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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 26th January 1847
Final meeting: Tuesday 26th January 1847
The north London area of Southgate, in the borough of Barnet, is situated just 8 miles north of Charing Cross. At one time in its history it was the King’s hunting ground, which is highly appropriate given the suburb held its own race meeting in the middle of the 19th century. The meeting was staged on Tuesday 26th January 1847 on a 4 mile line of country consisting of 8 leaps and a brook. The opening Sweepstake on the 3 race card was won by Mr Ford’s Ranger from Gaylad and Carlow. The concluding race was the Southgate Hurdle which had an amazing result in which The Witch beat Broomstick. Although there were no further meetings in the borough, the race theme lives on in street names like Chase Road which still provide an indication of its former association with racing and hunting.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Strathmore, Mr Elmore, Mr S P Beaton & Mr R Reilly (Stewards)
Principal Races Southgate Sweepstake, Southgate Hurdle

Tuesday 26th January 1847
Southgate Sweepstakes
1. The Doctor, brown gelding owned by Mr Salt
2. Little John, bay gelding owned by Mr Markham
3. Grace Darling, chestnut mare owned by Mr Edward

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 26th January 1847.

Course today A 4 mile line of country with 8 leaps and a brook.
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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