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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 16th July 1867
Final meeting: Wednesday 17th July 1867
Just off the south coast in the borough of Havant, Hampshire is Hayling Island. It seems an unusual place to have a racecourse, but in the middle of the 19th century it organised a two day meeting on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July 1867. The course was in front of the Royal Hotel with the packed grandstand facing the hotel. On the first day the crowd size was depleted because of inclement weather and the cancellation of the trains from Havant. Trains were restored on day 2 and the grandstand was packed. The opening race on the Tuesday was the Hayling Handicap which saw the 3/1 British Tar beat 2/1 favourite Prima Donna. The feature race was the Waterloo Stakes, with 21 runners, which went to outsider Heather Bell. The final day of racing was staged on Wednesday 17th July 1867 and despite an immense crowd there are no records of any future meeting taking place under rules.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl Poulett, Viscount St Vincent, Sir William Throckmorton
Principal Races

Waterloo Stakes, Naval and Military Stakes, Westmead Cup, Hayling Handicap

Tuesday 16th July 1867
Waterloo Stakes H16
1. Heather Bell, aged horse owned by Mr Ayling
2. Purveyor, aged horse owned by Mr J Dixon
3. The Fawn, aged mare owned by Sir William Throckmorton
Betting: 7/4 The Fawn, 4/1 Purveyor, 8/1 Heather Bell

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 17th July 1867.
Course today In the town centre in front of the Royal Hotel.
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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