There’s which resurfaced as a form of entertainment in the 16th century. In the past, horse racing was popular with the Romans (in the form of chariot races) and during the Dark and Medieval AGES. However, during the Middle Ages sports were used for military training rather than entertainment, until a record from Dumfries in 1575 showed that horse racing was back, and since then it has gone on to become a great British tradition in England and Scotland.

Paisley has a long and rich history with horse racing. In fact, the Paisley bell was a contender for the oldest Scots Racing Prizes. However, there was no race on the year that the bell was made in 1608, so the actual honour went to the Lanark Bell, also made in 1608. Horse races were established in Scotland throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. These races were established under the reign of James VI, who has very fond of the sport, and ended up becoming a wide interest of the public.

In 1836 there were two races held at Paisley, and it was only in the 19th century that a coherent record began to emerge. The records suggest that the two races had an attendance of 50,000 people for each day – an incredible figure that reveals just how popular the sport had become over the last few decades. For a while, the Paisley races were an important fixture for the aristocracy’s social calendars, attracting racing fans from all over the country.

Find out what other horse betting meets there are in the UK this year and see what horses are in the running. Companies like Cheltenham Bet will provide you with a simple and easy way to check the odds and make a bet in time for the races. The odds can help you to make a more informed decision, which will improve your chances of winning!

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in England and Scotland, a longstanding tradition with a long and fascinating history; in fact it’s the second largest spectator sport in the UK. Betting on horses to make things a little more exciting has long been a part of the culture as well, so why not bet responsibly and have a great time at the racing event? There are plenty scattered throughout the year and there are more coming before the close of 2015.


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