On this day . . . HORSE PLAY Just for the fun of it.
October 26, 1933, 75 years ago
Charlie Smirke returned to the saddle at Newmarket after being banned for more than five years, though neither of his mounts won.
Smirke had been warned off indefinitely for allegedly making no attempt to start on Welcome Gift at Gatwick in 1928. That horse's subsequent persistent refusal to start eventually made it clear that a miscarriage of justice had occurred, although, of course, the Jockey Club never apologised or paid compensation.
Smirke was 27 and became one of the greatest jockeys of all time, numbering four Derbys among his victories.