Now, everyone knows racehorses go very, very fast, but when I was doing the research for my Newmarket Regency Fortunate Wager, I discovered something that made me wonder whether they can travel in time as well as over distance.
I was looking through the racing prints of the time - of which there are many - and discovered this one by Henry Alken, produced in 1802. At first, I didn't notice anything strange. Driving around the streets of Newmarket, I am used to seeing strings of jockeys talking amongst themselves, laughing, arguing...
But... but is it me or is the rider in the lead TEXTING ON HIS MOBILE PHONE?
And even though it is the first of April, I promise this image hasn't been tampered with!