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Earliest meeting: Saturday 11th August 1731
Final meeting: Friday 25th July 1862
The Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, on the River Kennet, is situated 5 miles from Silbury Hill. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held at Marlborough on Saturday 11th August 1731 when the 50 Guineas Purse was won by Mr Tuting’s Cinder-Wench on Marlborough Common. Over a century later the meeting on Tuesday 1st August 1842 was Stewarded by Lord Ernest Bruce, when the Savernake Forest Stakes was won by Mr Jones’ The Corsair, defeating Young Lochinvar and Montzuma. After racing a splendid Ordinary was served at the Angel Inn by host Mr Shepherd. The Sporting Magazine of 1846 recorded results from a meeting on Friday 7th August 1846 when the Town Stakes went to Carissima, the Members’ Plate to the thought provoking Cameleopard, and the Savernake Forest Stakes to Buttress. The final meeting took place on Friday 25th July 1862, concluding with the Town Selling Stakes which was won by Mr J Rickaby’s Dispute, getting the better of Vedette and Princess Vocqsal. A special meeting was held on Marlborough Common on Monday 14th June 1886, although the card allowed half breds and ponies to compete.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons George Osbaldeston, Mr De Mosher, Mr B Land
Principal Races Marlborough Town Stakes, Savernake Forest Stakes

Saturday 11th August 1731

Marlborough 50 Guineas Purse
1. Cinder-Wench owned by Mr Tuting
2. Lady Thigh owned by Mr Bertie
3. Bold Thirkeld owned by Mr Sheppard

Thursday 4th August 1840

Marlborough Plate over 1 ¼ miles
1. Walker owned by Mr Jackson
2. Kate
3. Victoria
4. Hotspur

The Savernake Forest Stakes over 1 ¼ miles
1. Doncaster owned by Mr Treen
2. Kate Kearney
3. Malton

Marlborough Town Stakes over 1 ¼ miles
1. Sir Felix owned by Mr Bond
2. Gorsebush owned by Mr Scott
3. Jim Crow owned by Mr Curwen

Friday 7th August 1846

The Marlborough Town Stakes over a mile
1. Carissima owned by Mr Bristow
2. Rosin The Beau owned by Mr Dixon
3. Wild Roe owned by Mr de Mosher

Marlborough Members Plate over a mile
1. Cameleopard owned by Mr Nicoll
2. Secutor owned by George Osbaldeston
3. Gipsey (sic) Queen owned by Mr Marshall

The Savernake Forest Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Buttress owned by Mr C Hook
2. Regalia owned by Mr Waller
3. Longstock owned by Mr W Etwall

Tuesday 24th July 1855

The Marlborough Town Stakes over a mile
1. Englemere owned by Mr B Land
2. Topsy owned by Mr Clark
3. Roebuck owned by Mr Woolcot

The Savernake Forest Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Vulcan owned by Mr G Drewe
2. Lady Alicia owned by Mr J Bennett
3. Veteran owned by Mr M Stanley

The final meeting took place on Friday 25th July 1862
Course today On Marlborough Common.
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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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