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Earliest meeting: Saturday 3rd October 1840
Final meeting: Monday 5th April 1869
The Warwickshire village of Kineton lies on the River Dene and is part of the district of Stratford –on-Avon. It is located about 10 miles from Banbury and the same distance from Warwick, and was the home of race meetings organised by the North Warwickshire Hunt group in the mid-1800s. However, the first record of a meeting in the village was part of the annual Statute Fair on Saturday 3rd October 1840 across fields 3 miles from the village. The opening Hurdle race went to Miss Elbow for Mr Cattern, while the Sweepstake was won by Mad Moll. After racing a special dinner was held at the Swan Inn. Annual events of this nature continued until 1864 when the North Warwickshire Hunt helped organise a meeting on Wednesday 30th March. The meeting on Easter Monday 1865 opened with a match in which the outsider of two, Huntsman beat sole rival Nimrod. The Farmer’s Steeplechase was won by Mr Bawcutt’s Eily O’Connor, while the valuable Kineton Chase fell to Mr Garratt’s Emblematic. The final meeting at Kineton took place on Monday 5th April 1869, after which the course hosted point to point meetings. Further meetings by the North Warwickshire did take place at Packington in 1873 and Campion Hill, Leamington Spa between 1875 and 1909.

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

Lord Willoughby de Broke, Sir Charley Mordaunt, Mr R J Barnard (Master)

Principal Races Kineton Steeplechase, Kineton Sweepstake, Farmer’s Steeplechase

Saturday 3rd October 1840
Kineton Sweepstake over 1 mile
1. Mad Moll, bay mare owned by Mr J Garratt
2. Tar-of-all-weather, bay gelding owned by Mr R Knight
3. Why-Not, black gelding owned by Mr W Horton

The final meeting at Kineton took place on Monday 5th April 1869.
Course today In fields about 3 miles from the village.
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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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