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New Royal Mail stamps pay tribute to racing legends

06 April 2017

New Royal Mail stamps pay tribute to racing legends

In the run up to the Grand National this weekend, the Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps in tribute to some of the greatest horse racing legends.

The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades – the horses making up the set include Red Rum, Shergar and Desert Orchid.

The stamps (two First Class, two £1.17 and two £1.40) launch in the year marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s history-making third Grand National win.

Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, it was due to the 17th-century patronage of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and Charles I that Newmarket in Suffolk developed into the home of organised horse racing.