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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 4th March 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 27th April 1875
The Derbyshire villages of Repton and Gresley jointly organised race meetings in the middle of the 19th century. Repton lies on the edge of the River Trent, less than 5 miles from Burton on Trent, and is famous for its school, Abbey and Priory. A meeting took place on Gresley Common on Saturday 15th April 1848, although this was not the first occasion the two villages had combined. Previously, on Tuesday 4th March 1845, the Repton and Gresley Troop Steeplechase over 3 miles was contested, when staged at nearby Swarkestone. The race was repeated at the same venue on Tuesday 10th March 1846 when Alice Grey was successful for Mr Orton. Much later, on Tuesday 27th April 1875, the Repton and Gresley Troop Hurdle was held at Swarkestone Bridge.

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

Lord Chesterfield, Sir H Seymour

Principal Races Repton & Gresley Steeplechase, Repton & Gresley Troop Hurdle

Tuesday 4th March 1845
Repton & Gresley Troop Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Pioneer owned by Mr J Hassall
2. Old Tom owned by Mr Adams
3. Jewess owned by Mr J Towle

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 27th April 1875.

Course today Initially on Gresley Common and later at Swarkestone.
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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