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Earliest meeting: Monday 2nd April 1888
Final meeting: Friday 15th March 1907
The Cambridgeshire village of Kimbolton was once part of the historic county of Huntingdonshire and lies just 7 miles west of St Neots and 24 miles west of the university city of Cambridge. It can trace its history back before the 1086 Domesday Book in which it was recorded, and boasts the historic Kimbolton Castle. The Castle remains today and is now an independent school, but at one time it was the home, and some would say prison, of Katherine of Aragon after she was divorced by Henry VIII. The Oakley Hunt had held races at Kimbolton, on a course near to Hoo Farm, since the early days of the 1800s. In 1888 the Oakley Hunt held a meeting at Kimbolton on Easter Monday and thereafter races continued to be organised by the Oakley Hunt one day a year. The Easter Monday 1889 meeting, although poor in terms of quality, did have the additional attraction of an entry by the Prince of Wales. Indeed, he enjoyed a victory when his horse Reliance won the Oakley Hunt Cup. Whilst meetings under rules ceased on Friday 15th March 1907, the Oakley Hunt continued to make use of the Kimbolton course for their point to point meetings.

For details of Lilly Hoo races and The Hoo races see the links below.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Prince of Wales
Principal Races

Kimbolton Plate, Kimbolton Open Plate, Oakley Hunt Cup

Monday 22nd April 1889
Oakley Hunt Cup over 3 miles
1. Reliance, brown gelding owned by HRH the Prince of Wales
2. Nancy, aged horse owned by Mr W Whitehead
3. Cowboy, 6 year old owned by Mr E G Fenwick

In 1888 the Oakley Hunt held a meeting at Kimbolton on Easter Monday. Races continued to be organised by the Oakley Hunt at Kimbolton once a year. However, the final meeting held under rules took place on Friday 15th March 1907.

Course today

The Hoo course on the edge of the village. Although meetings ceased under rules in 1907, the Oakley Hunt continued to make use of the Kimbolton course for their point to point meetings.

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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