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Earliest meeting: Thursday 16th June 1864
Final meeting: Friday 18th June 1869
Lambert’s Castle is the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort in the Jurassic Coast area of Dorset close to Lyme Regis and 5 miles from Axminster. On Thursday 16th June 1864 a race meeting took place on the hill near the Iron Age Fort, when the Lyme Regis Purse of 6 Sovereigns was won by Mr Bevan’s Alice beating Mr Laver’s Win If I Can. The main race that day was the Axminster Hurdle won by the wonder horse Blink Bonny. Racing in 1865 was on Thursday 22nd June when the principal hurdle race went to Sinite owned by Mr Richards. At the meeting on Friday 18th June 1869, when Vexatious beat Duffer in the Hurdle, there was a moderate attendance, poor weather and inferior races and, although racing continued at the venue well into the 20th century, it was predominantly pony or Galloway racing prior to becoming a point to point meeting.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Charles Bond & Mr R Major (Stewards)
Principal Races

Axminster Plate Hurdle, Lyme Regis Purse

Thursday 16th June 1864
Axminster Plate Hurdle
1. Blink Bonny, aged mare owned by Mr Hayman
2. Hambledon Lass, aged mare owned by Mr Blake
3. Lady Cork, aged mare owned by Mr Williams

The final meeting took place on Friday 18th June 1869.
Course today On the hill close to the Iron Age Fort.
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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