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Earliest meeting: Monday 18th April 1842
Final meeting: Monday 18th April 1842
The village of Netley, also known as Netley Abbey, is on the south coast of Hampshire, close to Southampton. It is a quaint, old-fashioned village flanked on one side by the ruins of Netley Abbey which was established in 1239, while on the outskirts of the village is the Royal Victoria Country Park. The village held its own steeplechase meeting on Monday 18th April 1842 over a 3 mile course of good hunting ground on the edge of the village owned by Mr Griffin. The 4 race card was sponsored by inhabitants of the village, notably Mr E F Walker and Mr Griffin. The first Sweepstake was won by Mr Griffin’s Bobby Trot from Adelaide and Selina. The second Sweepstake over 2 miles went to Mr Taylor’s Parasol in front of Nix-my-Dolly, while the final Sweepstake for farmer’s horses was won by Kitty for Mr Ivens. The main Steeplechase attracted a field of 9 and was won by Mr W Sheppard’s Farmer Jack.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Griffin, Mr E F Walker
Principal Races

Netley Steeplechase, The E F Walker Sweepstake

Monday 18th April 1842
Netley Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Farmer Jack, bay gelding owned by Mr W Sheppard
2. Betsy Wilkins, chestnut mare owned Mr Wilson
3. Pilot, grey gelding owned by Mr Dawson

The final meeting took place on Monday 18th April 1842.
Course today A 3 mile course in fields owned by Mr Griffin on the edge of the village.
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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