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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 20th July 1842
Final meeting: Tuesday 12th August 1845
The racecourse at Hatcham was in Hatcham Park, within the grounds of Hatcham Manor which was a chapelry in London near to New Cross in what is now the Borough of Lewisham. It first held races from Wednesday 20th to Thursday 21st July 1842 when billed as the 'New City of London' meeting. On the opening day the Hatcham Stakes was won by Revoke for Mr Hornsby, but on the second day he had to settle for second place behind Soloman in the New Cross Sweepstake. Despite having a large population to call upon, the meeting only lasted for a further 3 years. Its penultimate races, a 2 day meeting on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July 1844, opened with the New Cross Handicap which saw Dahlia beat Molly Mogg and Paradise, while the Hatcham Park Stakes went to Mr Messer’s Syntaxina. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 12th August 1845.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Colonel Charritie, Mr Braithwaite, Mr Dockeray, Mr A C Lettler, Mr Parr
Principal Races New Cross Handicap, Hatcham Park Stakes, New Cross Stakes, City Plate Stakes

 Wednesday 20th to Thursday 21st July 1842

The Hatcham Stakes over 2 miles
1. Revoke owned by Mr Hornsby
2. Colchicum owned by Mr Booth
3. Affection owned by Mr Balchin
4. Chummy owned by Mr Goodman
5. Royal Prince owned by Mr I.Day
6. Delusion owned by Mr Tollit
7. Goblin owned by Mr Langham

The New Cross Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Solomon owned by Mr Phillimore
2. Revoke owned by Mr Hornsby
3. The Knight owned by Mr Goodman
4. Royal Prince owned by Mr I.Day

June 1843

The New Cross Stakes over 2 miles
1. Windsor owned by Mr Scott
2. Adrian owned by Mr Cowley
3. Unnamed colt by Ascot owned by Mr Sheppard

The Hatcham Park Handicap Stakes over 2 miles
1. Revoke owned by Mr Hornsby
2. Mosque owned by Mr S Scott
3. Viola owned by Mr Kimber

The City Plate Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Hatcham owned by Mr Braithwaite
2. Bother’em owned by Mr Goodman
3. Revoke owned by Mr Hornsby

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th July 1844

The New Cross Handicap over a mile
1. Dahlia owned by Mr A C Lettler
2. Molly Mogg owned by Mr Dockeray
3. Paradise owned by Mr Prescott

The Hatcham Park Stakes over 2 miles
1. Syntaxina owned by Mr Messer
2. Dalesman owned by Mr Dockeray
3. Fairplay owned by Mr Hardy

Hatcham Sweepstakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Ninety One owned by Mr Parr
2. Devil Among The Tailors owned by Mr Coleman
3. Adrian owned by Mr Cowley

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 12th August 1845.
Course today Within the grounds of Hatcham Manor in Hatcham Park.
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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