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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 14th October 1835
Final meeting: Wednesday 27th October 1852
The Staffordshire town of Burntwood lies 4 miles west of the city of Lichfield and once held its own races over a 2 year period in the 19th century on a course within walking distance of the town. The earliest meeting on Wednesday 14th October 1835 was deemed to be sufficiently important to be included in Baily’s Racing Register. At the meeting staged on Wednesday 16th October 1839 the last race, the Hack Stakes, was won by Zinganee with the famous jockey Sam Chiffney riding Mischief into third place. Race entries were made at The Star Inn Hotel and in the evening the Steward’s Ordinary was served at the same venue.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Middleton & Mr E A Ashmail (both Stewards), Mr Marlow, Mr Fowler
Principal Races Burntwood Subscription Stakes, Burntwood Sweepstakes, Burntwood Handicap Sweepstakes

Wednesday 17th October 1838

Burntwood Sweepstakes over 2 miles and a distance
1. The Fairy owned by Mr Marlow

Burntwood Handicap Sweepstakes over 2 miles and a distance
1. Prudence owned by Mr Fowler

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 27th October 1852.

Wednesday 16th October 1839
The Hack Stakes
1. Zinganee, bay mare owned by Mr Scanoth
2. Phantasmagovia, 5 year old owned by Mr Yardley
3. Mischief, owned by Mr Smith and ridden by Sam Chiffney

Course today On fields within walking distance of the town.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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