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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 15th March 1848
Final meeting: Wednesday 15th March 1848
The tiny West Wales village of Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire is situated some 8 kilometres south-west of Pembroke and just 7 kilometres south-east of Angle. The village has a long history centered round the church of St Martin which boasts a stone pillar dating back to the 7th century. It also has its own motte and bailey castle from the Norman period. Back in the mid-1800s the village held its own races on Wednesday 15th March 1848 when a 3 mile steeplechase was contested by 5 runners. The course began in the neighbourhood of Hodgeston and wound its way 3 miles towards Castlemartin. The winner was Mr R L Phillips’s Squire Ugly, seeing off the challenge of Peliss and Cock Robin. Later in the day the Scurry Stakes, for which 8 started, was won by The Bachelor.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr R L Phillips, Mr Lort Phillips, Mr J David
Principal Races Castlemartin Steeplechase, Scurry Stakes

Wednesday 15th March 1848
Castlemartin Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Squire Ugly, aged horse owned by Mr R L Phillips
2. Peliss, aged horse owned by Mr J David
3. Cock Robin, aged horse owned by Mr Lort Phillips
4. Cabinboy, aged horse owned by Mr Powell
5. Will Watch, aged horse owned by Mr Lloyd

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 15th March 1848.
Course today A 3 mile course starting in the neighbourhood of Hodgeston.
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

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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