of Portland used to say “that a horse should never go onto a racecourse till it would fare anything”. What would his Grace have said if he had seen our crowd desporting themselves over the plains?