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The racecourse and racecourse life
Mike Huggins

, which paid dividends of up to 10 per cent, although free admission seems to have been as great an attraction. In the nineteenth century, when most courses were unenclosed, upper- and middle-class groups had provided subscriptions to the race meetings. By the interwar period this practice had died out on flat courses, which were almost all enclosed and reliant on entrance money through the turnstiles. The traditional pattern continued, however, in the smaller National Hunt courses, where elite patronage allowed status positioning within the county community. Race

in Horseracing and the British 1919–39