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Earliest meeting: Monday 27th March 1865
Final meeting: Friday 8th February 1867
Glapthorn is a Northamptonshire village just 2 miles north west of Oundle. Oundle had held races for almost 20 years between 1839 and the late 1850s, but the Oundle Hunt organised a race meeting on Monday 27th March 1865 over good hunting ground at Glapthorn when the feature race was the 3 ½ mile Fitzwilliam Hunt Cup. Meetings continued for the next 2 years, with a final steeplechase meeting being staged on Friday 8th February 1867. The Oundle Steeplechase Plate was won by Old Squire, owned by Mr Goodliffe, who beat Reginald. Later in the day the Fitzwilliam Hunt Cup went to Geraldine owned by Mr C B Bletsoe.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Manchester, Earl of Westmorland, Lord Proby, Hon. Fitzpatrick H Vernon
Principal Races Fitzwilliam Hunt Cup, Oundle Steeplechase Plate

Friday 8th February 1867
Fitzwilliam Hunt Cup
1. Geraldine, 5 year old owned by Mr C B Bletsoe
2. Caller Ou, aged horse owned by Mr Hughes
3. Irish Lass, aged horse owned by Mr T Bonser

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 8th February 1867.

Course today Three and a half miles of good hunting ground at Glapthorn.
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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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