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Earliest meeting: Thursday 21st March 1839
Final meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1847
The South Devon Hunt Group was founded in 1810 by George Templer of Stover House near Newton Abbot. Within 30 years they were ready to diversify from Hunting and organised a series of Hunt races. The Steward for the first meeting on Thursday 21st March 1839 was Sir W Carew and the course, in the vicinity of Chudleigh, began in some fields before the runners faced their first high double bank fence which caused most of the runners trouble. They proceeded on to a fence with a four foot post rail to the right and then continued to run alongside the Chudleigh road and on to a series of arable fields and meadowland. The winner, after a tightly fought contest, was Mr T Carew’s Nell Gwynne who just got the better of Cock Robin. The final meeting was staged 8 years later on Wednesday 7th April 1847 also in Chudleigh, and after this meeting the South Devon Hunt continued to have an involvement with racing. In the 1860s meetings billed as ‘South Devon and Newton races’ took place, but were invariably part of a much wider celebration, often containing races for half breds and non-thoroughbreds. The South Devon Hunt later ran a successful programme of point to point meetings.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons South Devon Hunt Group, Sir W Carew
Principal Races South Devon Hunt Steeplechase

Thursday 21st March 1839
South Devon Hunt Steeplechase
1. Nell Gwynne, bay mare owned by Mr T Carew
2. Cock Robin, aged horse owned by Mr Gerrard
3. Wissendine, aged horse owned by Mr Davey

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 7th April 1847.
Course today Starting in fields on the outskirts of Chudleigh and running alongside the Chudleigh road.
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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