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Ledger - Betting, Randwick Racecourse, 1930 Document Reg. No: SH 922223

Summary:
This betting ledger was used by bookmaker Reg McKay at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, NSW, in 1930. The bets are recorded in pencil in columns headed by the relevant horse's name.

It includes the A.J.C.Chelmsford Stakes, run over one mile on the 5th October 1930. This race was won by Phar Lap, ridden by Jim Pike, in 1 minute 51.5 seconds, in front of 85,000 people.

Reg. McKay (1878 - 1968) was a leading bookmaker in Sydney, 1906 - 1938, and a leading Doubles bookmaker in Melbourne 1939 to 1968. He was born in Collingwood, and became a bookie after he moved to Sydney. He kept the ledger as a souvenir of his first day in the Paddock at Randwick.
Description:
Large betting ledger consisting of a number of paper pages printed with blue lines, and blue and red columns. The pages are bound inside brown paper covers held in place by a band of black binders tape.

Inside are recorded the races and the bets taken in a series of races at Randwick in 1930. The bets are recorded in pencil in columns headed by the relevant horse's name printed in pencil.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Warwick McKay, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 405.00 mm (Height), 490.00 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: horse racing, recreation, gambling, racing industry, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Jim Pike, Jockey (1892-1969), Leisure Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: gambling
Inscriptions: Various scribbled notations written in pencil on front cover.

Various notations written inside in pencil.

Printed on maker's label inside front cover: Alf. Burton/ The Sporting Printer/ 194 Pitt St, Sydney
User: Mr Reg McKay, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, 1930

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