Although the fatalities at the Valley had been spread over a long period and were all clearly accidental, the superstitious among the riding boys saw in them the fell work of “vengeful ghosts”, and pointed to the many (non-fatal) accidents to riders in 1959 — nine in all — as evidence that the menace was growing.
With the tolerant permission of the Stewards they had in previous years engaged Buddhist priests to placate the discontented spirits, and colorful traditional ceremonies were held in the stands.
After Mr Samarcq’s death, however, they declared that the ceremonies had been insufficiently representative, and requested that the Club itself make a gesture of participation.
1960-01-18, the Chinese members were in sympathy, and Dr the Hon. S. N. Chau, a Steward, consented to open the ceremony officially.
In 1960, however, the Chairman D Benson, again referred to the frequent accidents and said, “This season must surely have been the worst in the history of the Club.” Seven riders who had been involved in accidents had required hospital treatment.
1954-04-17_10 --- 1960-11-26_05 = 19