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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 30th March 1842
Final meeting: Wednesday 30th March 1842
The Kent area of Conningbrook, in the Ashford area of the county, held a solitary race meeting on Wednesday 30th March 1842. The course was within walking distance of Conningbrook, starting in a field belonging to Mr Fisher. Runners then crossed Mr Sheppard’s meadow and proceeded for 2 miles before turning and heading back to Alt’s Wood. The main Sweepstake attracted a field of 13 and was a keenly fought affair before Mr Maycock’s Sportsman beat Pigiron. A later Sweepstake saw Mr Green’s Merry Lad beat Champion and Ellen, while the day finished with a match in which Mr Maycock’s Columbine defeated Mr Cartwright’s Vampire.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Sheppard, Mr Fisher, Mr Maycock
Principal Races Conningbrook Sweepstake

Wednesday 30th March 1842
The Conningbrook Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Sportsman, grey gelding owned by Mr Maycock
2. Pigiron, bay gelding owned by Mr Bradley
3. Bobby Trot, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Phillips
4. Sailor Boy, brown gelding owned by Mr G Wing

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 30th March 1842.
Course today A 4 mile course starting a short distance from Conningbrook in Mr Fisher’s field.
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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